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Work for Your Benefit scheme to be axed… finally!

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Since the Community Action Programme has been formulated, they are now going to scrap the Work for Your Benefit regulations via a new proposed regulation: The Jobseeker’s Allowance (Jobseeking and Work for Your Benefit) (Amendment and Revocation) Regulations 2012.

 Revocation of the Jobseeker’s Allowance (Work for Your Benefit Pilot Scheme) Regulations 2010

4. The Jobseeker’s Allowance (Work for Your Benefit Pilot Scheme) Regulations 2010(7) are revoked.

We recently reported how the Conservatives had left the scheme dormantThe bad news is the enabler under the Jobseekers Act 1995 (section 17A and 17B-17C) that was added to allow this scheme is being kept and is used for the Work Programme etc.

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  1. The bad news outweighs the good.

    Andrew Coates

    December 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm

  2. From chapter 9
    33. In order to support these processes and to comply with Data Protection legislation you will need to ensure that you have the participant’s written, informed consent allowing DWP to contact their employer/s or host organisation/s directly. It is your responsibility to obtain this consent and to determine the optimum time for obtaining it. The participant consent form, which cannot be altered in any way because it contains the appropriate legal wording, can be found at Annex 1 of Chapter 5 of the Generic Provider Guidance Evidencing / Validating Payments. The declaration should be completed and signed by the participant and kept on file in your premises.

    34. This consent form has been designed to ensure DWP is compliant with DPA requirements for the purpose of contacting employers. This consent form will not entirely cover your responsibilities. Therefore to comply with Data Protection legislation, you must have a participant declaration which gives authority for you to collect process and share participant information. You must ensure that this declaration is included in the participant’s induction pack which should be completed and signed by the participant and kept securely on file by you.

    It seems to me if you don’t sign away your rights (and they can’t make that a requirement) they can’t get fully paid.

    Anton

    December 18, 2011 at 9:08 pm

  3. is this good news or bad unless they do away with the cap version before new year

    kate

    December 19, 2011 at 1:21 am

  4. Homeless people die 30 years younger, study suggests

    Homeless people in England die 30 years younger than the national average, research has suggested.

    The report for the charity Crisis found an average homeless person has a life expectancy of 47, compared with 77 for the rest of the population.

    Drug and alcohol abuse account for a third of all deaths among the homeless.

    The report comes as the government is set to announce that £20m will be spent to provide assistance to single people facing homelessness.

    The Sheffield University report said that while drug and alcohol abuse often lead to homelessness, being without a home exacerbates the problem.

    And while the overall average of death for men and women who were homeless was 47, the mean age of death for women was found to be even lower, at 43.

    It was not just people sleeping on the streets who were studied, the wider homeless population which include those who live in night shelters, hostels and who use day centres were also considered.

    General population

    Researchers found that homeless people are nine times more likely to commit suicide than the rest of the population and deaths as a result of traffic accidents are three times more common.

    Crisis’ chief executive, Leslie Morphy, said that significant investment in the NHS had not helped homeless people to address their health issues.

    “It is shocking, but not surprising, that homeless people are dying much younger than the general population,” she said.

    “Life on the streets is harsh and the stress of being homeless is clearly taking its toll.”

    A Department of Health spokesman said: “We know that many homeless people have acute and often multiple health needs.

    “That is why we have established the Inclusion Health programme, which focuses on improving access to healthcare, and the results it achieves, for vulnerable groups such as rough sleepers.”

    The charity Shelter has also highlighted the plight of the 70,000 children they say will spend Christmas in temporary accommodation without a permanent home.

    Shelter said the problem has not been fully addressed.

    It pointed to the latest government figures which showed 69,846 children in England have to live in hostels, bed and breakfasts and refuges. That figure compares to more than 112,000 in 2007.

    The charity’s director of communications, policy and campaigns, Kay Boycott, said: “We cannot underestimate the damage homelessness has on children’s lives.

    “They often miss out on vital schooling because they are shunted from place to place and many become ill by the poor conditions they are forced to live in.”

    Council co-ordination

    Housing Minister Grant Shapps responded by saying that the government would try to help anyone in need.

    “The plight of homeless people should be on our minds all year round – not just at Christmas,” he said.

    “We’re fortunate to have some of the toughest laws in the world to prevent people from ending up on our streets, and while homelessness remains lower than in 28 of the last 30 years I’m always anxious to do more.

    “That’s why I’m announcing £20m of new funding which, for the first time, will specifically help single homeless people, who all too often slip through the safety net. This money will be used to help prevent homelessness at an earlier stage.”

    Mr Shapps also said he will be asking councils to work together to decide how best to use the cash to meet local needs.

    The £20m funding is in addition to the existing £400m Preventing Homelessness grant over the next four years and will be made available in the new year.

    Homeless people die 30 years younger, study suggests

    BBC

    December 21, 2011 at 10:00 am

  5. MWA scheme is/was a joke, hopefully it is coming to an end.

    ACA The Underground

    February 13, 2013 at 6:45 am

  6. can anyone help me out here I was sent on this but I was lucky and got a job just as they were getting ready to put me on the work part but my job might be ending soon after a year and 3 months if I sign back on do I go right back on this course or or after a year do you start from scratch

    kate

    February 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm


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