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Conservative welfare plans under threat

Is the game up for the Coalition Government? The attempt for NHS reforms failed miserably, multiple attempts to abolish the National Minimum Wage have all failed so far, and there are threats of huge strikes over the next 6 months… starting with one this week. This is obviously to name just a few!!

Now the Work Programme Network has been helping people break through these welfare reforms which could force a surrender by the powers that be.

The one month workfare  over 7 days for 30 hours a week (from day 1 of a claim that jobseekers can be placed on any number of times) subject to a 3 month benefit sanction for first offence – called the Mandatory Work Activity scheme – has been exploited due to legislation issues – Work Programme Network has responded with a refusal letter.

Today, the Work Programme Network has hit out at the £5 billion Work Programme with the first part of a two step plan of action in getting people to refuse it due to, once again, legislation issues. This also involves a refusal letter.

If that wasn’t enough, the Work Programme Network has also revealed a guide on Understanding Jobseekers Allowance which covers Jobcentre Plus regime, “authority”, how JSA and sanctions work, and encourages jobseekers to break free from routine, to bring Jobcentre Plus down to its knees.

Written by Universal Jobmatch

June 29, 2011 at 9:19 am

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  1. I can’t see the Conservatives giving up on attacking the sick/disabled and unemployed, it’s in their blood..


    June 29, 2011 at 9:25 am

    • I agree.

      There is too much momentum going on here, especially with public support/opinion on the unemployed, for it to fail.

      On the other hand, if the figures for unemployment do rise then public opinion may change.


      June 29, 2011 at 9:52 am

  2. I agree pressure needs to be put on the system so it breaks and what better time to put pressure on the system by complaining.

    I for one intend on making one drawn on phonecall on the day of the strike. If enough do this it will create a backlog


    June 29, 2011 at 10:48 am

    • Exactly, and jobseekers need to understand this.

      Jobcentre Plus follows policy (not law) – policy includes targets, internal procedures and guidance (their understanding of the law)

      Jobcentre Plus keeps authority by routine, and have security available in case they lose authority (i.e. get ejected from JCP)

      This is why we hear a lot about responsibilities of the jobseeker… if you can swamp someone in so much implied responsibility then they will surely follow the intended routine more. Sadly so many rules result in a few people rebelling the system, however, up until now this is mostly any action which Jobcentre Plus will claim is abusive or threatening – even when its not!

      Was reading the Work Programme guidance and things like sexual innuendo and unwelcome attention are listed as “unacceptable behaviour” along with obvious ones of abuse, violence and harassment. Providers are to report these cases to Jobcentre Plus. The non-exhaustive list probably includes flirting and sarcasm. Its actually not a condition to behave to claim JSA and its not really a sanction one neither.

      Anyway routine… everything is time based, and jobseekers need to get out of the routine of wanting to get out of the jobcentre asap (I can understand why though). You cannot be late for an appointment (if you do you can lose up to 2 weeks money) but they can make you wait 30 minutes. So this needs to be raised each time it happens… “Why have I been kept waiting so long?” and like DWP Charter explains… I recommend people who have been waiting 15 minutes, to approach any member of staff whom isn’t with a “customer” and ask the same question along with an estimate until you are seen to (DWP Charter states this as “on Time”). Repeat this every 10 minutes after.

      You can win by wasting their time as they still need to handle their workload. In fact you can do this anyway, suggest a job search if not offered, ask about welfare reform changes… the best way is when they aren’t aware you are taking the piss.

      Liek you suggest complaining doesnt really get people anywhere but if more people did it, it just consumes so much time, money and effort. They want to take away your benefit? Then make the benefit savings be offset by the increased costs of administration. Data Protection Act requests etc.

      Work Programme

      June 29, 2011 at 12:58 pm

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