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35 Hours JobSearch: We Publish the Mad DWP Guidelines.

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From JJ.

 

Read closely: it is a ‘time and motion’ study designed to trap people in a remorseless set of tasks for 35 hours a week.

“Phoning employers may take one or two hours per day” – that’s an awful lot of nuisance calls!

Application forms – one to one and a half hours. That’s a lot of slow-paced filling-in.

Jobsearch on-line up to two hours a day – that’s a lot of time-wasting when you’re already registered with ULM and other sites.

And so it goes, in mind-bogglingly meticulous detail.

Down to competency based application forms, researching ‘volunteering’ and ‘work experience’.

Work Coachy is looking at your every move!

 

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  1. Thanks for all your work to expose workfare exploitation, your brilliant research and your great solidarity. really appreciated

    Lynne Friedli

    January 23, 2015 at 11:58 am

  2. What a lot of old bollocks!!!!! It never gets better In the La, La land of the Department Of Work and Pensions.

    spidersweb42

    January 23, 2015 at 12:38 pm

  3. Reblogged this on sdbast.

    sdbast

    January 23, 2015 at 12:42 pm

  4. Where did you find this, Uni? Did a work roach drop it out of their pocket on the stairs? 😀

    Serendipity

    January 23, 2015 at 12:46 pm

  5. As Einstein so famously said: “The definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.” This “35 hour a week job-search” is the modern-day version of oakem-picking. Doing these pointless, mindless, unproductive, soul-destroying tasks is guaranteed to drive a person insane – or is that the whole point?

    The Mad Hatter

    January 23, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    • Voltaire, not Einstein.

      Chris Northcott

      January 26, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    • Who cares who said it! Doing these pointless, mindless, unproductive, soul-destroying tasks & sanctions is guaranteed to drive a person to suicide – that’s the whole point, (IDS etc knew it) for many thousands of human beings have and more will if these things carry on as they are.

      enigma

      January 26, 2015 at 10:12 pm

  6. A few questions for you

    Next time you’re on a bus or a train on your way to work – ask yourself “if this is late should my next pay cheque be stopped?”.

    Next time you need to go into to your child’s school at short notice – ask yourself “should this mean that I don’t get paid this month?”

    How would you react if your next pay cheque was stopped?

    Next time you oversleep or forget an appointment – ask yourself “should I and my family go hungry for a few weeks just to teach me a lesson?”

    If your answer to those questions is “yes” then you probably support the sanctions system.

    If it’s “no” then it is time to question sanctions and how they are used against some of the poorest and most vulnerable citizens in our society.

    Claimants with mental health issues are being ‘punished’ for being late and missing appointments while claiming benefits

    Question Time

    January 23, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    • Question time, that’s why if you’ve been paying attention tories have been saying like work instead of work. They want you to be as but not actually so otherwise you become an employee which means rights. They did the same with placements, why companies such as tescos and many others have done likewise.

      Its an old fashion practice of making incremental changes that if out right introduced would bring about an outcry and thwart the overall plan . People either don’t see it or refuse to but the elite through politics are shifting democracy to dictatorship and thus reversing the role of servitude from ministers back to the public.

      I and others said quite a while ago that welfare is the least of your problems as it was never about money, its about dividing the public so their preoccupied and so cannot plan and mobilise against the coming storm.

      You see its called bottom to top which is all about making people dependant on the state by creating fear and deprivation and their falling for it hook line and sinker.

      gaia

      January 23, 2015 at 6:18 pm

  7. They intend jobseekers to spend a fortune on phone bills?:

    ghost whistler

    January 23, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    • Absolutely – particularly for the many unemployed who only have a mobile this would cost the earth!

      Andrew Coates

      January 23, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      • 0845 – 0345 £0.40p A Minute From the O2 Network 35p From everybody else Including Fixline BT and Talk Talk..Asked Others In My Flats.

        Philip

        January 25, 2015 at 11:23 am

      • Telephone calls from landlines aren’t cheap either. Per minute are quite reasonable, but the connection charges rip people off.

        Surely the service in connecting the call is paid for with the line rental contract.

        Universal Jobmatch

        January 27, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    • For free use phone they would have to be at a work programme provider. if on wp you aint on the figures

      ...

      January 24, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    • If you ever had to phone a “benefit delivery centre” you are fucked!

      Busby

      January 26, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      • Yes only 1-7 calls get answered. Also the call centres or benefit delivery centres are used for other things too.
        I know from experience. I phone one once and I overheard the person I was speaking to colleague..She identified herself as ”Elizabeth from DFS.” I heard another id themselves as ANGLIAN WATER.

        BT BETTY

        January 27, 2015 at 10:17 am

      • Lots of call centre are like that – I’ve worked in them! One day you are on the DWP “contract”, next day the DFS “contract”, next day the Anglian Water “contract”… you will have people at the same “pod” on different “contracts”….

        Ex-Call Centre Slave

        January 27, 2015 at 11:22 am

      • i.e the “benefit delivery centres” aren’t run internally by the DWP – they are “sub-contracted” out.

        Ex-Call Centre Slave

        January 27, 2015 at 11:25 am

      • .. cos it’s cheaper… mainlt cos the staff get paid jack-shit 😀

        Ex-Call Centre Slave

        January 27, 2015 at 11:26 am

      • I only KNOW because in Plymouth my ex-wife’s cousin and my COUSIN both work in the same centre and in adjoining pods. I don’t know the company but they handle..ANGLIAN WATER / DWP / TVLICENSING / ALLIED CARPETS / DFS / THE CO-OP Etc

        BT BETTY

        January 27, 2015 at 12:42 pm

  8. Just how many employers do they think are out there?? Maybe every one should bombard the dwp with nuisance calls and cvs.. Give them a taste of their own medicine!!! (Ok i know no one including me wants to work for them but still..

    kat rehman

    January 23, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    • Good Morning Ms Rehman.
      If you can remember the old days of the JOBCLUBS, JOBCLUBS run by the then Unemployment Benefit Office. After the initial two week induction course and the printing off of CV’s and the GENERIC SPEC LETTER. You were then given a copy of the Yellow Pages. 100 envelopes. Told to start with the 1st company and work your way through the book. There were at time 20-30 people in the ”class” 4 days a week. You can imagine how many spec letters ”prospective employers” received. If you did not have a job by the 2nd week you went on the COMMUNITY PROGRAMME, Ditch Clearing . Painting Walls . Gravestone Cleaning.
      Sounds Familiar……Who Said History Has A Habit Of Repeating It’s Self !

      Philip

      January 25, 2015 at 11:18 am

      • But they were all sent out in the distinctive DWP brown envelopes; when I worked in admin we used to throw them straight in the bin…

        Chole

        January 26, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      • … and they always had a “2nd class stamp too to make them more readily identifiable.

        Chole

        January 26, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      • Ours were in white envelopes…franked mail…With Jobclub on the frank masthead. or a ”JOBCLUB DON’T DISCARD on it

        BT BETTY

        January 27, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      • Yes, the jobclub did get wise and switched over to white envelopes with the “Jobclub – Do Not Discard” frank… still threw them in the bin… 😀

        Ex-Admin

        January 27, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      • Don’t be silly, whether it was jobclubs or since on the welfare to work programmes, not all were sent out.

        Paper, ink/toner and envelopes are relatively cheap in volume, sending it out in post is doubles the cost (now with the price rises much more) and it is a sure known thing that hardly any of the letters will result in an interview or reply, let alone work being secured.

        Yes, you guessed it. Its cheaper to throw it in the bin. In that situation you have to decide to do your own speculative letters for the employers you are really interested in…

        Universal Jobmatch

        January 27, 2015 at 7:50 pm

  9. Andrew:

    The kind of creep who wrote this is probably the same one who is insisting that the drop in the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has got absolutely nothing to do with jobseekers being sanctioned off the unemployment register.

    Like they say: figures can’t lie, but lie can figure!

    jj joop

    January 23, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    • They may say that but as a lover and extensive user of math that’s simply not true.

      If your into the philosophy of mathematics you will know the answer is only right if the observation is right and or applied right.

      Statistics as you already know sample a small pool then apply to the whole. Its for the want of a better word a scientific guess as unless you actually ask ten people what their thinking, you cant possibly know what their thinking by only asking two.

      gaia

      January 23, 2015 at 6:48 pm

  10. CLYDEBANK FIRE INCIDENT

    For those of you who remember the tragic incident in Clydebank where a woman set herself on fire inside a police station, the news is now even more tragic.

    The woman – a Belgian national – has died. The woman was known to have been in a lot of contact with the local council immediately before the incident.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-30957789

    Tobanem

    January 23, 2015 at 5:20 pm

  11. A “thing” about peoples’ jobsearch at the Dwp at the moment,I’ve seen someone marched to a computer accompanied by a hit squad jobcoach acting intimidating,demanding a print off of their job application emails.this exceeds their guidelines and breeches confidentiality.they will try and back this up with a jobseekers direction issued again without powers to try and stop someones money.

    Looks like the speculative approach is back,a reserection of the waste of time sessions of the late 80’s and early 90’s,not everyone sees these as “wow”.i can remember a reply with a letter “if we had any vacancies we would have advertised”.as if I’d somehow troubled them.

    https://jobseekersanctionadvice.com/complaint-letters/

    No6

    ken

    January 24, 2015 at 5:08 am

    • Unfortunately a lot of jobseekers aren’t aware of what roaches can and cannot ask you to do. Hence this person being marched to a computer and generally being ordered around.

      jj joop

      January 24, 2015 at 7:30 am

      • As before, the very same as in the armed forces, they make people think that because it’s a jobcentre, as if it’s an army camp or prison, they have to do what they are told, we know a lot people who do what their told, those people think that what they are being told is the right thing to do, they also think that everyone is doing what they are told so to them everything is ok.

        The amount of people who I have talked to in the food bank who tell me what they have been told, they beleive everything they are told. of course I tell them different.

        enigma

        January 24, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    • Not to mention that you have to register an account with BT – who are advertising their own company – to use the computers round here.

      Andrew Coates

      January 24, 2015 at 12:23 pm

  12. Same goes for the HMRC

    “It knows the majority, particularly the vulnerable who lack access to advice, are not likely to complain or do anything about it,” he said. “Morally it stinks

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11358219/Widows-hit-by-unfair-tax-bills.html

    enigma

    January 24, 2015 at 9:28 am

  13. Opponents of the Government’s plan to revive the twice failed Internet Snooping law, which would force ISPs into logging a much bigger slice of everybody’s online activity and also make it more accessible to security services, are crying foul after dirty politics resulted in 18 pages of new law being snuck into the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill (CTSB) at the last minute.. and without the promised judicial oversight (safeguard).

    http://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2015/01/lords-sneak-uk-internet-snooping-law-bill-minus-safeguards.html

    enigma

    January 24, 2015 at 1:41 pm

  14. More on “spying” on all.

    Cyber experts warn on Cameron’s eavesdropping plans
    Prime Minister’s promise to allow security services to access encrypted mobile data “compromises protection for everybody on everything” says Microsoft chief

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet-security/11367332/Cyber-experts-warn-on-Camerons-eavesdropping-plan-for-mobiles.html

    enigma

    January 24, 2015 at 3:17 pm

  15. Do you want people bullied off benefits? Because that’s what’s happening.

    The DWP denies it has targets, but the fact is that cruelty in the form of sanctions is visited on thousands of claimants a week.

    “some of this week’s most sobering revelations, in material just published by the House of Commons work and pensions committee relating to the government’s use of so-called sanctions: the punishments that take the form of a sudden withdrawal of benefits for at least four weeks. Echoing Iain Duncan Smith, the Tory employment minister Esther McVey explains the practice in terms of “ending the something-for-nothing culture”. Whatever their department is trying to do has resulted in an explosion of sanctioning – up from a rate of about 1,000 cases a month 10 years ago to a recent peak of 12,000 – and incontrovertible evidence of nastiness and abuse.

    Everyone should read the wealth of written evidence submitted to the committee, which ranges from material put together by charities and NGOs, through accounts of maltreatment offered by people at the sharp end of the benefits system, and on in turn to testimony from a small handful of people who have administered the machine from the inside. What is described is recurrently nightmarish but increasingly common: in any town where you can find the benign-looking green insignia of Jobcentre Plus, there is a good chance that people are routinely being bullied, hounded, and worse.”

    More: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/23/benefits-sanctions-bullied-dwp-claimants

    Andrew Coates

    January 24, 2015 at 3:39 pm

  16. 1.3 Out research has found that the current ESA sanctions regime aggravates the ill health experienced by recipients of these health-related benefits (and is a particular problem for people with mental health conditions). Sanctions led to loss of their only source of income, resulting in sanctioned ESA recipients often going without sufficient food and/or energy required to maintain good health or recover from illness.

    http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/work-and-pensions-committee/benefit-sanctions-policy-beyond-the-oakley-review/written/16150.html

    enigma

    January 24, 2015 at 4:54 pm

  17. Two churches have launched a blistering attack on the Government for using hunger as a punishment for people claiming unemployment benefit, warning that using benefit sanctions to reprimand claimants who miss meetings or fail to look for jobs amounts to a policy of “deliberate destitution”.

    In a joint written submission to MPs, the Methodist and Unitarian churches say the Government is presiding over a benefits system that places a harsher punishment on people who have the misfortune to be unemployed than those found guilty of committing a crime. The maximum penalty possible – removal of living expenses excluding housing benefit for three years – represents a loss of £11,000, while the largest fine imposed by the criminal justice system is £5,000

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/jobless-are-being-punished-with-hunger-for-claiming-unemployment-benefit-say-churches-10000904.html

    enigma

    January 25, 2015 at 11:25 am

  18. “Universal credit: DWP to share tenant data with social landlords”

    http://www.24dash.com/news/housing/2015-01-23-Universal-credit-DWP-to-share-tenant-data-with-social-landlords

    Annos

    January 25, 2015 at 1:07 pm

  19. It looks to me like they’re struggling to make up ’35 hours worth’ even for the first week, it doesn’t even say if this is per week or what! And nearly all that is there, is what the Waste Programme and employability courses have been trying for years. Perhaps it’s an admission the private providers have failed, or perhaps the JC don’t actually know that most of that is what the providers have been doing!

    As if ‘work coaches'(in general) know anything about the ‘labour market’. They have trouble detecting a blatantly fake posting on UJ, until they’ve been mandating customers to apply for the very same (re)posting for weeks and months.

    Roughly 25k (real)entry level jobs appear each week, and believe it or not they all get taken up each week, after each receiving 100s, sometimes 1000s of applications.

    Everybody searching for longer/harder and applying for more and more, won’t help much. It would only help you if you’re the only one doing it, – which is one of the reasons why ‘the pilots’ of these schemes sometimes show some result, but as soon as they roll it out it fails every time.

    Having people apply for jobs they’re not very well suited to is having a negative effect. Jobsites and agencies are simply filtering out more and more of the applications before they even get to the employer.
    Entry level jobs that almost anyone could start – in theory, are now including more specific experience and must haves. It’s actually locking out the currently unemployed from getting a start in the jobs market, they only have access to about 2% of it as it is.

    Building a CV would take 2 to 3 hours.

    I must be very slow, it took me nearly 25 years!

    Researching child care providers may take 2 hours.

    Yes, it’s such a non-problem that I don’t know why all the political parties are claiming they’re trying fix it.

    Phoning employers to follow up…

    All of the customers’ phones have been removed from JC, and use of mobiles is banned, – not really thought this bit through have they.

    Useful Websites

    LOL.

    Is that enough for now? 🙂

    Another Fine Mess

    January 25, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    • Because of the experince needed or must have’s that are put in the way of the unemployed, or the amount of people applying for one position, many people will probably never be in paid employment.

      enigma

      January 25, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    • “entry level job” is ‘work programme’/jobcentre speak for “shitty job” 😀

      Newspeak

      January 26, 2015 at 3:44 am

    • It’s an example of applying Parkinson’s law to job seeking, “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkinson%27s_law

      Andrew Coates

      January 26, 2015 at 12:09 pm

  20. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

    A6er

    January 25, 2015 at 4:24 pm

  21. “More homeless camps are appearing beyond downtown L.A.’s skid row”

    http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-homeless-encampments-20150125-story.html

    Annos

    January 25, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    • Yet another example of “he that oppresseth the poor, reproacheth his Maker” – Proverbs, chapter 14, verse 31.

      Tobanem

      January 26, 2015 at 10:12 am

  22. Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog.

    beastrabban

    January 26, 2015 at 9:26 am

  23. Reblogged this on Lindas Blog and commented:
    Time and Motion Study for Unemployed Claimant Commitment – Set up to Fail….. in so may ways.

    loobitzh

    January 26, 2015 at 9:51 am

  24. Grandad passed fit to work by Atos – despite brain damage, depression, diabetes and stroke.

    Despite his poor health, David Waite was told his Employment and Support Allowance was being stopped and he’d need to get a job or sign on for Jobseeker’s Allowance.

    David Waite, 60, suffers from a string of health problems including brain damage and depression.

    He was referred to a stroke clinic after taking ill in November, just weeks before he was assessed by Atos.

    But he was left shocked when examiners told him his benefits were being axed because he was fit for work.

    His family say David suffers tremors and shakes and is having more tests to establish his underlying condition.

    He also suffers from neck pain and diabetes.

    Despite his poor health, he was told his Employment and Support Allowance was being stopped and he’d need to get a job or sign on for Jobseeker’s Allowance.

    The decision prompted his wife Norah to write to Prime Minister David Cameron.

    Norah, 56, told the Sunday Mail: “David won’t be signing on – he can’t sign anything.

    “We wrote to the Prime Minister as we felt it was so unjust. Someone wrote back saying they’d pass the matter on to the DWP.”

    David, a former steel erector, and Norah have two children and nine grandchildren.

    The couple, who fostered 20 youngsters over a 28-year period, used to run a hardware shop in their home town of Dalry, Ayrshire.

    Problems with David’s health first surfaced in early 2013 when he went to A&E for a sore ear and headaches and ended up being kept in for 10 days.

    Norah added: “His condition has steadily deteriorated. We’re not sure what’s wrong.

    “He can’t even get in or out of the bath by himself. He has developed a bad tremor and his hand does not stop shaking.

    “I have to write his name for him. He has difficulty swallowing so he struggles to take his pills – 20 each day.

    “The stress of the assessment process has just made things worse. We feel they’re targeting the ill. We’re just exhausted.”

    The Department for Work and Pensions said: “If Mr Waite’s health has deteriorated, we would ask him to provide medical evidence and we’ll look at his claim again.”

    Atos said: “A person can have significant health issues and still be deemed fit to work as the assessment looks at what you can do rather than what you can’t.”

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/grandad-passed-fit-work-atos-5039957

    Atos and DWP – TOTAL BASTARDS.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    January 26, 2015 at 2:21 pm

  25. Why not have all the unemployed, sick and disabled, milling around outside Jobcentres for 35 hours a week wearing sandwich boards, so that passing employers can see how keen they are to work?
    It would mean an average of about 5,000+ people outside each JC, but don’t worry about that, just think of the success rate, – about 75% according to the press reports.
    3 million paid jobs would just appear.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/its-vital-that-we-teach-young-people-how-to-write-a-proper-cv-9692347.html

    Update on the story:
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/man-who-held-up-hire-me-sign-at-waterloo-station-returns-a-year-later-with-im-hiring-sign-9999076.html

    If even the recruitment firm is hiring via a sandwhich boards for itself, surely the recruitment firm itself is not needed in the chain.
    You couldn’t make it up!

    Another Fine Mess

    January 26, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    • Passing employers?! LOL

      In Ipswich, there are pretty much no employers on Silent Street… let alone anyone recruiting. In all honesty, I wouldn’t ever employ someone who are so desperate to lower themselves in such a way.

      Universal Jobmatch

      January 27, 2015 at 7:31 pm

  26. Live – Work and Pensions Questions – House of Commons – BBC Parliament Channel.

    Currently Esther McVey is spouting a load of venom!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    January 26, 2015 at 2:57 pm

  27. Esther McVey has just stated – “There are no sanction targets”

    Outright lies as this has now been proven.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    January 26, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    • Obi

      Since we all know that they will always lie about such things, I don’t see the point of watching or listening to them. they will never change.

      enigma

      January 26, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      • That’s just me who won’t watch or listen!

        enigma

        January 26, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    • They do not call them “targets”, its like a loophole by using different terminology… except no one was saying “targets” as a noun. Its pathetic childish behaviour, its about time they just accepted that everybody now knows of this practice.

      Universal Jobmatch

      January 27, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    • Furthermore, its not so much about sanctions but “sanction referrals”… which to everyone is the same thing.

      Universal Jobmatch

      January 27, 2015 at 7:40 pm

  28. From the letters page of today’s Metro:

    “I don’t understand why people criticise the welfare system. I am a paranoid schizophrenic but medication keeps me well. I receive £260 a week in benefits and are given a free housing association flat in a nice area. I also receive a free travel pass which allows me travel all over Scotland. I enjoy meals out, buy nice clothes and attend a brilliant mental health project. The DWP have told me that my benefits are safe and won’t be cut. Life is good.”

    And it is true because I have worked with these people, one even confessed to working on the side as a painter and decorator earning £100 a a day cash-in-hand. How can this largesse be justified? Of someone will on to say that “disabled” people have more expenses, it’s not like they pay for their Largactil! These fookers are laughing at us and taking the piss as we defend them. How can on one hand can this be sanctioned by the DWP and on the other hand the same department is literally sanctioning jobseekers such a David Clapson RIP six-foot under? It is when hard-working taxpayers read these letters from someone who is obviously cognisant to write a smirking letter into a newspaper that they get angry – but they direct their anger at the wrong people. Something is definitely amiss with the welfare state.

    Salary Slave

    January 26, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    • Salary Slave, you’ve been found out – you posted an identical message on Johny Void’s page. You are a paid Tory stooge. We know that your party has £75,000,000 ready to pay for a Tory victory in May, a victory that hopefully won’t happen, for all of our sakes.

      wildswimmerpete

      January 26, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      • You haven’t challenged the ‘facts’ though – if ‘disabled’ claimants really getting paid £260 a week (4 times what a jobseeker receives!) when their living expenses will be no more it does make a mockery of those having to jump over increasingly higher hoops to receive their pittance, and being subjected to arbitrary sanction as well as being farmed out as slave labour!

        Mags

        January 26, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      • I could argue that Ben Gummer is getting paid around 4 times more than the average full time worker in Ipswich and works considerably less.

        Universal Jobmatch

        January 27, 2015 at 7:25 pm

  29. UJ kept sending me vacancies for (blah blah APPRENTICE) jobs, I’ve been employed mostly since age 18 – with about 4 years out of the labour market and I’m now almost 57 years old. If I were an employer I’d definitely bin an application for an apprentice post from someone my age – just another way of avoiding paying minimum wage, maybe ?

    Martin Webster

    January 26, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    • I have been to careers fairs and jobsfairs before – including one at ITFC back in 2010 (?) – and some target-strapped idiot was persuading anyone and everyone to sign up to an apprenticeship.

      In short, no age limits, however they only fund 18-21 year olds… (or something like that, don’t quote me on that) so that means…

      1) An employer will have to pay for the apprenticeship costs (not going to happen when that can be free), or
      2) I would have to pay for the apprenticeship costs myself, despite the little money I would earn through the apprenticeship hardly covering it.

      You are right, the UJ website is full of fake apprenticeship jobs aimed at lower minimum wage payments… Learndirect is advertising for Poundland Retail Apprenticeships (is under “Company Confidential”)…

      Company Name: Learndirect
      Company Industry: Retail and customer services
      Required Qualification: No qualifications required
      Modern Apprenticeships Level: Level 2 (SCQF 5)

      Vacancy is with Poundland. Ensure excellent customer service is provided. To process till transactions quickly and accurately. To replenish stock as directed. To undertake ad hoc duties as required. Check fraudulent transactions. This amazing opportunity requires you to complete a 12 month programme in one of our retail stores and is designed to offer you a career pathway to our junior retail management positions. We’re all about fun and friendly and working as a team to deliver to our customer. Looking for highly organised person, excellent time keeping is essential sand enjoy working with people

      (I searched for Apprenticeships, this is Aberdeen so SCQF means “Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework” there are similar in England too)

      Notice they are promising the apprentice “junior management” progression… to use their words, absolutely “amazing opportunity!”

      I will analyse…

      1) Ensure excellent customer service is provided.
      2) To process till transactions quickly and accurately.
      3) To replenish stock as directed.
      4) To undertake ad hoc duties as required.
      5) Check fraudulent transactions.

      Translation:

      1) Be happy, smile to customers and be helpful – give the impression you are starting out on NMW and not an apprentice
      2) Operate the tills – scan your hourly wage in 15 secs
      3) Stack shelves
      4) Clean the floors and help with deliveries and the warehouse when required
      5) When on tills, check notes are genuine and not fake

      This is basic till work, shelf-stacking and working in a shop… it should be paid the full adult NMW (or applicable lower rate) and not be made into an apprenticeship… not only are Poundland reducing their staffing costs, the taxpayer is paying for this bogus 1-day a week at Learndirect centre course.

      A customer service retail apprenticeship won’t open doors and help people progress their career. Its an absolute disgrace.

      Universal Jobmatch

      January 27, 2015 at 7:20 pm

  30. People may be interested to know that this post has got 2,278 views today alone (4.29 p.m.).

    Thanks J.

    Andrew Coates

    January 26, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    • Good for you JJ, you win a cookie!

      enigma

      January 26, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      • I’ll have a custard cream, ta very much.

        jj joop

        January 27, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      • Just one coz I can’t afford a packet!

        enigma

        January 27, 2015 at 3:20 pm

  31. Reblogged this on UNEMPLOYED IN TYNE & WEAR.

    untynewear

    January 26, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    • A very good site and always worth looking at (I’m subscribed).

      Andrew Coates

      January 27, 2015 at 11:50 am

      • … and links to “diaryofabenefitscrounger”… Doh!

        Homer

        January 27, 2015 at 12:12 pm

  32. Nuts to It all !!!!

    spidersweb42

    January 26, 2015 at 7:20 pm

  33. Supporting people back into work

    The new powers outlined in the draft clauses published on 22 January 2015 mean that in future, the Scottish Government will be able to set up its own employment programmes to help the long-term unemployed and disabled people into work.

    A significant amount of Department for Work and Pensions support to job seekers delivered by centrally-contracted providers – such as the Work Programme – is being devolved.

    Help for long-term unemployed and disabled people currently makes up 95% of DWP’s budget for centrally contracted employment support delivered through providers.

    Benefits for disabled people and carers

    Control over benefits affecting some of the most vulnerable members of society will be devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

    This includes things like Disability Living Allowance, Carer’s Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Personal Independence Payment and industrial injuries benefits.

    This means the Scottish Parliament will have wide-ranging powers to make provision for Scottish versions of these benefits – with the ability to change the rules, or even replace these benefits with new ones or other payments and services.

    http://www.welfareweekly.com/new-scottish-welfare-powers-glance/

    enigma

    January 26, 2015 at 9:16 pm

  34. We recommend that Defra commission further research into why more people are using foodbanks to provide an evidence base to inform and enhance policy responses. We recommend that the Government collect objective and statistically robust data on the scale of household food insecurity, including through the use of questions in the food costs sections of the UKs living costs and food survey. It should also monitor trends over time so that the effectiveness of policies can be accurately gauged and any necessary changes made in response to evidence of need

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/patrick-butler-cuts-blog/2015/jan/22/food-banks-mps-call-for-fresh-inquiry-into-scale-of-uk-food-poverty

    enigma

    January 26, 2015 at 9:37 pm

  35. The financial penalties are anything but minor. The scale is more severe than that available to the magistrates or sheriff courts (£286.80 – £11,185.20 compared to £200 – £10,000). Claimants are often reduced to hunger and destitution by the two-week ban on applications for ‘hardship payments’, and the hardship payment system itself is designed to clean people out of all resources. Moreover, this penal system lacks the safeguards which protect offenders in the mainstream judicial system. Decisions on guilt are made in secret by officials who have no independent responsibility to act lawfully, but are mere agents of the Secretary of State, currently subject to constant management pressure to maximise penalties. The claimant is not present and is not legally represented. The punishment is applied before there has been any hearing. If they get a hearing (and even before the obstacles introduced by Mandatory Reconsideration only 3 per cent of sanctioned claimants were doing so), then it is only long after the punishment. Unlike a magistrate or sheriff, the official deciding on the penalty does not have to vary it in the light of social or medical reports on its impact on the claimant or their family.

    http://ersa.org.uk/media/blog/dr-david-webster-argues-its-time-abolish-benefit-sanctions

    enigma

    January 26, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    • There is also ‘time to pay’ a financial penalty in the magistrates and sheriffs courts; not so with the dwp’s penal sanction system – instant withdrawal of benefits!

      Skint

      January 26, 2015 at 10:54 pm

  36. Why bother with 1p worth of card and ink when you could use ££££s worth of hardware and complex software instead?
    https://www.xyzmo.com

    Another Fine Mess

    January 26, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    • They do waste a lot of cash don’t they, after which they complain.

      enigma

      January 26, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    • You got to be joking me?!

      How can I sign something through a web page?

      Pretty easily using HTML5 canvas and saving the end result as an image with native javascript or jquery – this could be uploaded to server, submitted in a form or downloaded to web users browser.

      This project would take the average-skilled web developer around 30 minutes to implement, cap it to an hour as many wouldn’t work for less than one hour at their hourly rate. A novice could get it for free with a 5 minute Google search no doubt.

      Universal Jobmatch

      January 27, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      • Well someone’s got to keep these German hardware and software companies in business!

        Another Fine Mess

        January 27, 2015 at 10:51 pm

  37. Fit for Work service taking first referrals
    GPs in Sheffield are the first in the country to be able to refer patients to the Fit for Work (FfW) service.

    http://www.wsandb.co.uk/wsb/news/2390059/exclusive-fit-for-work-service-taking-first-referrals

    and

    UK should discuss prioritising NHS treatment for workers – Dame Carol Black
    Two of the government’s top health and work advisers believe the merits of prioritising NHS treatment for working people need to be seriously discussed.

    enigma

    January 26, 2015 at 11:05 pm

  38. WELFARE CRACKDOWN

    Perhaps “Salary Slave” commenting on here yesterday at 3.46pm, will have a change of mind about the generous benefit system when he reads the latest attack on the workshy by the Daily Mail.

    Housing Benefit cap reduced by £3,000, while 18 to 21-year-olds will get no housing benefit at all.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2927561/New-welfare-crackdown-workshy-100-day-election-countdown-begins-PM-vows-slash-cap-3-000-days-Tory-election-victory.html

    Tobanem

    January 27, 2015 at 9:29 am

  39. These c***s have got toff written all over them… wonder what happened to them all…

    The Bullingdon Boys

    January 27, 2015 at 12:17 pm

  40. Annos

    January 27, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    • Firstly, much respect for a well run and independent food bank (although funded and supported by the council) that isn’t religiously or politically charged. However, when you look into it the woman running it is very Tory – get the impression she is being well paid whilst there are volunteers, volunteering… and of course Hounslow Foodbox doesn’t give food to those who are sanctioned, arguably those who need it most.

      Secondly, what a bitch. Of course, its much better for the “individual” to be in work (“if they can”)… the reason they are on benefits is because they cannot find work. She found it funny when the guy said “old people”.

      MP claims she can make contacts and build relationships with local businesses. She can help spread the word!!! She is a director of MACLEOD CONSULTING GROUP LIMITED – a business consultancy firm, yet the financials are nothing to write home about http://companycheck.co.uk/company/04350583/MACLEOD-CONSULTING-GROUP-LIMITED/financial-accounts (notice all Tories claim to be great in business when no one follows through to read in between the lines)

      The latest Annual Accounts submitted to Companies House for the year up to 31/03/2014 reported ‘cash at bank’ of £0, ‘liabilities’ worth £53,902, ‘net worth’ of £-14,458 and ‘assets’ worth £39,444.

      One could argue since becoming an MP she has decided against running this business or not being a priority…

      Then at the end she says she wants women to vote because “[they] worked so hard for the vote”, I don’t think there are many women left from back in that era.

      Universal Jobmatch

      January 27, 2015 at 6:42 pm

  41. The Greens end all the cruel benefits regime causing starvation, A Benefits system by the DWP so similar to the Nazi slavery of the untermenschen (under humans) by forced labour as a condition of getting benefit, when they had forced unemployment upon them (or what else is the DWP with Workfare and Jobcentres doing by all this cruelty).

    The elderly will be left on this cruel benefits regime, getting little or nothing just like every else, from the con that is the flat rate pension hitting people with retirement age on and from 6 April 2016 next year. See why, under my petition, in my WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT section, at:
    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/state-pension-at-60-now

    Chris

    January 29, 2015 at 5:19 am

  42. Has anyone noticed job advertisements on Universal Jobmatch now including an employer reference for an old style job reference code (i.e. ISF/12345)? I have noticed this happening and curious whether these are real jobs or someone just spinning old historical jobs to add numbers?

    Universal Jobmatch

    February 3, 2015 at 11:06 am


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