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FACEBOOK PAGE.

(No: This is Not Made Up).

Department for Work and Pensions – DWP

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Government Organisation.
This is the official Facebook page for the DWP – giving news, updates and information. We’re unable to respond to individual benefit enquiries via Facebook.
Need help improving your cv? Here’s some tips:
Leigh had been unemployed for over six months. She finally got the break she was looking for with Meg’s Sweets, an ‘old fashioned’ sweet shop in Hull. “The Youth Contract has been a great help,” says co-owner Dean Mortimer. “It’s meant we can take on the extra staff we need and keep the business going.” Find out more http://ow.ly/vnE2Y
Photo: Leigh had been unemployed for over six months. She finally got the break she was looking for with Meg’s Sweets, an 'old fashioned' sweet shop in Hull. "The Youth Contract has been a great help,” says co-owner Dean Mortimer. “It’s meant we can take on the extra staff we need and keep the business going." Find out more http://ow.ly/vnE2Y
Love skateboarding? Dean set up his own business with help from New Enterprise Allowance. “The help and assistance I’ve had from my advisers has been invaluable,” says Dean. “I intend for R3v3r3nt Skateboards to be a global skate brand that stands for quality, value and expression.” Read more http://ow.ly/vq5al
Photo: Love skateboarding? Dean set up his own business with help from New Enterprise Allowance. “The help and assistance I’ve had from my advisers has been invaluable,” says Dean. “I intend for R3v3r3nt Skateboards to be a global skate brand that stands for quality, value and expression.” Read more http://ow.ly/vq5al
Some top tips to succeed in the job market from the Daily Express#job2014 http://ow.ly/uHsUM
Almost a million workers were on sick leave for a month or more each year on average between October 2010 and September 2013. The New Health and Work Service is to be launched to combat the problem – it’s expected to save employers £70 million a year and cut the time people spend off work by 20% to 40%:http://ow.ly/tsxBY
Photo: Almost a million workers were on sick leave for a month or more each year on average between October 2010 and September 2013. The New Health and Work Service is to be launched to combat the problem - it’s expected to save employers £70 million a year and cut the time people spend off work by 20% to 40%: http://ow.ly/tsxBY
So, how are you finding the information we are posting? Is it useful? Is there anything else you’d like to see? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
Photo: So, how are you finding the information we are posting? Is it useful? Is there anything else you'd like to see? We'd love to hear your thoughts.
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Written by Andrew Coates

April 24, 2014 at 11:55 am

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  1. Our JC (Maybe a nationwide thing) also has its own Twitter feed filled with the same ads as UJM. And the ‘Need help with… IT/Maths/English? etc’ offers of worthless training.

    Chris

    April 24, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    • Was Recently Told By The Jobcentre, They Could Find No Facebook Account For Me.
      They Had Previously Sent Me A Text About Their Facebook Account. I Told Them There Is A Perfectly Sound Reason Why I Have Closed My Facebook Account. And I Do Not Want Another. They Were At A Loss As Too Why I Do Not Have Such An Account As In Their Words..”Employers Use It”. When They Found Out Why I Don’t Have An Account With Facebook {THROUGH PERSONAL CHOICE !!!!!!} They Backed Off. I Think This Must Be A National Thing. I Keep Getting Texts About A Twitter Account Too.

      [][]

      April 24, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      • Now that’s a first, being asked if you have a facebook account but then again as the most spied on website in the world by governments and businesses alike I cant say im surprized.

        As for unwanted texts, if you hadn’t at any point agreed to receiving offers from third parties by second parties or offers from second parties, then report them as a nuisance caller and have the number blocked.

        gaia

        April 24, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      • WTF! Are the jobcentre now going to start issuing directions to open Facebook and Twitter accounts? :”I note that you haven’t updated your Facebook status or tweeted lately. You are being sent to a ‘decision maker’. Are they going to start demanding DWP access as well?

        Mark Fuckerberk

        April 24, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      • In a world where sharing is now theft, where a low yield explosive can be called a WMD, is it really out of place to imagine getting sanctioned for not being on facebook ?

        gaia

        April 24, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      • THis is worth following up.

        Do many people really get these demands?

        What the hell is happening to people who still will not use the Internet?

        Andrew Coates

        April 26, 2014 at 11:00 am

    • Was recommended to look at their twitter feed by advisor, not much use. Showed the advisor I had followed the JCP twitter feed on my mobile. Have since removed it.

      JCP are just grabbing at straws. Advised to register on the apprenticeships website too (aged 36!)

      Chris

      April 24, 2014 at 5:23 pm

  2. Is it me or do DWP really suck at advertising and imagery period stroke period ?

    gaia

    April 24, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    • And strange grammar.
      Looking at Dean the skateboarder’s FB page, none of the posts are dated this year, perhaps he’s gone out of business already!

      Another Fine mess

      April 24, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      • People with money to invest are struggling to stay in business at the moment so I’d imagine it’s near impossible to start up and stay in business with a government new enterprise allowance and few quid a week JSA.

        Chris

        April 24, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    • I had another look at that skateboard entrepreneur.
      As he’s about 29, has been to No 10 to meet entrepreneurs, made videos for dwp, has Leroy Roots as a mentor, it’s easy to find lots of info.
      http://www.leviroots.com/news/new-enterprise-allowance

      But as for screen printing a strange vehicle reg. number on skateboards, and hudies and calling it a global skate brand that stands for quality, value and expression there’s nothing there in the way of entrepreneur or business.
      Is this the best example the dwp can find.

      Another Fine mess

      April 25, 2014 at 1:12 am

  3. For those of you not already in the know, Advisers have now been re-branded as “Work Coaches” and Job search review/Assistant Advisers are now to be called “Assistant Work Coaches”.

    Bizarrely, my Work Coach is called Pauline, which is the same name as the swivel-eyed loon who ran the Job Club in the very excellent “The League of Gentlemen”.

    http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/department_for_work_and_pensions_group/dwp-news.cfm/help-to-work-and-sr13-conditionality

    Pepe The Troll Hunter

    April 25, 2014 at 7:42 am

    • Sounds Like It Could Also Refer To S+++Y S+++H Who Used To Work For D++++++A H+++E In Suffolk

      Hush

      April 25, 2014 at 10:11 am

    • I found the Facebook Page while trying to get hard dates and facts about the Help to Work scheme and Workfare.

      But Work Coaches – you couldn’t make that one up!

      Andrew Coates

      April 25, 2014 at 10:46 am

      • ”WORK COACHES”
        I Get Travel Sick

        Vera Vomit

        April 25, 2014 at 10:50 am

      • I’ve had a work coach for some time. They’re just the same as an adviser. The only difference is that the work coach has to pay your £70 out of their own wages, well that’s what you’d think by the way they speak.
        “We pay your benefit”, even though both of us know that what they’re often suggesting is totally pointless.

        Another Fine mess

        April 25, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    • Heres something for you next time an advisor utters that crap another fine mess

      Your current benefit is £71.80 and the listed amount of employed in the UK is 30.39 million people. So by dividing the benefit by the amount paying taxes would imply that this lonely work coach had only contributed exactly 0.000002362 OF A PENCE to your actual benefit.

      Even if half the employed only paid tax it would still be 0.000004725 OF A PENCE.

      This how I use to deal with that “you must understand as a tax payer” speech.

      Secondly if you get the “tax payers expect certain things” crap, ask them to show you the list of all these so called concerned tax payers.

      Lastly and I love reminding DWP staff of this, we are all working or not default tax payers, your benefits, all benefits count towards your individual tax year.

      gaia

      April 27, 2014 at 8:03 am

      • Back in the day when I paid quite a bit in tax, it didn’t bother me one little bit that some of that tax was going to unemployed people, including an unemployed mate.
        I certainly didn’t want any of them competing with my job and pay.

        Another Fine mess

        April 27, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      • Very true another fine mess, and it would have still been the case if the Tories hadn’t cooked up an true frenzy and even with that though the working public aren’t that interested besides viewing others struggling more than they do.

        gaia

        April 28, 2014 at 6:50 am

  4. I Do Really I Do

    Vera Vomit

    April 25, 2014 at 10:51 am

    • Well Vera – you know where to direct it… 🙂

      Paula Puke 🙂

      Slug

      April 25, 2014 at 12:58 pm

  5. This really does take the Biscuit ! these people are not fit to run a Tombola stall let alone give advice to 2.5 Million unemployed youngsters between the ages of 18 -25.
    I emailed this Drivel to a friend of mine living in Germany and he refused to believe it until he checked it out for himself, he told me that if this had been suggested as policy for getting German Youth back too Work whoever came up with the Idea would have been sacked on the spot.
    This speaks volumes about the patronising Contempt in which the likes of Duncan Smith and other feeble minded nonentities running the Department of Work and Pensions hold our youth, I am ashamed to be living in a Country with such idiots in charge of such an important aspect of public policy.
    Slightly off topic Andrew but of interest to others,I am shortly to be taking evidence of
    fraud by a couple of providers in the South East of England to the relevant authorities and would ask if anybody has evidence of senior Job Centre Staff Colluding with providers to cover up fraud, would they please contact me on 07949 353631 or by Emailing me on davidpenson2@hotmail.com , I have taken Legal Advice and as I correctly assumed this is conspiracy to defraud.
    Thank you for your diligent work Andrew.

    David Anthony Penson

    April 25, 2014 at 5:04 pm

  6. There has too be something in the EUROPEAN CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS that can stop the way we are treated. Any lawyers out there can help ?

    Vera Vomit

    April 26, 2014 at 7:59 am

    • Theirs is and its article 8 which in turn formulates your rights under DPA vera vomit.

      May I suggest not trying the human rights act bit, stick to DPA and your be just fine.

      gaia

      April 27, 2014 at 8:13 am

  7. The good news: Jobcentre Plus have sacked all their ‘advisers’ 🙂 Hip hip hooray! 🙂 The bad news: They have replaced them all with ‘work coaches’ 😦

    Boom Boom!

    April 26, 2014 at 9:00 am

  8. WARNING about giving your Telephone Numbers to the DWP To all those claiming JSA or other DWP Benefits. Be warned about  giving your Mobile  Number to DWP/JCP. It appears the DWP is aqquring your Mobile Telephone  Numbers IME number and not telling Claimants about it! This would appear to violate Human Rights Law. You are not required by any Statutory Law to give your Telephone to the DWP/JCP, in order to claim Benefits. Check your Human Rights

    mike azur

    April 26, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    • IMEI (the handset’s ID) you mean? That’s interesting because that’s how mobile ‘phones are tracked (not by SIM). It means that ALL the activity of the handset would be track-able and traceable.

      Telecom Security Expert

      April 26, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    • That’s no problem, I just swap my mobile phone each week, and I haven’t been sanctioned yet so it must work.

      Another Telecom Security Expert

      April 26, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    • I cant say I would be surprized but what is the direct proof to this claim please Mike Azur. how did you find this out ?

      gaia

      April 27, 2014 at 6:34 am

  9. IMEI = International Mobile Station Equipment Identity (a mobile ‘phones unique ID number)

    Telecom Security Expert

    April 26, 2014 at 5:33 pm

  10. prob why they are putting wifi access points in the jcp so u can use ur phone to job search on thus the lack of iad in the jcp to use.

    super ted

    April 26, 2014 at 6:02 pm

  11. Iain Duncan Smith (Secretary of State for Work & Pensions) should be MANDATED to ATTEND EVERY Tribunal Hearing in PERSON! That would soon put and end to this shit!

    Revolver

    April 26, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    • And if the Minster fails to turn up the Appeal is automatically allowed!

      Revolver

      April 26, 2014 at 8:07 pm

  12. Iain Duncan Smith should be FORCED to EAT his own SHITE! Then he will know what his welfare policies taste like!

    Colt 45

    April 27, 2014 at 7:06 am

  13. Government’s Help to Work scheme launches

    A new government scheme to help the long-term unemployed get jobs comes into effect on Monday.

    Those who have not found work after two years on the existing Work Programme, will have to enrol on the Help to Work scheme or face reduced benefits.

    Participants will have to go to the Job Centre every day, some will be offered community work placements and others will receive intensive coaching.

    Those who fail to take part could lose jobless benefits for four weeks.

    ‘Huge waste’

    Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said: “Everyone with the ability to work should be given the support and opportunity to do so.

    “The previous system wrote too many people off, which was a huge waste of potential for those individuals as well as for their families and the country as a whole.”

    The programme was first outlined by Chancellor George Osborne at last year’s Conservative Party conference.

    Labour says that the government has mis-diagnosed the problem.

    Stephen Timms, Shadow Minister for Employment, said: “Under David Cameron’s government nearly one in ten people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance lack basic literacy skills and many more are unable to do simple maths or send an email.

    “A Labour government will introduce a basic skills test to assess all new claimants for Job Seeker’s Allowance within six weeks of claiming benefits.”

    Benefits changes

    Also on Monday, those wanting to claim Jobseeker’s Allowance will have to prove they are ready for work, before they can apply.

    The government has said the changes will help to put an end to the “one-way street in benefits”.

    But the TUC says the rules could discourage more people from claiming it.

    “Making the JSA rules tougher and tougher will put people off claiming the benefits they need without doing much to help them get jobs,” said Frances O’Grady, the TUC’s General Secretary.

    But the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said there was no evidence that people would be put off claiming.

    Government’s Help to Work scheme launches

    BBC

    April 27, 2014 at 11:34 pm

  14. Hey, anyone see Ester Mac on BBC news and did you love how she completely ignores the questions and repeats the IDS mantra of figuratively cupping her ears while chanting la, la, la, im not listening.

    I even liked how she suggested an image of welcoming arms advisors asking what can I do to help you today Mr X when its clearly written that its the advisor who decides what they think you need and yet again look how supporting claimants in worth while studies to re-skill like engineering for instance isn’t an option.

    Old Ester like IDS needs to take a leaf out of their own book and seek help to improve their functional math as how 3/4s of those on the work programme not finding work is trumped by a pitiful 1/4 is anyone’s guess and PWPS did even worse, infact it was cited at best at improving moral and motivation but none the less produced next to nothing in getting people into actual sustainable work. Then theirs MWA another failed scheme.

    Well , no matter the lie or denial, its not going anywhere, so buckle up for a year of constant harassment with no guarantees.

    gaia

    April 28, 2014 at 8:52 am

  15. Wonder if Dean has conquered the world with his global skateboard brand yet.

    Another Fine Mess

    June 5, 2014 at 12:30 am


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