Ipswich Unemployed Action.

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Online Identity Scheme, Who’s Who.

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It’s not only Universal Jobmatch that will be the on-line route for all Job Seekers. In the near future all claims for Universal Credit will have to be made via the Net. The DWP has just announced who will guarantee our “privacy” for the scheme.

The Post Office, Cassidian, Digidentity, Experian, Ingeus, Mydex, and Verizon are the successful providers chosen to design and deliver a secure online identity registration service for the Department for Work and Pensions.

The identity registration service will enable benefit claimants to choose who will validate their identity by automatically checking their authenticity with the provider before processing online benefit claims.

The Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud said:

“We are working with cyber security experts to ensure we are clear about the threats to the online process and we are confident that the providers announced today will offer an effective, safe and free to use identity service for future online benefit claims.”

As well as offering a safe and secure system, providers will be required to offer a simplified registration process, minimise the number of usernames and passwords a customer will need to remember and reduce the costs incurred across Government for the management of Identity Assurance.

The online Identity Assurance model will be incorporated into Universal Credit as it’s developed and rolled-out. Over time Identity Assurance will become available to all UK citizens who need to access online public services.  Here

Ignus for one is already mired in controversy in the sense that they are part of the Work Programme. Boycott Workfare reports,

Today it was brought to our attention that Ingeus (owned by city financiers Deloitte) have two very disturbing features on their Work Programme regime

  1. Unemployed people will be forced to do six month long workfare placements
  2. They will also be put into “peer-run” groups which will encourage unemployed people to discipline and report on each other.

Expertian is a nasty credit snooper company.

Digidentity is a Dutch firm and most of the information about it is in that language. In English it announces that

“Everyone should be able to identify, authenticate, and authorize themselves online in a simple, secure way. That is our mission! Digidentity offers solutions that enable safe digital communications between individuals, companies and governmental…”

And so on and so forth…

Mydex claims to be  a British social-enterprise helping to make it easier and safer for individuals to hold, control, and re-use their personal information in effective and secure ways.

The Conservative Party and the Cabinet  consider Mydex’s work a template for  how people can manage their personal data, or as they call it in the jargon, a “user-centric model” .

There remain concerns however,

“Would the Cabinet Office allow citizens to have control of their online identities and personal data? Or were big business interests preparing to step in, deliver the ecosystem, but nudge the individual aside and take over from government as the holder of big-brother power?”

Verizon is  an US American broadband and telecommunications company.

It   has taken an active interest int tracking down people for “piracy”, and acts as a police man against this,

“Verizon home Internet subscribers may get slapped with slower speeds for downloading too much pirated content and ignoring warnings to stop. The company revealed its anti-piracy plans during a panel discussion in New York, TorrentFreak reports. The plans are part of a joint effort by Internet service providers and media companies, known as the Copyright Alert System, to warn and in some cases punish repeat offenders.”

The poor old Post Office is being fattened up for privatisation. Apart from that one cannot see anything special they offer.

There have been reports – sometimes denied – that the whole system faces great delays. Not least because of IT problems.

With this shower involved we can see that this is very probable.


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  1. “They will also be put into “peer-run” groups which will encourage unemployed people to discipline and report on each other.”

    Classy. That couldn’t possibly lead to a culture of bullying the vulnerable could it!

    Fuck that shit!

    Ghost Whistler

    November 17, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    • Just like being back at school!


      November 18, 2012 at 11:12 am

  2. This is just a hypertheyical idea:

    I for one would welcome a electronic shutdown to all vunerable IC’s.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 17, 2012 at 10:35 pm

  3. “peer-run” groups, interesting! How long before that’s going to end in a case of the discussion being continued over tea and cakes at some ones private residence?


    November 18, 2012 at 1:57 am

  4. “They will also be put into “peer-run” groups which will encourage unemployed people to discipline and report on each other”

    Squeal on and bully your fellow JS`ers to avoid torture (sanction).


    November 18, 2012 at 2:35 am

    • Psst, Obi Wan Kenobi says he is working on the side… you should check out that Andrew Coates too, I think he I living with a partner.


      November 18, 2012 at 11:11 am

      • Snitch:

        When did I say that then? – I’m claiming JSA – I’m unemployed and I have never worked on the side.

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        November 18, 2012 at 11:19 am

      • I live with someone I love – me.

        Andrew Coates

        November 18, 2012 at 11:55 am

      • That is what has been bothering me. How am I supposed to do 35 hours jobsearch when I am working on the side. How am I going to find the time? I suppose I will have to give up my job.


        November 19, 2012 at 2:28 am

      • Watch out for this Stan:

        “COUNCIL bosses approved the use of powers designed to counter terrorism and organised crime to carry out a covert operation against a benefit fraud suspect.
        According to Forest Heath District Council papers, Anglia Revenues Partnership (Arp) was given one month to investigate a suspect using under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (Ripa).

        The Act, which allows for the interception of communications, surveillance and the use of covert human intelligence sources, has recently been limited amid widespread fears of misuse by local authorities.

        But the authorisation for the Forest Heath operation was given on August 2, three months before the Protection of Freedoms Act required councils to apply to a magistrate before they can launch surveillance operations.

        The council has insisted that the powers are only used “when all other options have been exhausted” but critics have claimed it should be the police, not the local authority, who investigates suspected crimes.

        Nick Pickles, director of Big Brother Watch, a campaign group set up to challenge policies that threaten privacy and civil liberties, said: “Benefit fraud is clearly a serious crime.

        “But that is why it should be the police leading an investigation into a criminal abuse of the benefits system and not a council official.

        “There is a serious question about whether this operation would have been signed off by a magistrate as is now required.”

        The use of the law was revealed in a report to Forest Heath council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee, which is being held to update councillors on approved applications for use of Ripa powers since July 1.

        The council has said they are unable to reveal what methods were used in the August operation, the status of which is now listed as “cancelled”, because the investigation into the suspect is continuing.

        A spokeswoman for Forest Heath District Council said: “These powers are used with the utmost discretion, when all other options have been exhausted. There are rigorous checks and balances to go through before permission is granted, and all decisions to allow use are subsequently scrutinised.”

        Earlier this year the East Anglian Daily Times reported how Suffolk County Council had used Ripa powers to make test purchases of a puppy, at dating agency services and a “house of horrors”.

        The council said they acted “sparingly and responsibly” to combat crimes of public concern.”

        I bet they’ll find a way round the new laws.


        Andrew Coates

        November 19, 2012 at 11:14 am

      • Too right we are all being stitched up as suspects. And cases of suspected benefit fraud seem to be falling under the jurisdiction of the Serious & Organised Crime Squad. You never known when the jobcentre/provider had filed a report and placed you under suspicion. The most sweeping powers are available for the investigation of benefit fraud including, but not limited to, interception of your communications (mail. telcom, internet).

        Fraud Squad

        November 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm

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  6. Iain Duncan Smith is going to be on Question Time this week, Thursday 22nd November – BBC1 at 10:35pm – should be fun!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 18, 2012 at 11:21 am

  7. Has every one on JSA downloaded this document? IF NOT YOU REALLY NEED TO RIGHT NOW. Go to the link below.


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm

  8. Jobseekers who monitor and spy on and snitch on other jobseekers are nothing more than Vichy Regime collaborators. It’s impossible to imagine what advantage these sneaks think they’ll get from their controllers at Ingnuts. Another bowl of gruel, perhaps ?

    Maybe they were conned into believing that acting as Delta’s little helpers would get them a reduction in their time as work programme conscripts. Fat chance. Jobseekers behaving as informants will be a sort after and valuable commodity to their unofficial bosses, and they’ll probably end up being sentenced to even more time on their work programme correctional facility.


    November 19, 2012 at 1:56 am

  9. Mr. Coates, Thank you very much for your concern. I had had a drink. It was a joke (not a very good one). Please accept my full and unreserved and heartfelt apologies. Sorry.


    November 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm

  10. Stan :
    That is what has been bothering me. How am I supposed to do 35 hours jobsearch when I am working on the side. How am I going to find the time? I suppose I will have to give

    up my job.

    I think everyone has the right to ask their employer for flexi time now.


    November 19, 2012 at 12:48 pm

  11. https://jobsearch.direct.gov.uk/Reports/Reports.aspx

    This link allows you to query the data already inputted into the new JCP site.

    E.g. In the “newly added cv’s” report, of the 1,172 cv’s uploaded so far, only 14 are from gay folk!

    Charlie D

    November 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm

  12. What’s happened to consent.me.uk? Has it been attacked by the DWP?

    Richard Hunt

    November 19, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    • seems its been closed down!

      Work Programme

      November 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      • And just as Universal Jobmatch goes live – no conspiracy there then 🙂


        November 19, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      • This website will be the next to go.

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        November 19, 2012 at 7:42 pm

  13. These are the documents which were on consent.me.uk

    Universal Jobmatch
    Notes for Jobcentre Plus staff

    “Requiring Jobcentre Plus customers to use the Services

    10.7 When the Services are implemented, Jobcentre Plus
    customers (including potential jobseekers) will not be
    mandated to register and create a profile.”
    From: DWP TLMS Schedule 2.1, Authority (Universal
    Jobmatch) Requirements

    “Q8. Does everyone have to register to search for jobs?
    No, but if not, jobseeker’s will not be able to access all the
    facilities listed in question 7.”

    “Q13. Will claims to benefit be affected by the service?
    No, this is a job posting and matching service, which is
    open to everyone, not just benefit claimants and is not
    connected to any claims.”
    From: Universal Jobmatch question and answer brief
    (August 2012)

    “The first time you login you can set up a profile and
    authorise [consent to] us [or not] to view your account and
    send you messages.”
    From: Jobcentre leaflet – An overview of Universal
    Jobmatch for jobseekers

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 19, 2012 at 6:40 pm

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