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Hundreds of thousands of people hunting for work on a ­government jobs website may have been chasing posts that never existed, ministers admit.

Nearly 60% of employment advertised on the Universal Jobmatch scheme could have been placed by bogus firms – some of which have been demanding upfront fees from applicants for fake background checks.

A third of a million job vacancies advertised on the government’s official website for jobseekers are suspected of being bogus, falsely promoted or against the rules, documents seen by the Guardian show.Frank Field, a Labour MP and former minister, has established that officials are concerned about more than 350,000 vacancies promoted on the Universal Jobmatch site, which must be used by unemployed people to apply for jobs in order to claim benefits. This amounts to around half of the jobs currently being advertised on the flagship website that Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, said would “revolutionise” the process of looking for work.

Reports the Guardian.

Field started asking questions about the website after discovering that some of his constituents had been scammed out of money by false employers, who asked for bank details upfront and cash for criminal record checks before disappearing.

He believes the whole website is “bedevilled with fraud” and “out of control”, and is calling on Duncan Smith to “get a grip” on the contract, which is managed independently by a private recruiter called Monster.

In a letter to Field, the Department for Work and Pensions revealed that more than 352,659 job adverts might be in breach of the Universal Jobmatch website’s terms and conditions. These rules specify that employers must advertise the position fairly and comply with the law, including advertising an “actual job or work opportunity”, not using premium rate phone numbers, paying at least the minimum wage and not costing the applicant any money to start.

In a letter dated 27 February, DWP officials are contacting the employers promoting these opportunities to “seek evidence of compliance” within the next five days or face the termination of their accounts. The DWP said this “exercise” would take around three weeks.

It comes after an investigation by Channel 4 News estimated last month that more than 11,000 positions currently advertised on the government’s Universal Jobmatch website may not actually exist, ranging from vacancies for sous chefs to dry-cleaners. In its early days, the website was ridiculed for advertising joke jobs for MI5 hitmen, mafia couriers and even prostitutes.

Field claims that many jobseekers have been robbed of large sums of money by a sham company that advertised fake jobs and actually conducted bogus interviews inside a jobcentre. He said the victims were informed that their new employer was a nonentity and that they had been ripped off on arrival at what they expected to be their first day of work.

“The heart of the government’s welfare reform programme is bedevilled with fraud and, in its current state, it is out of control,” he said. “Anyone can place an advertisement on the site in the space of five minutes by ticking a few boxes. Ministers need to get a grip before more people fall victim to fraudsters preying on them with the helping hand of a major government department.”

Field has now asked the National Audit Office to investigate the scale of job fraud as a “matter of urgency”.

The Mirror today.

Employment Minister Esther McVey revealed 179 businesses advertising 350,000 of the 600,000 places on offer through the website are being investigated.

Labour MP Frank Field, who unearthed the figures, said some jobseekers were being asked to pay £65 for criminal checks.

They later found out the firm did not exist.

Mr Field said: “Something rotten appears to be taking hold of Jobcentre Plus where the Government is allowing ­fraudsters into the heart of its welfare operations.

“Anyone can place an advertisement on the site in the space of five minutes by ticking a few boxes.

“Ministers need to get a grip before more people fall victim to fraudsters preying on them.”

Daily Mirror.

BBC (an Hour ago).

The government’s Universal Jobmatch website “is bedevilled with fraud and, in its current state, it is out of control”, a senior Labour MP has said.

Frank Field said some jobseekers had been tricked into paying £65 each for bogus criminal background checks while applying for jobs that did not exist.

More than 350,000 job adverts on the website might breach the website’s rules in some way, he added.

But the government said the “vast majority” of vacancies were genuine.

Mr Field said the Department for Work and Pensions had written to him admitting that 179 employer accounts advertising 352,569 jobs might potentially be in breach of the website’s terms and conditions, which dictate that adverts must describe an “actual job or work opportunity” in an accurate way.

The advertisements must be for jobs paying at least the minimum wage, must not be duplicates and must not include premium-rate phone numbers, the website continues.

‘Revolutionary’ But Mr Field said: “Anyone can place an advertisement on the site in the space of five minutes by ticking a few boxes.

“Start Quote

We crack down on those who don’t play by the rules”

Department for Work and Pensions spokesman

“Ministers need to get a grip before more people fall victim to fraudsters preying on them with the helping hand of a major government department.”

In a press release, he said he had received evidence from constituents “suggesting jobseekers have been robbed of large sums of money by a sham company that was able to advertise fake jobs on Universal Jobmatch and stage what turned out to be bogus job interviews under a false identity, actually in Jobcentre Plus itself.

“Jobseekers who applied for jobs with the sham company were required, as part of the application process, to provide bank details and an upfront payment of £65 for criminal background checks.

“However, upon arrival at what they expected to be their first day of work, the victims were informed that their new employer was a non-entity and that they had been ripped off.”

Mr Field said the Department for Work and Pensions had told him that the 179 accounts were being “contacted to seek evidence of compliance”.

But he demanded an urgent investigation from the National Audit Office of the scale of fraud on the website.

A spokesman for the department said: “Universal Jobmatch revolutionises the way jobseekers look for work and it has already helped many jobseekers find the jobs they want through the millions of vacancies posted since 2012.

“The truth is that the vast majority of employers post genuine jobs, and we crack down on those who don’t play by the rules.

“We also regularly monitor the site and remove jobs that don’t meet our rules, such as duplicate advertisements.”

What a bloody shambles!

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Written by Andrew Coates

March 6, 2014 at 11:32 am

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  1. The government are probably getting IDS to post these bogus vacancies himself.

    Amazing how everyday there are thousands of new listings on UJM, yet half of the apply links don’t work and none of them are posted in the local paper (which a few years ago used to include a jobs section that was thicker than the newspaper itself)

    Chris

    March 6, 2014 at 11:47 am

    • “(which a few years ago used to include a jobs section that was thicker than the newspaper itself)”

      Aahh: happy days. I remember them well; simpler times. And happy times too!

      jj joop

      March 6, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      • I’d say just prior to 2010 before the jobs section of the paper disappeared completely. Even the agencies had ads in their windows as you walked past. Now they just seem to cut and paste each others on UJM!

        Chris

        March 6, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      • Quite good if you had to walk down the garden to the outhouse. A curry could take up a whole newspaper till done. pity the results could not then be wallpapered onto IDS.

        something survived...

        March 7, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    • My personal adviser at A4e work program seemed to be actually shocked when I told her about the ongoing scams. Good actress, or fully aware of problems ? Whatever, she said she would share the Ch4 news clip with her co-workers.I’ll keep spreading the news.

      alan

      March 6, 2014 at 4:29 pm

  2. Isn’t UJM American? I’ve been told the computer you use to log on can be tracked.

    S Marquess

    March 6, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    • Universal Jobmatch is supposed to be administered by the DWP but the servers are based in Utah USA – to say the DWP paid Monster £15 Million to build and run Universal Jobmatch it’s a fucking joke even amongst the recruitment community.

      No one in their right might would ever use this to search for a job. Yes you are mandated to register you profile and create a public CV on UJM to claim Jobseekers allowance, but that is where the mandate ends, nothing in the rules and regs say’s you have to actually use UJM to search for a job as there are many more much better websites to use such as CV Library and so on.

      IDS must be held accountable this time.

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      March 6, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    • Yes As With A Mobile Phone You Leave A ”Click Trace” Of When Where [You Are] Have Been. Along With Date Time And For How Long. And You Thought ”Echelon” Had Gone Away!

      Middlesex5000

      March 6, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      • That Last Post Was For S Marquess Post 4 Of 6 March

        Middlesex5000

        March 6, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    • No one I know to date has uncovered exactly where the servers are BUT if they DO NOT RESIDE WITHIN THE UK then data protection or should I say ICO ARE POWERLESS TO DO ANYTHING IF YOUR DATA IS STOLEN OR MISUSED.

      As for tracking,every website tracks your activity,even the adverts placed by third parties track you whether you click on them or not.

      If you use your own PC then download and install CCLEANER which has a powerful deep cleaning side that deals with cookies and other browser related issues like which I don’t believe has been advertised here yet but is known as SUPER COOKIES that aren’t deleted by your browsers as they reside in a file on the main system. Then theirs the dreaded boot cookies, formly known as BOOTJACKERS. These are a bitch to remove to say the least and often like the BBCs old iplayer you use to have if you wished installed on your system ends up with the user having to reinstall windows completely. This said we now have standalone security protection that you place on a USB stick or even a disk that runs separately to the hard drive as you cant remove a bootjacker often while the operating system (windows) is running on the main hard drive.

      Hope this helps

      gaia

      March 7, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      • Supercookies use the DOM (Document Object Model( also known as persistent storage, don’t think many webusers know they are being tracked by these? Flash also stores cookies.

        IT Security Expert

        March 7, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      • You can remove anything from Windows with a live CD, nasties like viruses that start with WinLogon under Windows registry so there is no way you can remove them from a running Windows system.

        IT Security Expert

        March 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm

  3. From UJM Terms & Conditions:

    “5.2 We don’t accept liability for loss or damage incurred by users of the website, whether direct, indirect or consequential, whether caused by tort, breach of contract or otherwise. This includes loss of:

    income or revenue
    business
    profits or contracts
    anticipated savings
    data
    goodwill
    tangible property

    or wasted management or office time in connection with our site or in connection with the use, inability to use, or results of the use of our site, any websites linked to it and any materials posted on it. This condition shall not prevent claims for loss of or damage to your tangible property or any other claims for direct financial loss that are not excluded by any of the categories set out above.”

    Under Civil Law, a contract signed under duress (Threat of financial loss arising from sanctions for non-compliance, as example) would render both the contract and any clauses, such as the aboveT&Cs, as unlawful and therefore void.

    gil_jnr

    March 6, 2014 at 3:03 pm

  4. Here’s a typical example of a job the DWP allows to be posted on Universal Jobmatch – and OH YES IT BREAKS ALL THE RULES OF ADVERTISING A JOB ON UJM.

    Government website publishes prostitute recruitment advert.

    The owner of the Horny Escorts agency says no experience is necessary and offers flexible working hours – but applicants ‘must like sex’

    The description said: “Female worker wanted to go out with guys maybe for evening or have full on sex.” “This would be better if you was single and be able to work at your own pace.

    “Looks and race ­unimportant. You will need a mobile phone. No experience necessary.”

    The advert was posted on the Universal Jobmatch area of the Direct Gov site

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/job-seekers-government-website-publishes-2968598

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    March 6, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    • So what does a woman who is a survivor of sexual assault or abuse do when mandated to apply for such a job? Apply to avoid a sanction and have a total breakdown? Refuse to apply and be sanctioned and rendered destitute?

      Vacancies like these will also open up another route for JCP+ advisors to abuse female claimants, based on their own opinions of female sexuality and beauty.

      Lucy

      March 8, 2014 at 11:32 am

  5. No Wonder They Are Based (UJM). This Is Mormon Country Right In The Heart Of The Bible Belt. Ironic And Two Faced

    Middlesex5000

    March 6, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    • Should Have said Utah

      Middlesex5000

      March 6, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    • What does a server being based in Utah have anything to do with religion? Have you personally inspected the religious leanings of the company and it’s employees? You really don’t do yourself any favours making such bizarre comments that have nothing to do with fake jobs and scam agencies. Personally I wouldn’t hire someone who clearly has issues.

      Trigger Warning

      August 6, 2014 at 12:15 pm

  6. “Frank Field MP says many jobseekers have been robbed of large sums of money by a sham company that advertised fake jobs and actually conducted bogus interviews inside a jobcentre.”

    This is an absolutely disgusting situation.it shows the government just don’t care about the unemployed.they sat back content to push the scrounger message and dream up statistics for political gain by anyone who would believe them.

    its now caught up with them and anyone who has lost out should be compensated. being branded a scrounger and losing money through job related scams’ is totally wrong

    ken

    March 6, 2014 at 3:26 pm

  7. Here’s Channel 4’s report on the latest Universal Jobmatch fiasco:

    Government Jobmatch site filled with duplicate job listings.

    The government’s Universal Jobmatch website continues to list potentially bogus and duplicated job ads, despite our recent investigations into its misuse.

    A spot check of the government’s Universal Jobmatch website undertaken by Channel 4 News has found that more than one in five adverts listed are copies.

    Analysing a random sample of 2.7 million jobs placed on the site in the last 12 months, we found that more than 650,000 offered duplicated descriptions.

    Last month, an investigation by Channel 4 News revealed that one in fifty jobs on the website were potentially bogus.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    March 6, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    • “The DWP says that a number of jobs on their website don’t meet their terms and conditions but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are bogus.”

      Just what does that mean exactly? I’m confused,

      jj joop

      March 6, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      • “When we use a word, it means just what we choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” 🙂

        Humpty Dumpty of the DWP

        March 7, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    • “Revolutionised how jobseekers find work”, really IDS, your going to use the word revolutionised. Now either the public be they working or not have a 2 second recollection including me or im afraid the likes of monster, fish4jobs, jobsite, indeed and the likes revolutionised the way we find work a very,very long time ago and to think the news sites didn’t even question it and if you notice they leave it right until the end to say it to.

      Please somebody, tell me where UJM is revolutionised, where it hasn’t been done elsewhere and better may I add?

      Liar, liar, pants on fire IDS, which by now what with also fiddling the stats, having zero control over the civil service must be one big old charcoaled carbon mess.

      IDS doesn’t fight fraud, he creates it.

      gaia

      March 7, 2014 at 4:31 pm

  8. My personal adviser at A4e work program seemed to be actually shocked when I told her about the ongoing scams. Good actress, or fully aware of problems ? Whatever, she said she would share the Ch4 news clip with her co-workers.I’ll keep spreading the news.

    alan

    March 6, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    • Hmm…yes. They’re always “shocked” aren’t they. They know very well what’s going on.

      jj joop

      March 7, 2014 at 8:22 am

      • Too right, every man, woman and their dog already knows but you can guarantee your work program/jc “adviser” will looked “shocked” when you tell them lol 🙂

        Life On Mars

        March 7, 2014 at 9:24 am

  9. Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, said Universal Jobmatch would “revolutionise” the process of looking for work.

    Well IDS you were right, Universal Jobmatch has well and truly ‘revolutionised’ the process of looking for work by opening the door to scammers, fraudsters, pimps and such like.

    Well done Iain Duncan Smith, another unmitigated disaster!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    March 6, 2014 at 4:01 pm

  10. SUNDAY POLITICS BBC1 11:00am Sun Feb 8th.

    What do you want to ask Iain Duncan Smith?

    We will look at comments on this (facebook) thread (plus any tweeted via the #askIDS tag) and Andrew will put some of them to the work and pensions secretary.

    To increase the chances of your your question being asked, keep it short, relevant and clean! (There won’t be time to read out 1,000-word essays and there’s little point adding clips or links to lengthy blogs to your question)

    https://www.facebook.com/bbcdailyandsundaypolitics

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    March 6, 2014 at 6:47 pm

  11. The Huffington Post. 06/03/2014.

    Iain Duncan Smith Faces Probe Over ‘Bogus’ Jobs On Jobseekers Website.

    Iain Duncan Smith’s Department of Work and Pensions could be investigated after it emerged that over a third of a million jobs it advertises for job hunters could be bogus or unlawful.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/03/05/iain-duncan-smith-jobmatch_n_4904627.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

    I hope they nail him to the fucking wall – oh and sack him.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    March 6, 2014 at 7:54 pm

  12. So, is there anyone still looking into these ‘fake’ jobs?

    Another Fine Mess

    March 6, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    • I am.

      60%? Looks much worse to me…

      Universal Jobmatch

      March 7, 2014 at 12:52 am

      • I am.

        U +me +1other + CH4News

        60%? Looks much worse to me…

        Well, you’ve seen my estimates. Perhaps we should swap emails.

        Another Fine Mess

        March 7, 2014 at 1:02 am

  13. Reblogged this on Universal Jobmatch.

    Universal Jobmatch

    March 7, 2014 at 12:50 am

    • Channel Four should have acknowledged you for exposing this fraud well before they did.

      Andrew Coates

      March 7, 2014 at 11:53 am

      • Hello Andrew 🙂 *waves*

        Jon Snow (Channel 4 News)

        March 7, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    • Hello Universal Jobmatch *waves*

      Jon Snow (Channel 4 News)

      March 7, 2014 at 12:25 pm

  14. Re: forthcoming CWPs

    Does anyone know if You can stop JCP form sharing your personal data with a CWP provider?

    jj joop

    March 7, 2014 at 8:24 am

    • No, JCP will still pass your personal data on to the c!”£ts.

      Fuck the CWP

      March 7, 2014 at 9:18 am

  15. MINISTERS have terminated the contract of a back-to-work firm in Yorkshire after figures showed 88 per cent of its clients did not find a long-term job.

    Employment Minister Esther McVey announced yesterday she is ending the contract held by Newcastle College Group (NCG) to deliver the Government’s flagship Work Programme across North and East Yorkshire after figures showed it helped just 2,400 of its 20,000 referrals to find lasting work between 2011 and 2013.

    Ms McVey said NCG’s performance in Yorkshire was the worst of all 40 private work programme contractors across the UK. A further 10 companies have been placed in ‘special measures’ and ordered to improve.

    Rachel Reeves, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary and the MP for Leeds West, said: “The termination of NCG’s contract is another blow to the Government’s failing Work Programme.

    http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/ministers-terminate-back-to-work-firm-s-yorkshire-contract-1-6483084

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    March 7, 2014 at 10:23 am

    • If anyone would like to send their congratulations to the Newcastle College Group on the fact that the DWP has terminated their Work Programme contract, here’s their website. (the contact us link is at the bottom of their homepage)

      http://www.ncgrp.co.uk/

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      March 7, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      • Ha, ha fucking ha…. 🙂

        WORK PROGRAMME PROVIDERS - BURN IN HELL!!

        March 7, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    • Ms Mcvey seeing as you’re on the warpath with Private Providers let’s not forget this one: A4E.

      Data obtained exclusively by Channel 4 News shows that the welfare to work company A4e secured sustainable jobs for just 3.5 per cent of its job-seekers under the government’s flagship Work Programme. From 28 June 2012.

      http://www.channel4.com/news/exclusive-a4e-finds-jobs-for-3-5-per-cent-of-job-seekers

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      March 8, 2014 at 3:54 pm

  16. And now even more pressure comes to bear on IDS:

    Iain Duncan Smith has been caught up in a new row over his department’s dodgy use of official figures, the fourth in a year.

    The controversy erupted after top Department for Work and Pensions official Neil Couling tried to defend the government’s Work Programme during a grilling by members of Parliament’s work and pensions committee using unpublished data, which angered MPs as they did not have a chance to properly scrutinize the figures.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/03/06/iain-duncan-smith-dwp-numbers_n_4911277.html?utm_hp_ref=uk

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    March 7, 2014 at 12:53 pm

  17. Duncan Smith avoids protesters at Bath job centre by going around the back and ducking down in Range Rover.

    Coward.

    http://t.co/vLdqCe4K6M

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    March 7, 2014 at 1:13 pm

  18. Iain Duncan Smith snubs Bath protesters.

    Secretary of State Iain Duncan Smith has been heckled and jeered by protesters during a visit to Bath.

    The Work and Pensions Secretary was making a visit to the city’s Job Centre to meet with staff and discuss the introduction of the controversial Universal Credit, which was launched in Bath last month.

    Members of Unite, the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and people who rely on benefits congregated outside the Job Centre on Somerset Street to greet the MP.

    http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/Iain-Duncan-Smith-subs-Bath-protesters/story-20780725-detail/story.html

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    March 7, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    • Perhaps he thinks the waters at Bath should be better than Lourdes at curing people.

      Andrew Coates

      March 7, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      • Andrew

        I believe the ATOS office in Glasgow is already known as “Lourdes” because of the way seriously ill people go in and come out “cured” after being miraculously declared “fit for work”!

        There IS no work anyway!!!

        Tobanem

        March 7, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      • I went to Lourdes once (out of curiosity not for anything else).

        I’m still the same…..

        Andrew Coates

        March 8, 2014 at 11:46 am

      • I went to Bath and Bristol and was told the original spring sites are now way too polluted for humans to touch? If thrown in with their thumbs tied to their toes, will tories added to this water a) sink, b) float, c)burn, d) dissolve? Let’s find out

        something survived...

        March 7, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      • Obi Wan Kenobi

        March 13, 2014 at 3:02 pm

  19. Read this before watching IDS and the fake jobs disaster on the forthcoming Sunday Politics show:

    http://mikesivier.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/the-questions-that-sunday-politics-wont-ask-iain-duncan-smith/

    Tobanem

    March 7, 2014 at 4:29 pm

  20. And in other breaking news,
    Bears defecate in locations with large numbers of densely-spaced trees

    something survived...

    March 7, 2014 at 9:13 pm

  21. ‘ve been saving my JSA for ages to try and get enough ££s to apply to a licence to drive a cab………………………. just as I have scraped enough money together the FUCKING Jobcentre tell me that I have been SANCTIONED for 13 FUCKING WEEKS for not actively seeking work. Now the money I have scrimped and saved will have to go on food and leccy. What the FUCK are the Jobcentre playing at?? I am FUCKING FUMING!!!!!

    THE JOBCENTRE ARE FUCKING C!"£!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 7, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    • he jokecentre pull these sort of stunts all the time. jobseekers have even been sanctioned for going to job interviews! maybe they are trying to make jobseekers unemployable or something. sanctions are definitely making jobssekers unemployable. the sooner the jobcentres are shut down and those scumbag advisers and evil Nazi ‘decision makers’ tossed out on their arses the better.

      marie

      March 7, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      • They don’t count retraining or self employment as ‘actively seeking work’

        I started college 12 hours a week in Sept to retrain, was ok’d by JC. Got called in a few days before Xmas and told to stop as I was making myself unavailable. Since then I’ve had no responses from applications and been sanctioned.

        No jobs to be had, asked about help with setting up own business to be told “you don’t qualify for help if you’ve been on the WP”

        I am on ESA due to epilepsy which lost me my long term job 3 years ago and all my advisor seems to point me towards is jobs I can’t do due to lack of qualification or Health and safety reasons. I’m 35 and desperate to get earning regular money again.

        Some of the jobs I have been shown include:

        Dentist
        Roofer
        HGV driver
        GP (seriously)
        Armed forces (epilepsy is ruled out at application – however I did apply to keep the witch of an advisor happy)

        Chris

        March 8, 2014 at 9:18 am

  22. Labour announces challenger to Iain Duncan Smith at the next general election.

    Labour has announced its candidate to challenge Tory MP Iain Duncan Smith to represent Chingford and Woodford Green in Parliament at the next general election.

    Bilal Mahmood, the potential candidate, said: “I was born and raised in a single-bedroom flat in the constituency to two wonderful, hard working people. Both of them came to the UK to toil for stability and prosperity.

    “On my parents’ behalf, I am honoured and humbled to have been selected as the Labour Party candidate in the next general election.”

    Mr Duncan Smith was first elected to represent Chingford in 1992 but then was re-elected in 1997 as a MPt for Chingford and Woodford Green.

    http://www.ilfordrecorder.co.uk/news/news/labour_announces_challenger_to_iain_duncan_smith_at_the_next_general_election_1_3399773

    Well we’ll see but the phrase LEAD BRICK comes to mind.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    March 8, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    • And no you can’t have my sexy Rachel Reeves, she’s from my neck of the woods and were keeping her!

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      March 8, 2014 at 3:14 pm

  23. I now have documentary proof via Emails and typed letters from The Department of Work and Pensions London based Headquarters that we are dealing with out and out liars, I first drew this to their attention last August and was assured there was not a problem, I am also having to devote a large part of my time to dealing with fraud going on at providers(as they call them) offices in Berkshire and am now close to getting the evidence needed for Court action.
    All this from a Man who appears to have lost all Self Respect, if your reading this Mr Ian Duncan Smith for Christ sake so a little humility for once in your life and admit to making a mistake in opening this site up to the Criminal community of our country and while your about it do the decent thing and offer your resignation because I think a man who refuses to admit he has a problem with fraud by companies he invited to run the training aspect of his Department is not a fit and proper person to run that department.
    Its becoming a gruesome spectacle every time you open your ignorant mouth.
    David Anthony Penson. Bracknell

    David Anthony Penson

    March 8, 2014 at 5:47 pm

  24. I now have documentary proof via Emails and typed letters from The Department of Work and Pensions London based Headquarters that we are dealing with out and out liars, I first drew this to their attention last August and was assured there was not a problem, I am also having to devote a large part of my time to dealing with fraud going on at providers(as they call them) offices in Berkshire and am now close to getting the evidence needed for Court action.
    All this from a Man who appears to have lost all Self Respect, if your reading this Mr Ian Duncan Smith for Christ sake show a little humility for once in your life and admit to making a mistake in opening this site up to the Criminal community of our country and while your about it do the decent thing and offer your resignation because I think a man who refuses to admit he has a problem with fraud by companies he invited to run the training aspect of his Department is not a fit and proper person to run that department.
    Its becoming a gruesome spectacle every time you open your ignorant mouth.
    David Anthony Penson. Bracknell

    David Anthony Penson

    March 8, 2014 at 5:51 pm

  25. Get in there early for your Xmas work. Monkey Bike Rider/Driver.
    https://jobsearch.direct.gov.uk/GetJob.aspx?JobID=1850752

    Another Fine Mess

    March 9, 2014 at 2:46 am

  26. IDS was on the Sunday Politic’s programme answering questions regarding his welfare reforms, it was a happless performance by a man who looked like he was trying desperately trying to con the british public into believing what he was saying.

    Everytime the presenter put official statisic’s to him, he denied or didn’t agree with them – what a surprise!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    March 9, 2014 at 12:16 pm

  27. I hear that Ipswich has twice the rate of sanctions than Colchester. It’d be interesting to do this kind of comparison around the country.

    Andrew Coates

    March 9, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    • Ipswich poor is a poorer area than Colchester? I think it has been proven that the highest sanction rates are in the poorer areas – the leafy suburbs get left alone. The jobcentre already operates effectively a two-tier system where it is jobseekers from deprived areas who are picked on for sanctions and referrals to workfare schemes, mandatory work activity etc.

      The Jobcentre is CORRUPT!!

      March 9, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      • Jobcentremole on twitter also remarked that middle/upper class jobseekers “get a pass through the system and are left alone”.

        The Jobcentre is CORRUPT!!

        March 9, 2014 at 2:04 pm

  28. Labour extends jobs guarantee for long-term unemployed

    Labour is promising a “tough contract” for the long-term unemployed

    Labour says its “jobs guarantee” scheme for young unemployed people will last for the whole of next parliament, if it wins the 2015 general election.

    Under the scheme 18 to 24-year-olds who have been out of work for a year will be offered a taxpayer-subsidised job lasting six months – with those who refuse losing benefits.

    Labour says it would pay for this by taxing bank bonuses and changing tax rules for the pensions of high earners.

    The Tories say the sums “don’t add up”.

    The Compulsory Jobs Guarantee will be in Labour’s general election manifesto next year and will be funded for the whole of the next parliament, expected to last from 2015 to 2020, shadow chancellor Ed Balls will announce later.

    The BBC News Channel’s chief political correspondent Norman Smith said Labour sources were stressing that the £5bn initiative was the party’s first firm manifesto pledge.

    But the Conservatives, he added, were insisting that Labour had already committed to spending the proceeds of a bank bonus tax on other policies, such as building 25,000 new affordable homes and reversing coalition tax changes.

    Under the scheme, those aged 18-25 who have been out of work for 12 months or more would be offered 25 hours’ work a week on the minimum wage and the employer would have to guarantee compulsory training.

    On a visit to a building project in south London, Mr Balls will say a life on welfare will “no longer be an option”

    ‘Starter jobs’

    “It’s shocking that the number of young people stuck on the dole for more than a year has doubled under David Cameron,” he will say. “For tens of thousands of young people who cannot find work this is no recovery at all.

    “We’ve got to put this right. So if Labour wins the next election we will get young people and the long-term unemployed off benefits and into work.

    “The government will work with employers to help fund paid work with training for six months. It will mean paid starter jobs for over 50,000 young people who have been left on the dole for over a year by this government.

    “But it will be a tough contract – those who can work will be required to take up the jobs on offer or lose their benefits. A life on benefits will simply not be an option.”

    Labour says the Compulsory Jobs Guarantee will also apply to adults aged 25 or over claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance for two years or more.
    Tax on bonuses

    Last month, the BBC learned that Labour had committed to fund the scheme for only a single year after the 2015 election. But this has been extended to the whole 2015-2020 period.

    The party is promising to fund the scheme by repeating its 2009-10 tax on bank bonuses at the start of the next parliament, which it says would raise between £1.5bn and £2bn.

    It also plans to raise another £900m each year over the course of the Parliament by restricting pensions tax relief for people earning more than £150,000 to the same rate as basic-rate taxpayers.

    But Financial Secretary to the Treasury Sajid Javid said: “Labour’s sums don’t add up. They are proposing yet more unfunded spending, meaning more borrowing and more taxes to pay for it.

    “And Labour’s bank tax is a short-term political gimmick that they want to spend 10 times over.

    “It’s the same old Labour. Ed Miliband has no economic plan. Labour would put the recovery at risk, put jobs at risk and hardworking people would pay the price with a less secure future.”

    In a report on Monday, the British Chambers of Commerce said youth unemployment was “unacceptably high” and called for action in next week’s Budget.

    David Kern, the organisation’s chief economist, told the BBC that youth unemployment was a “very serious” issue which had “economic and social consequences we want to avoid”.

    But he said jobless numbers among under-24s were falling as economic growth increased and the “trend was going in the right direction”.

    Labour extends jobs guarantee for long-term unemployed

    Labour extends jobs guarantee for long-term unemployed

    BBC

    March 10, 2014 at 10:25 am

    • The idea of Labours job guarantte sounds ok in principal, but what’s bothering me is that it’s for only 25 hours a week – why?

      Why not make it full time 37.5 or 40 hours per week? What’s the big thing with this 25 hour rule?

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      March 10, 2014 at 12:14 pm

  29. House of Lords Business Tuesday 11 March 2014 at 2.30pm

    Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all vacancies advertised on Universal Jobmatch are genuine.

    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld/ldordpap.htm
    http://t.co/L468G7FZUf

    Another Fine Mess

    March 11, 2014 at 2:35 pm


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