Ipswich Unemployed Action.

Campaigning for Unemployed Rights.

Unemployment and Welfare Blogs, Updates.

with 61 comments

This is to bring Blogs to people’s attention.

Long-standing sites, like the Void, can be seen on the boxes on the side-bar already.

We welcome any additions!

Here are some Blogs worth reading.

Britain Isn’t Eating. Excellent blog, name says it.

Diary of a Benefit Scrounger “Confirmed – The FULL Impact of Cuts Disabled People Face.”

Disabled People Against Cuts. This is an important campaign group, leading the fight against ATOS and their ilk.

glynismillward189 ” David Cameron and George Osborne cash in on secret tax deal for Downing Street homes

Job Seeker Sanction Advice Home Page

Hello and welcome to the website of the J.S.S.A.

Now we wouldn’t blame you for wondering, who are Job Seeker Sanction Advice? So let us give you some background information.

The organisation is run by Denise Symonds, Andrea Nicholson and Jean Calvert.

One thing we’re most certainly not, as is made clear throughout this site, is to have any connection whatsoever with any government agency, neither are we solicitors, so, with who we are NOT out of the way, let’s focus on who we ARE.

We’re a small network of 3 disgruntled ex, Department of Work and Pensions civil servants who left the service for a variety of reasons, not least of which was our dissatisfaction with the pressures being placed on staff to achieve what many of us saw as targets, which were designed in our eyes, to punish people financially for the smallest error or indiscretion.

Keep Volunteering Voluntary.

The keep volunteering voluntary agreement

As charities and voluntary organisations we know the value of volunteering. Volunteering means people independently choosing to give their time freely to help others and make the world a better place. Workfare schemes force unemployed people to carry out unpaid work or face benefit sanctions that can cause hardship and destitution.   We believe in keeping volunteering voluntary and will not participate in government workfare schemes.

Sign up to our agreement to keep volunteering voluntary here.

Respect for the Unemployed and Claimants.

UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

UNEMPLOYED IN TYNE & WEAR

“Jobseeker Sanction Advice”:

Vox Political

Case Of David Clapson Sparks Calls For National Inquiry

Some have asked if this would have happened if David Clapson had not been a former soldier.

I, however, see this as a very small piece of progress. I’m always grateful for progress, whatever the reasons for it.

The case of a diabetic former soldier from Stevenage, who died after his benefits were sanctioned, has led to calls for a national review.

Last week, the Advertiser told the story of David Clapson, who could not afford electricity to keep his insulin cool after his jobseeker’s allowance of approximately £70 a week was suspended on June 28 last year.

Just three weeks later – on July 20 – he died aged 59 at his home in Hillside from fatal diabetic keto-acidosis, which the NHS calls “a dangerous complication of diabetes caused by a lack of insulin.”

Where’s the Benefit. Confirmed – The FULL Impact of Cuts Disabled People Fac

Advertisements

Written by Andrew Coates

August 1, 2014 at 9:40 am

61 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. Good quote from this new site (Job Seeker Sanction Advice):

    “Turning sanctions into a game with chocolate [Easter eggs] for prizes, or threatening [Jobcentre] staff with disciplinary action if they don’t meet targets, is as if they were selling double glazing rather than destroying lives; it is astonishingly cruel and has nothing to do with helping people find work”.

    No wonder some Jobcentre personnel are disgruntled!

    Tobanem

    August 1, 2014 at 10:02 am

      • For “Ed”

        Clarify what?

        The first link you posted is a repeat of the home page of “Job Seeker Sanction Advice”.

        The second link you posted leads to an “access denied” message.

        Tobanem

        August 1, 2014 at 10:42 am

    • Read through the whole thread on the first link. You have to be logged in to read any of the hidden posts. Hope it helps make your mind up about JSSA.

      Ed

      August 1, 2014 at 10:50 am

      • For “Ed”

        There is a lot of suspicion around these days – not surprisingly when people are being tricked and lied to at every turn in Jobcentres!

        That suspicion is certainly reflected in the comments of some contributors on the UM website you mention.

        I believe the new Job Seeker Sanction Advice website is genuine, but people can rightly be suspicious of personal information going astray when passed on the internet.

        Tobanem

        August 1, 2014 at 11:16 am

    • Bollocks to jobcentre staff and their “we were pressed to hit sanctions targets” bullshit… they will be whimpering that shite with their eyes filling with tears on the gallows as we are about to spring the trapdoor. Fuck jobcentre staff – you will pay for your crimes you c!”£$%! No ifs – not buts! Burn in HELL!!

      Fuck Jobcentre Staff

      August 3, 2014 at 12:21 am

  2. Some time ago on here, the subject of sanctions targets was raised. Do you remember the “league tables”? Here is a video of the whistleblower – and IDS denying it all when questioned by an MP! The matter was aired on TV:

    Yes, this new site called “Jobseeker Sanction Advice” looks promising:

    http://jobseekersanctionadvice.com/

    Tobanem

    August 1, 2014 at 10:22 am

    • It certainly does, I am impressed as well.

      Andrew Coates

      August 1, 2014 at 10:28 am

  3. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

    A6er

    August 1, 2014 at 10:44 am

  4. JCP manager caught trying to blackmail a claimant.

    So you know their is 4 must watch parts to this video including in the 4th the police so please go to youtube itself if the links incorporated in the video at the end don’t appear.

    If your a avid youtuber I suggest subscribing to here youtube account as yet we have to hear how it all ended like did the police arrest the manager for blackmail and in my opinion abuse of power and position which is also a criminal offence and how her case with DWP went as this manager did imply DWP solicitors were involved.

    (I wish to attribute this finding and post to Tobanem whos first posted video supplied the link after that made it possible for me and others to find).

    gaia

    August 1, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    • ALSO as im unaware of how this case is developing STRONGLY URGE all PC owners to download and store this video so it may be reposted should DWP find a deceitful way to have it taken down.

      ALSO if you own your own mobile phone capable of either showing the video or going onto the internet to youtube to play the video OR A LAPTOP, NETBOOK, IPAD, ETC to play this video for other claimants while waiting to sign on. DO NOT use headphones while doing this as I want it to be known throughout all DWP offices that this has occurred. DO NOT HOWEVER PLAY IT SO IT CAN BE HEARD AT THE OTHER END OF THE BUILDING SO USE COMMON SENSE PLEASE.

      (LEGAL NOTICE OF PROTECTION)

      Mobile phones are only what DWP can say must be switched off SO NO RECORDING OR PHONE CALL WILL DISTURB CLAIMANTS OR ADVISORS AND SO AS TO FIT INLINE WITH THE DATA PROTECTION ACT.

      THEY CANNOT AS NO SUCH RULE EXISTS CURRENTLY PROHIBIT YOU FROM USING OR WATCHING A VIDEO PLAYER. PLEASE REMEMBER TO MUTE YOUR RING TONE PRIOR TO PLAYING THE VIDEO. AS FOR THE RECORDING DEVICE THE SUBJECT IS IRRELEVENT AS IT IS POINTLESS TO RECORD SOMEONE WHILE PLAYING A VIDEO AS THE VIDEO SOUND WILL DROWN OUT ANY SOUND AROUND YOU SUFFICIENTLY MASKING ANY PERSONAL DATA DWP WILL ATTEMPT TO SUGGEST THE DEVICE COULD TRAP.

      IF THEY INSIST ITS ABOUT NOISE LEVEL OR MENTION A PHRASE OF ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR PLEASE INFORM THEM THEY MUST FIRST CARRYOUT A DECIBEL TEST AS A RECORD OF CONFIRMED EVIDENCE BEFORE THEY CAN STATE SUCH. IF THEY DISPUTE THIS TELL THEM THE COUNCIL HANDLES THIS AND WOULD NO DOUBT AS A PUBLIC SERVICE EXPLAIN THE PROCEDURE. FINALLY REMIND THEM THAT THEIR INITIAL FIRST COMMENTS AT THIS JUNCTURE ARE PURE SPECULATION AND THAT UNTIL PROVED OTHERWISE IS A LIBELOUS STATEMENT BUT IF THEY DO PROVE TO THE CONTARY THAT YOU WOULD BE HAPPY TO COMPLY IN FUTURE.

      NOW DWP ARE NO STRANGERS TO LYING SO WILL NO DOUBT ASK YOU TO LEAVE THE PREMISES AND ATTEMPT TO STATE TO THE ATTENDING POLICE OFFICERS SHOULD YOU REFUSE THAT THIS IS WHY THEY CALLED THEM. NOW BEFORE DOING ANYTHING WHEN THIS IS FIRST BROUGHT UP, CALMLY ASK ON WHAT GROUNDS. IF THEY REFER TO THE VIDEO PLAYERS NOISE OR MOBILE PHONE PLEASE REMEBER WHAT I HAVE ALREADY SAID.

      If the POLICE are called PLEASE REMEBER until PROVED DIFFERENT IN THE PROPER MANNER PRESCRIBED ABOVE THAT THE MATTER IS A CIVIL MATTER AND BEYOND THE REMIT OF THE POLICE.

      (IF ANYONE REQUIRES ME TO EXPAND ON THIS PLEASE FEEL FREE TO LEAVE A POST AND I WILL GET BACK TO THEM BY MONDAY COMING AT THE LATEST).

      gaia

      August 1, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      • This is a prime example of WHY every claimant should record their dealings with DWP or their various providers.

        (IMPORTANT NOTICE)

        Under the data protection act part 4 (exemptions) an individual known under law as the data subject (the person/s your recording) forfeits any legal rights to privacy and protection under the data protection act when its for the purposes of I quote ” the prevention or detection of crime and the apprehension or prosecution of offenders “.

        This is the direct and actual wording from the data protection act so can be found either in the act itself or on the link to ICO I will now supply.

        http://ico.org.uk/for_organisations/data_protection/the_guide/exemptions#notification

        DO REMEMBER that after you stop recording that IF NO CRIME has been detected that you must delete the video or you are breaking the law. You must also IF NO CRIME has been detected, MUST NOT SHARE THE VIDEO WITH OTHERS OR UP LOAD IT as it is an offence to do so also.

        Their are other things to abide by like signage and restricted access to BUT these can be superseded and a judge will often entertain the video as evidence as for instance HOW DOES THE MENTALLY ABUSED (LIKE VERBAL ABUSE)WIFE PROVE HER SPOUSE IS GUILTY AS SUCH).

        (PLEASE BE AWARE I AM NOT FORCING OR INSTRUCTING YOU TO COMPLY WITH ANY OF THE POSTS I HAVE JUST POSTED,ONLY DO THIS IF YOU WISH TO OF YOUR OWN FREE WILL. ALSO FEEL FREE TO GET LEGAL ADVICE FROM A PRACTICING SOLICITOR IF YOU SO WISH PRIOR TO ANY SUCH RECORDING OR PLAYING OF VIDEO ALREADY DISPLAYED ON YOU TUBE).

        (If you DONT feel competent in representing yourself in a calm and legal manner for any reason what so ever then please don’t practice anything I have just mentioned in any of my latest posts as I have no wish to harm my fellow claimants in any manner).

        gaia

        August 1, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      • I finally just wish to clarify something.

        Where I said DONT use HEADPHONES im not saying you cant.

        Where I said “I want it to be known throughout all DWP offices” im not implying volume of sound (playing it loud), im implying as it is witnessed by DWP staff and security while calling out other claimants and in passing it will no doubt become a rumour amongst the offices staff.

        This will I believe effectively stifle and damage this sanction target practice developed by I believe those at the top at HQ DWP Caxton Hse, London and bring about an end to DWP staff being put under review for failing to meet their respective sanction quota that PCS members have expressed in the past through various means todate.

        Evidence like the video above and others to come maybe in the not to distant future coupled with DWPs latest recognition of wholly unclear sanctioning rules will sort this out for once and all.

        Please be aware that whether or not you have committed a criminal act and thus broken the law is a matter for a criminal judge to decide meaning DWP nor the POLICE can state with any legal certainty that you indeed have so as the law stands you are innocent until proved guilty in a court of law. This being the case means it would be unlawful to sanction you prior to if at all a sanction can be applied.

        gaia

        August 1, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      • How could you upload a video that you’ve deleted.
        On some devices, you have to be very careful that the headphones around your neck haven’t been accidently plugged into the mic socket instead of the headphone socket.

        Another Fine Mess

        August 1, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    • Oh I know , him I have several recordings of him even denying you have the right to record.

      growls

      August 2, 2014 at 7:20 pm

  5. I’m afraid that for me, I’ve filed J.S.S.A under ‘highly suspicious’ at least for now, just toooo many questions.
    The cookie expurts can have a look at their privacy page.

    Another Fine Mess

    August 1, 2014 at 4:07 pm

  6. FAO Gaia

    You posted part 1 of a video called “Jobcentre Manager Denies Me My Legal Rights” – in which a claimant was not allowed to sign on.

    Here is part 2:

    Tobanem

    August 2, 2014 at 8:58 am

    • And here is part 3:

      Interesting subject, this “blackmail” surrounding a person not being allowed to sign on.

      Tobanem

      August 2, 2014 at 9:01 am

      • And here is part 4!!:

        Tobanem

        August 2, 2014 at 9:03 am

  7. And still these cases go on every day unchallenged – and on and on and on…

    Amazing.

    Tobanem

    August 2, 2014 at 12:25 pm

  8. But where is part 5?

    Tobanem

    August 2, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    • As yet their doesn’t seem to be one which I hope is just the lull to a final conclusion which knowing how the police and DWP act wont be any time soon so probably 6 months to a year.

      May I take the time to thank you greatly tobanem as without you I would have never noticed these video, your a star that’s for sure even if you didn’t realise them at the time. much respect.

      I cant begin to say how much I enjoyed these videos as clearly this manager overstepped his bounds on so many fronts. This is the type of evidence needed to call out yet more lies and dodgy practices that cant be allowed to continue and go unpunished.

      gaia

      August 2, 2014 at 2:03 pm

  9. Now has anyone received a call from this number, even spoke to someone on the other end ?

    08000232635

    I looked it up online an apparently its a DWP number but when I enquire about it the staff at my local office seem completely if its to be believed mystified as to which DWP department it came from. I did say to an advisor that if that’s the case don’t you think you need to report this fraudster and they said they would BUT really it left me with the impression they just don’t care enough so were probably fobbing me off.

    From what I have seen online its something to do with ESA but that’s weird as I don’t claim it.

    I will keep on to them about this so will keep you posted if anything changes but in the mean time if any of you have had experiences with this number please do comment.

    gaia

    August 2, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    • I’ve had missed 0800 calls that google to dwp, I’ve just completely ignored them.

      Another Fine Mess

      August 2, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    • FAO Gaia

      Any updates yet – especially on cases where recipients of an 08000 232 635 call have not supplied their own phone number to the DWP in the first place?

      Have you found out when the DWP started to use this number for the first time?

      outraged

      August 6, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      • I dialed the number. I got an answer phone. Message…You were called by the DWP. We will call you back

        nosey

        August 7, 2014 at 7:01 am

  10. 08000232635 – There’s a whole forum on this pest phone number:

    http://whocallsme.com/Phone-Number.aspx/08000232635

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    August 2, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    • After doing a bit of study on this DWP phone number it seem like the DWP are intentionally breaking the law and committing the crime of ‘Entrapment’

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      August 2, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    • I really hate these pest phoners.

      The one’s with a human voice on them I tell, “I do not accept nuisance calls.”

      Andrew Coates

      August 2, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      • Never give the JCP/DWP your phone number, if you do – you to could be treat to an unexpected call from the DWP!

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        August 2, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    • I dialled the number, I got a recorded message saying that you were called by the DWP. Says they will call you back

      Philip

      August 3, 2014 at 11:07 am

  11. dwp have not got my phone number or will never have it, i did give them one tho from a phone box just so it would ring 😉

    super ted

    August 2, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    • Do they still operate the system where they expect you to answer in the 1st 3 rings

      Philip

      August 4, 2014 at 7:47 am

  12. JOBCENTRE TELEPHONE NUMBERS

    I don’t know what particular number this gentleman used when telephoning Jobcentre Plus, but his exasperating experience – lasting seven-and-a-half minutes – is not to be missed.

    You will not know whether to laugh or cry! I hope you can endure the whole seven-and-a-half-minutes!!

    WARNING: CONTAINS VERY COARSE LANGUAGE:

    Tobanem

    August 2, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    • Press Option 2 if someone has died (as a result of welfare ‘reforms’)! WTF!

      Unexpected Body In Bagging Area!

      Unexpected Body In Bagging Area

      August 2, 2014 at 4:20 pm

  13. I remember as a kid when we used to do odd-jobs for neighbours and counting our bounty at the end of the day and then running off to the sweet-shop to spend it all. I remember back in the day reading ‘em things called books in yon library with some bearded guy on the front talking about EXCHANGING your LABOUR for MONEY or capital or whatever he called it. I remember my first job and can still remember the excitement of ripping open my first pay-packet and the sight of all ‘em notes stuffed in the brown envelope. I remember going to the pub with it, getting a young lady drunk and pumping her round back of yon chippy. And where am I now? Working for diddly-squat on some communing f-ing work programme with nothing, just nothing to look forward to in return for my hard graft. How times change. I really pity the young ‘uns I really do.

    Old Timer

    August 2, 2014 at 4:11 pm

  14. on the lady;s youtube page she states “Been put on postal signings for 3 months….”

    growls

    August 2, 2014 at 7:34 pm

  15. trespass . If a visitor misbehaves at any time and refuses to leave when asked to do so by someone with a right to do so (usually the landowner or a representative) then the visitor becomes a trespasser because they no longer have the landowner’s permission to be there, even if they entered legally.

    So what are your rights in regarding signing on if you object even peaceably and politely because obviously the DWP will class any dissent as ‘misbehaviour’

    Bearing In mind this is the office in the video and staff that told me even though I was recording You have no rights when your signing on.

    growls

    August 2, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    • Trespassing is quite an interesting subject, then their again so is entrapment.

      Trespassing is to enter onto property/land/area without permission, naturally like sperm to a baby it has to be prior.

      This said if we move from concise to law it can also be twisted as though we are all vampires “I revoke thee invite, be gone prince of darkness, be gone”.

      Granted no reason is required BUT we are not talking you coming round my house, we are talking a public service ran by im sure i heard Cameron say transparent government who as they claim “have nothing to hide, no tricks up their sleeve” so it stands to reason that they could account for its use.

      DWP love to wave the law about when it suits them but as I have found often do so in a manner if pursued through legal channels, that falls by the wayside, that’s why they actually prefer the police not getting involved and hope the threat of is enough to scare you off.

      The trick is to be of a stance where your not saying no, your just saying im sorry I don’t understand, what ever have I done. Keep your hands to yourself, voice and manner calm, even give them a happy face. Remain humble, just imagine that moment in oliver twist, be oliver with the bowl in your hand saying “please sir can I have some more”.

      We all know their not going to put on paper what lead up to the withdrawal of permission but the police will as they have to have a chain of evidence, a record of events in their dealings, you know that little notebook of theirs or if your lucky the shoulder cam.

      Next to come and the police wont tell you this is, is the trespass criminal or civil which if you handle your legal sh*t right will be civil meaning “by mr police officer, sorry you had your time wasted”. Naturally they wont leave but will observe both sides are keeping the peace while obeying criminal law but the main thing to remember here is the police in this instance cant in any manner besides suggest verbally at this juncture you have to leave.

      Im not saying it hasn’t happened but as yet ive yet to see someone get sanctioned for the direct wording of I quote “trespassing” and even if they did again its not up for DWP or the police to decide, its upto a judge in a court of law be it criminal or civil.

      NO ONE EVER SAYS “get of my land” for absolutely no good reason, theirs always a reason and that is the crutch of the matter that needs to get exposed as far as the claimant is concerned.

      Thorough planning and a good strategy wins wars and if so practiced effectively constricts theirs.

      gaia

      August 3, 2014 at 8:25 am

      • Oh for the record im not saying pitch open a tent and provoke the police with your legal prowess, im saying Metaphorically those that carry most weight, carry most gravity.

        gaia

        August 3, 2014 at 8:34 am

  16. Benefit Reform “Shambles” Pushing Disabled People To Suicide, Says Whistleblower.
    Sick and disabled claimants are experiencing severe distress and some are even close to suicide due to botched disability benefit reform, an insider has revealed.

    Personal Independence Payments (PIP) are replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for Britain’s sick and disabled, but the assessment process which should take no longer than 26 weeks is sometimes taking twice as long.

    The insider, or should we say whistleblower, is a call centre worker for the private contractor Capita, who together with the disgraced private healthcare firm Atos are responsible for assessing PIP claimants on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

    http://welfarenewsservice.com/benefit-reform-shambles-pushing-disabled-people-suicide-says-whistleblower/

    Andrew Coates

    August 3, 2014 at 10:39 am

  17. Julie Webster of the Maryhill Foodbank quoted in the Evening Times on 28 June 2014:-

    “I have worked in social work for 20 years, so I am pretty hardened but we had a family come in on a Tuesday at 3pm having not eaten since the previous Friday. There had been a problem with benefits and because it was a Bank Holiday weekend the mum had no money for her or her two children. I watched the mum pick and put down can after can, wondering what she was doing, before I realised she was looking for one with a ring pull. She ripped the top off and started eating the beans with her hands, she was so hungry. At that point I had to got to the toilets and have a cry.”

    In Glasgow 2000 people are sanctioned EVERY week!

  18. Another Fine Mess

    August 3, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    • Another Fine Mess

      August 3, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    • yes, “Former DWP staff go rogue to help benefit claimants ”

      “Three disgruntled former civil servants have been inundated with pleas for help after they set up a website offering emergency advice to welfare claimants who believe their benefits have been wrongly docked.

      The three women behind the initiative, who all worked for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), allege that many Jobcentre staff are instructed to veto a set proportion of claims. The allegation is strongly denied by the department. The women, who are based in the North-east of England and have not made their names public, launched the website in June without any fanfare.

      In the last few days it has gone viral and the women have been bombarded by claimants accusing the DWP of unfairly cutting their benefits.

      On one day last week the website, jobseekersanctionadvice.com, received 200 messages, half from people protesting against being wrongly penalised.

      The website organisers, who have called on support from five other people with DWP experience, worked until after midnight to clear the backlog.

      One of the organisers, “Jean”, said she had become disillusioned by the treatment meted out to some claimants during her final years at a Jobcentre, alleging that staff were pressurised to sanction needy people for the smallest mistake in their claim.

      “I decided one Sunday to resign and I never went back. I had loved the job until the last three years but then I could see the way things were going. I got tired of fighting the system,” she said.

      “I became active on forums offering advice to people, the more I became involved, the more outraged I became.”

      With two like-minded ex-colleagues, she decided to set up the website to offer free advice to claimants.

      “We didn’t promote the website, we had a few inquiries and helped a few people. Then it got picked up and everything went bananas,” she told The Independent.

      “It’s a harsh environment… everything is designed to trip people up, they are asked to do things that are unsuitable. Some offices are OK and others aren’t – it all depends what manager you have.”

      An internal investigation by the DWP last year concluded there were no secret targets, either nationally or locally, for sanctioning benefits.

      A spokesman said: “Every day up and down the country our Jobcentre advisers are successfully helping people off benefits and into work.

      “We now have an employment rate which has never been higher and record numbers of people in jobs.

      “Decisions on sanctions aren’t taken lightly, but it’s only right that people claiming benefits should do everything they can to find work if they are able.

      “There are no targets for sanctions and we have a well-established system of hardship provision in place.”

      But Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the PCS union, said: “It’s a disgrace how, for political reasons, Jobcentres are being turned from places where unemployed people go to get help into places of fear for many claimants.

      “We want the sanctions regime scrapped entirely, it serves no purpose other than to demonise and punish people for being out of work.”

      He said a recent PCS survey of Jobcentre staff found almost two-thirds said they had experienced pressure to refer claimants for a sanction inappropriately”

      Andrew Coates

      August 4, 2014 at 10:31 am

  19. Lewes campaigner to take on Iain Duncan-Smith at 2015 general election.

    A political campaigner and former page three model is to challenge a Government minister for his parliamentary seat at the next election.

    Marina Pepper, from Lewes, will stand as the candidate representing the anarchist newspaper Class War in Chingford and Woodford Green against work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan-Smith.

    The 46-year-old previously served as a Liberal Democrat councillor in Lewes and held the title of mayor of Telscombe.

    http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/11374988.Sussex_woman_to_take_on_Iain_Duncan_Smith_at_next_year_s_general_election/

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    August 4, 2014 at 11:36 am

  20. Proof that Universal Jobmatch sometimes purposely doesn’t connect when trying to log in.

    In this short video the guy demonstrates there is nothing wrong with his internet connection, but at UJ log in the connection won’t work or times out on purpose.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    August 4, 2014 at 12:16 pm

  21. Very Important:

    Recruiters using DWP’s Universal Jobmatch site not using https to secure users data.

    Published on 11 Feb 2014

    Using the DWP’s website I noticed that many of the agencies being used to advertise jobs were requesting the uploading of personal details such as CV, age and telephone number.

    This is personal data as defined by the Data Protection Act and should be handled in a secure manner. However, I found that the web forms used transmitted this data over the internet in plain text.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    August 4, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    • I don’t think it matters much whether or not their using https.
      UJM by design leaves 7 million(so far) peoples data available to the worlds spammers, scammers, and economic competitors.

      Another Fine Mess

      August 4, 2014 at 5:40 pm

  22. I thought claimants already knew this as it formed one of my legal arguments as to why I will not use a UJM account or if directed to will not submit any data deemed under law (DPA) that is personal and or sensitive data such is my rights as the data subject.

    Now we have all heard the phrase if you have nothing to hide so why do sites like UJM as its not just them consistently hide employers contact details. On the FOIs ive had back most parties opted to say it was an employers request but I ask you this.

    If your a business selling a product or supplying a service WHY would you need to hide your contact details. The truth is from what I see its how job websites ensure you part with your personal and or sensitive data so they may use it for various purposes including making money from its sale. So you know they don’t sell individual data, they sell be it money or favour very large sets of it.

    ALSO on all sites the potential employer or agency don’t supply a data protection policy explaining how they intend to process your personal and or sensitive data which is the LAW and clearly advertised within the DPA.

    By using jobsites to convey CVs or other personal and or sensitive data you are consenting to sharing this sensitive and highly personal data with parties like the site itself who don’t really need it to comply with any law.

    All UK citizens including the unemployed are full within their rights to remove any such data already prescribed meaning you are free to alter your profile and replace you CV with a notice that like the CV will go to the employer. Through this method

    A: You insure your personal and or sensitive data is not insecurely sent.
    B: Not open to scams and or theft.
    C:Afforded the opportunity to engage with the potential employer/agency to ensure they are actually registered with ICO and are not going to process your data in a way you wish it wouldn’t.
    D: Prevents the latest SCAM of websites and yes this includes UJM gaining INFERRED CONSENT (Very dangerous approach).

    gaia

    August 4, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    • I almost never apply to ads where I can’t identify the employer or agency – sounds like a 10 year sanctional ‘offence’.
      Unfortunately my ‘work coach’ never goes beyond UJ and thinks ‘Company Confidential’ is the name of an agency!
      Everyone might as well forget ‘Company Confidential’. Thanks to lots of practice I can usually identify what’s behind it, most are clean easy, marketing companies, and even call center companies.

      If your a business selling a product or supplying a service WHY would you need to hide your contact details

      Companies advertise fake vacancies anonymously to get a feel for the market going rate, so they can pay the minimum amount they can get away with, and to see if any of their own skilled or semi-skilled employees are jobhunting. I’ve worked for companies doing that, and seen some of the rubbish CVs arriving.

      Another Fine Mess

      August 4, 2014 at 9:53 pm

  23. New Promotional Videos of Job Seeker Sanctions Advice:

    http://jobseekersanctionadvice.com/promotional-videos/

    Tobanem

    August 4, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    • Why are they so desperately seeking publicity?

      Another Fine Mess

      August 4, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      • Im all for everyone pitching in but I too currently have reservations so sent them an email.

        Yet again like others I cant find them on the ICO register which is a legal requirement for those processing personal and or sensitive data, the privacy policy is poorly written and conveys little information as is the info on cookies used on the website. No mention/reference is made to a nominated data controller and MOST IMPORTANTLY

        WE DONT KNOW IF THE SERVER THAT HOLDS THIS PERSONAL AND OR SENSITIVE DATA IS BASED WITHIN THE UK WHICH IF NOT MEANS ANYONE PARTING WITH SUCH DATA ISNT PROTECTED BY THE DATA PROTECTION ACT.

        gaia

        August 5, 2014 at 7:45 am

      • They seem to have shut up shop for now, site, FB, YT twitter nowt. all dead. hmm.

        Another Fine Mess

        August 5, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      • Maybe to embaress somebody incharge so they are forced to resign or get sacked BEFORE the election and I say this Allegedly

        Nosey

        August 6, 2014 at 7:25 am

  24. JSSA have put out this message:

    http://jobseekersanctionadvice.com/

    Their server crashed due to the sheer volume of traffic!

    Tobanem

    August 5, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    • There’s 3 of them at the very least involved in it, and yet the real-time, or even daily communication from any of them via FB and twitter is near zero.

      It’s a relatively simple site, mostly text and not a great amount on there, on a stable server.

      And yet it’s brought down by the volume of traffic in the early hours of a Tuesday morning.

      It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, what am I missing.

      Another Fine Mess

      August 5, 2014 at 4:51 pm

  25. Maybe like so many noobies to website use they chose a free hosting server which if the case does have severely restricted services so crashes are no surprize.

    I see they have been looking at their cookie and privacy notices as now up pops the cookie banner. I see yet again rather than take the traditional through the door post they have supplied a gmail address.

    Well people gmail like live or Hotmail or other branded email hosters is an UNSECURE email service so send data at your own risk. Brand names DO NOT INSTANTLY MEAN YOU CAN TRUST THEM.

    It appears to me ex DWP or not they still haven’t shaken off the chains of knowing nothing about the internet so play the same insecure practices as DWP. You would think if they have enough intelligence to know 90% of websites use cookies that it is totally possible to have a website that doesn’t yet it doesn’t seem to concern them or should I say our privacy plays second fiddle to their aim of hitting back at DWP. This I feel is disingenuous and makes me see that claimants reaching out to them are but mere tools for these ladies to wreak their self interested revenge.

    That’s some cold stuff I know but until things change in areas I cant personally back this venture.

    gaia

    August 7, 2014 at 8:07 am

    • There is an American saying ”Could it be a FALSE FLAG blog”

      James

      August 7, 2014 at 8:48 am

    • gaia.
      Sounds like you didn’t see the UM thread where the webmaster turned up, the first half of the thread is still cached.
      I think the whole thing is just a web marketing exercise, if there really are people behind it helping with sanctions it’s just a front for all the publicity, or else the ladies have been had.

      Is that controversial, enough or shall I try a bit harder?

      Another Fine Mess

      August 7, 2014 at 1:27 pm


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: