Ipswich Unemployed Action.

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Hopeless Help to Work.

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Anybody hear anything about this being put into practice?

What the Help to Work scheme will include

Attending the Jobcentre every day

The daily meeting with their adviser would include discussing the progress made in looking for work, such as the number of job searches or applications made, or new activity to improve their skills base. It is designed for claimants who would benefit from regular support with looking for jobs, including those who need to build motivation, momentum and engagement. Currently, a claimant only needs to attend once every 2 weeks.

Community work placements

Claimants who lack work experience – and where this is felt to be holding them back from finding a job – may be asked to undertake a placement, which will also benefit their local community. This would include a range of roles in the voluntary and community sector that will give the claimant skills and experience within the work place. This could include gardening projects, running community cafes or even restoring historical sites and war memorials.

The placements will be for up to 6 months for 30 hours a week and will be backed up by at least 4 hours of supported job searching each week to help turn the experience into full time employment.

Mandatory work placements: a guide for potential host organisations

Intensive Jobcentre support

For jobseekers with multiple or complex barriers to work the Jobcentre Plus advisers will spend more time with the claimant looking at how to tailor back-to-work support, with more flexibility to send people on intensive training schemes, ad hoc funding to overcome issues blocking a return to work such as initial travel costs or suitable clothes for a job interview, and referrals to work experience opportunities with local organisations.

Is the silence related to this? (Boycott workfare)

Tomorrow, 12 June, the Information Commissioner will challenge the DWP to reveal a list of organisations which have used Mandatory Work Activity (MWA) placements for jobseekers at an Upper Tribunal hearing [1]. The DWP will argue that due to widespread public opposition, the controversial workfare scheme could collapse if the names are revealed [2]. If it loses the appeal, the decision could become a landmark ruling on the obligation of the DWP to reveal details of the private companies delivering government contracts [3].


That is if people knew who the exploiters of forced labour were….


Written by Andrew Coates

June 11, 2014 at 3:47 pm

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  1. i got 4 weeks of mwa used as a last resort to try and sanction me of jsa and i done all of the above already.

    jcp refused to pay for my bus fair and instead payee me in fuel usage which was half the price of a bus ticket there and back and was paid in to my bank account 3 days later so was out of pocket complained about it and was back to every 2 weeks.

    as for the ijs they dont have the staff or the room for it let alone all the pcs for it and no public toilets that they will let you use so have to piss and shit outside i guess.

    i just say bring it on and see the look in there face when it dont work and turn up every day

    super ted

    June 11, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    • If you’re doing an MWA, the Jobcentre should pony up your travel money before you start. They should issue you with a travel warrant. You really should speak to a floor manager at your Jobcentre. Never mind about your so-called adviser.


      June 12, 2014 at 7:30 am

  2. Woman driver who ran over and KILLED a pedestrian gets less than HALF the sentence victims of the Community Work Programme will receive

    A driver who killed a woman after reversing over her at a garden centre in East Ayrshire has been ordered to carry out 300 hours of UNPAID WORK.


    June 11, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    • This story also begs another question. Given that MS involves involuntary muscle spasms, what the hell was she doing driving a car in the first place?


      June 12, 2014 at 7:24 am

  3. “It is designed for claimants who would benefit from regular support with looking for jobs”

    This sounds like given the runaround,given little help.these things tend to end up in endless appointments’ and bad treatment in the hope the person will just vanish.

    “Intensive Jobcentre support
    For jobseekers with multiple or complex barriers to work the Jobcentre Plus advisers”

    there isn’t any.those on “post work programme support” are denied access to jobcentre disability advisor’s,instead being put though to standard “coaches”.the coach isn’t interested in the persons disability or condition,this is reflected in the jobseekers agreement with high numbers of conditions set. again its planned that the person just wont be around long enough for all this unlawfulness to be exposed.hoping for a quick drive out the door.


    June 11, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    • These schemes are not about helping the unemployed back to work. They’re about driving them off the unemployment register. Full stop.


      June 12, 2014 at 7:26 am

  4. Iain Duncan Smith on tonights Question Time – Hope he really loses it and walks off, I wonder how many people will be there to Twat him!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    June 12, 2014 at 6:52 pm

  5. Yet another pathetic Question Time, in the last 2 months there has been 2 employment ministers on the programme (Esther Mcvey and IDS) and not one question asking them to explain their disgusting regime against benefit claimants.

    Where the hell were the hard hitting questions regarding the complete and utter fuck up’s:

    The Work Programme.
    Help To Work Programme.
    Mandatory Work Activity.
    Work Capability Assesments.
    Jobcentre Sanctioning Regime.
    Universal Jobmatch.
    Universal Credit and ‘The Reset’.
    Claimant Commitment.
    The £25 Billion of Taxpayers money wasted (so far) by IDS and the DWP.

    Q.T. if you’re only going to allow pre-approved questions to be asked, then what’s the point of your programme?

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    June 13, 2014 at 8:51 am

    • Yes, it appears the questions are all “fixed” by Question Time’s Producers beforehand:


      And remember the 700,000 backlog in ESA payments! Not much mention of that in the mainstream media – despite the recent reports on the passport debacle!!


      June 13, 2014 at 9:17 am

    • We Don’t Want To Lose The Licence Fee

      Jeremy Paxman

      June 13, 2014 at 9:51 am

  6. “Lies,Damn Lies, IDS and The DWP; STOP Spinning Statistics” #ImpeachDWP #NOWPetition.


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    June 13, 2014 at 9:12 am

  7. Get a proper job you idle bugger!


    June 13, 2014 at 10:42 am

    • I mean Jeremy, not you Obi.


      June 13, 2014 at 10:43 am

  8. I didn’t watch it. Were there any questions about what IDM laughably is in charge of?

    Andrew Coates

    June 13, 2014 at 11:00 am

    • Nary a peep, my friend, nary a peep.


      June 13, 2014 at 2:03 pm

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