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350 Psychologists to Monitor and Give Therapy to Claimants in Job Centres.

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Mental health services in exchange for job seeking.

IAPT ( Improving Access to Psychological Therapies ) workers in 350 Jobcentres.

The medical journal Pulse reported this in March.

Chancellor George Osborne has promised to co-locate Improving Access to Psychological Therapies therapists in 350 job centres as part of his final Budget before the election.

The therapists will be put in place from summer 2015 to provide ‘employment and mental health support to claimants with common mental health conditions’, the Budget documents stated.

Ian Couling made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Health

(10 April 2015)

Starting from early 2016, the government will provide online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to 40,000 Employment and Support Allowance and Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants and individuals being supported by Fit for Work. From summer 2015, the government will also begin to co-locate Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) therapists in over 350 Jobcentres, to provide integrated employment and mental health support to claimants with common mental health conditions.
http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2…

From What do they Know.

There has been serious discussion of this move on this forum:

Pros
– Mental health problems and poverty are linked and can be targeted together: Lambeth is one of the poorest boroughs and has one of the highest incidence of mental health issues. Reaching out to and supporting people with mental health problems will help them back into work and this will improve recovery rates.

– Any spending on mental health is positive: When reorganised in 2010, Mental Health Services in Lambeth had an immediate 50% funding cut with an extra 5% cut each year for the next 5 years with the emphasis on spending on IAPT. SLaM pre-2012 had 4 floors of a wing in St Thomas’ Hospital an by mid-2012 it was half the basement of the same wing. Any spending on mental health in the borough is welcome.

Cons
– Job centres often now have many security staff. People with mental health problems may be put off from engaging and/or claiming benefits by the atmosphere generated by this.
“To anyone more paranoid than me going for CBT or any other treatment in Brixton Job Centre would be not much different from going to Brixton Police Station.”

– This has been instated without community consultation which often has applied to issues surrounding planning, regeneration, libraries, local environmental improvements.
“Why can’t we be consulted about our views on mental health services?”

– There is a potential conflict of interest for DWP to fund CBT practitioners in job centres: it will impact on confidentality with information likely to be shared with other government departments that may not have clients best interests at heart.

– A pre-requisite for psychotherapy and building a therapeutic alliance is that clients feel they than talk openly in an environment that is not judgemental or based on a goal set from outside (aligned with interests of DWP).
“I would not want to go to the job centre. The staff at the job centres treat you like you have done something wrong, they are useless when it comes to helping you find work and are just there to process you through their systems. Crossing mental health services with the job centre seems to be more about getting more people back to work than helping the recovery of those with mental health issues.”

– CBT is a form of therapy which locates problems in the individual rather than systemically. In a context of Austerity measures and zero-hour job contracts, does this lead to a re-framing of ideas around the self and responsibility around stoically (passively?) responding to what may be very unjust social and working practices?
“Do politicians really care about mental health anyway?
CBT is ideal therapy from a politicians point of view:
1. It can easily be time limited (12 weekly sessions or some such)
2. It is measurable – as the treatment involves repeated filling in of a Beck Inventory or variant.
3. It is in effect a form of brain-washing designed to change a negative attitude into a positive one.
Obvious fit for a Job Centre I would have thought.”

– Is CBT in job centres going to be offered solely to people on benefits or will it also be provided to people not claiming benefits? Ian Duncan Smith has talked a lot about helping to get people off benefit by cutting it off. It is unknown whether CBT will therefore be an exercise in acting coercively towards people identified with having mental health problems but unwilling to engage in CBT (e.g. avoiding completing homework). Also, it is unsure whether improvements in outcomes may be conflated with being healthy enough to engage in work (with the possible threat of having benefits cut off). This threat of coercive influence appears to go against the BPS code of ethics.
“I would have thought that doing therapy in the Job Centre would be very threatening to people on benefit, but otherwise not so much. But I very much doubt they would be offering therapy to non-claimants in the job centres.”

– St Thomas’ Hospital is one of the few places alternatives to CBT is offered (e.g. CAT and other forms of psychotherapy). Provision of this is decided during the initial discussion one has with one of the therapists there. This appears more ethically sound as it takes clients’ opinions into consideration & offers choice vs solely offering CBT with its encroachment into Job Centres.

Now this scheme is being implemented. 

Boycott Workfare states,

Mental health services in exchange for job seeking

Streatham Job Centre will be the first of 10 pilot sites to bring CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) into JobCentres.  And the opening of Lambeth ‘Living Well Hub’ for Community Mental Health Services in the same building is planned for Monday 29th June.

As the Mental Health Resistance Network has pointed out, these together amount to an extension of the coercive powers of the 1983 Mental Health Act, with psychologists pressured to act as state enforcers and claimants potentially subject to sanctions for refusing therapy.

Whereas at present people can only be forced into “treatment” under in-patient Sections of this Act or by Community Treatment Orders, making welfare benefits and by extension housing conditional on agreeing to psychological treatment broadens the principle of compulsion.

The psychological coercion and manipulation that claimants face are inspiring a strong and growing fight back. In the face of widespread press and social media coverage, the British Psychological Society has finally made a statement ‘expressing concern‘ (it’s only taken them 18 months).  We’re still waiting for an enquiry.

Join the protest at Streatham JobCentre Friday 26th June: Meet at 1.30pm Streatham Memorial Gardens, Streatham High Road/Streatham Common North, London SW16. The Facebook event is here.

Have a look at these blogs and press reports for more information.

BBC

The Conversation

Kitty Jones

Independent

The link to an academic paper by two members of Boycott Workfare is here

And come along to the BW social after the austerity march on Saturday 20th June!  6pm at the Old Fire Station, Holloway.

 

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  1. This is enough to drive you into a life-time of therapy:

    “My very first article last year was about a Manchester jobseeker who I referred to as “Pam”. She had her benefits threatened if she didn’t withdraw from her part time college course, which following jobcentre guidelines she should have been entitled to do alongside her search for employment. Following the article, her benefits were stopped, but eventually reinstated after a successful appeal. However since then Pam was inundated with appointments from the Jobcentre, which coincided with the two days in which she needed to be at college.

    The college were understanding about this and tried to help her as much as they could. Eventually Pam had to settle for a lower qualification and leave college sooner than she had planned as she was too behind and unable to catch up, even with the full support of her college.

    More recently, she has been made to attend the jobcentre every weekday and is constantly told that she is going to be put on a work placement. This is where they place a jobseeker in a workplace, except there is no payment for this. The only incentive is being allowed to keep receiving benefits and this work placement could be for any number of hours and as many as full time. Pam has accepted this will happen and hopes that she will be placed somewhere where she can gain relevant experience. While she waits for this placement to materialise, she is looking for paid work and voluntary work in areas which interest her. This has only seemed to agitate the advisor who Pam sees at her regular jobcentre appointments. The advisor has told Pam the work placement has to come first.

    Things came to a head this week when Pam asked permission to attend a job fair in order to meet with prospective employers and hopefully secure a paid job. The job fair coincides with the time she has to be at the jobcentre. She was told by her advisor at the jobcentre that her work placement has to come first. Pam pointed out that she hadn’t actually received a start date or location for a work placement yet. Her advisors response was to tell her not to be disrespectful and then to proceed to grab the attention of the jobcentre security staff, before asking Pam to leave. Pam left the jobcentre before security could remove her, but feels the actions of the jobcentre staff were extreme at best. From my dealings with Pam, she doesn’t appear to be a confrontational person and it is difficult to imagine that she could have behaved in such a way that deserved this treatment.

    Prevented from doing all she can to find paid work

    The fact that the jobcentre advisor is placing such great importance of Pam’s yet unconfirmed work placement over other forms of job search for real paid jobs seems to go against the agreement Pam was made to sign when she first made her claim for jobseeker’s allowance. The agreement lays out how many jobs she must apply for each week and steps she must take in order to improve her chances of securing employment. It includes writing to, phoning and visiting a certain number of employers. However the limitations that the job centre are placing on Pam are interfering with her job search and she is being prevented from taking all the opportunities available to give her best chance of finding employment. Surely in a time where it’s harder to get work, those who are actively looking should be encouraged.”

    http://uk.blastingnews.com/manchester/2015/06/when-the-jobcentre-won-t-help-jobseekers-find-paid-work-00420705.html

    Andrew Coates

    June 15, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    • Keeping billions of people poor.

      enigma

      June 15, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    • I don’t know if you remember Andrew but I covered this subject quite a while back yet as is so often the case it got ignored by most. For a long time now claimants are made to sign a contract detailing they will give up any course should an opportunity arise to gain employment. If they don’t agree to this, there benefit is stopped. Also if you didn’t know, its a sanctionable offence (failure to notify a change in circumstance) to take on a course without DWP approval.

      What’s made this worse over recent years is the coalition took away concessions and replaced it with the advanced learners loan. DWP cant say they don’t know this yet never once changed this contract meaning not only does a claimant have to except what I mentioned but also must now except the debt there left with that cant be cancelled.

      You may have seen on DWP desk screens (used to segregate desks or desk ends near the public for interests of privacy) or posters with a claimant saying, “can I train, yes you can”. Well It should have ended with a big BUT in capitals as that’s the plan truth.

      If you’ve ever been fortunate to see this agreement your particularly like where it asks the claimant to see if they can rearrange the course attendance times like that’s ever going to happen when you factor college courses are only designed around the amount wanting the course so only gets extended to other times to fill the void and not as DWP might presume possible all on the account of one individual. Also worthy of note is that to be eligible for a qualification, a student must attend at least 80% of the classes.

      Its clear without reserve DWP don’t want unemployed people to retrain in a manner that best suits them and the country regarding our serious skill shortages and thus leaves us with pitiful and meaningless courses often only lasting weeks that within themselves don’t really offer anything that helps towards gaining employment trade wise and certainly even in the work based schemes side doesn’t present any real work experience that employers are willing to acknowledge. Also the trades that are on offer through DWP are all already over saturated with employees so is hardly suffering from a skills shortage.

      When it comes to addressing this countries serious skill shortages, this government has run a policy thats like running a car on a flat tyre, yeh it will move but ultimately will cause more damage on the long run.

      In business you invest to make gains so isn’t it time this government invested in the unemployed to plug these critical shortages rather than relying on generations to come that seem to be shying away from such trades ?

      gaia

      June 16, 2015 at 11:30 am

      • We can go around if the tories like seeing 1500 people attending a single interview day in and out, they can even get claimants to jobsearch 24/7 if they like but ultimately this wont reduce the queues of unemployed long term and or with issues waiting for there turn to be top of the employers pile, especially while the working or recently unemployed keep trumping them at every turn.

        They recently asked students why they don’t by far and large hold a part time job while studying, the common theme it appears and substantiates the claim by others is that for many that do eventually get lucky, its often about a year before it happens which is mathematically proven once the maths is done.

        gaia

        June 16, 2015 at 11:51 am

    • Psych therapy is “entirely voluntary“ https://twitter.com/refuted/status/615967818756919296

      4ofHearts

      July 3, 2015 at 8:39 am

  2. Reblogged this on nearlydead.

    nearlydead

    June 15, 2015 at 3:42 pm

  3. Exclusive Identifiable information from GP records will be shared without patient permission under a new local care.data-style scheme to intervene in the care of ‘high cost individuals’.

    Pulse has learnt that NHS Southend CCG hopes to start extracting identifiable data from GP records next month, with the aim of identifying ‘high cost’ patients and reviewing their care.

    http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/your-practice/practice-topics/it/gp-records-to-be-shared-without-patient-permission-to-tackle-high-cost-patients/20010180.article#.VX8GY2dFBH0

    enigma

    June 15, 2015 at 5:14 pm

  4. Cognitive behavioural therapy in jobcentres is just yet another target driven plan, it won’t be the last, as we all know.

    enigma

    June 15, 2015 at 8:01 pm

  5. Reblogged this on Benefit tales.

    argotina1

    June 15, 2015 at 8:10 pm

  6. Pilot areas are still being considered for co-location with IAPT services, and will be
    announced when they are confirmed.

    No areas are yet confirmed for early access to supported online CBT.

    IAPT services co-located in Jobcentres will be administered by the NHS or those
    contracted to work on behalf of the NHS.

    The procurement process for providers of supported online CBT is still at an early stage.
    Providers will be named when that process has been completed. The contract will be
    administered by the Department for Work and Pensions.

    IAPT therapists are trained to provide NICE approved and evidence based
    psychological therapies to treat people with depression and anxiety disorders. The
    training is based around competency frameworks produced by the programme. All IAPT
    training courses are accredited by the relevant professional body. The following
    qualifications are required to practice within IAPT services:

    Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) (Step 2 practitioner): IAPT PWP training
    course accredited by British Psychological Society (BPS).
    High Intensity Therapist (HIT) (Step 3 practitioner) will be qualified in at least one of
    the following:

    CBT HIT training accredited by BABCP
    Counselling for Depression accredited by BACP
    Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) accredited by British
    Psychoanalytic Council
    Interpersonal Psychotherapy accredited by IPTUK
    Couples Therapy for Depression accredited by British Society of Couple
    Psychotherapists and Counsellors.

    Information about the entry qualifications and training required for therapists in IAPT
    services is available at http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/explore-by-career/psychological-
    therapies/careers-in-psychological-therapies/high-intensity-therapist/; and

    http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/explore-by-career/psychological-therapies/careers-in-
    psychological-therapies/psychological-wellbeing-practitioner/

    Given that confidential space to deliver therapy is available in Jobcentre Plus premises,
    IAPT services will be conducting assessments and face-to-face therapy sessions in
    Jobcentres, in the same way that they are provided in other community settings.

    Supported online CBT will be conducted through computers via instant messaging and
    video communication tools, and via telephone.

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/269935/response/664396/attach/html/2/FoI%202137%20reply.pdf.html

    enigma

    June 15, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    • Search IAPT for “code of conduct” = No results

      Search IAPT for “ethics” = No results

      Never mind the gmc or nmc their quacks aren’t even regulated by the hpc. They are NOT ‘healthcare professionals’ (even worse than atos)

      but –
      http://www.babcp.com/files/About/BABCP-Standards-of-Conduct-Performance-and-Ethics.pdf
      lol, yeah right

      Even if this isn’t about fraud by abuse of position and fraud by misrepresentation for the DWP…
      then it’s about using fake ‘therapy’ to steal peoples Private Lives (see Human Rights – Right to a Private Life) and publish their version of it all on nhs jimmy savile memorial porn and grooming sites….
      nhs quacks did that to me, even their f*****g receptionists can and have hacked into and stolen my private life… and none of them are in prison yet.

      YOUR DUTIES AS A MEMBER OF BABCP
      3. You must respect the confidentiality of service users
      10. You must get informed consent to give treatment

      rrrrrreally? So what is all this then?—- http://www.iapt.nhs.uk/silo/files/data-set-v15.pdf

      PhobosandDeimos

      June 18, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      • I have put the links on the latest post. as you’ll see,

        enigma

        June 18, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      • There’s more info on what free porn the iapt is supplying to the NHS Jimmy Savile Fan Club here –

        http://www.iapt.nhs.uk/data/

        PhobosandDeimos

        June 20, 2015 at 3:37 pm

  7. How about introducing a mental health patient to a top hotel to be a kitchen porter
    ha ha.
    Its pea brained jobcentre advisors that need behaviurial therapy.

    Tony Montana

    June 16, 2015 at 5:51 am

  8. Cognitive behaviour is how the brain processes signals.

    The likes of Darren Brown use it for parlour tricks but what is more important is what this form of treatment implies and what it is exactly DWP and minister alike hope to gain from it.

    If there’s one thing that triggers stress and depression its unemployment, work and being able to afford to live. So with such situations still being the case after treatment its hard to imagine how a person wont just slip back and that’s assuming if at all CBT can do anything against a symptom that’s constantly present during treatment and thus constantly reaffirming itself over and beyond.

    Next are DWP insinuating this treatment is reserved only for claimants declaring a mental illness or will it go beyond treatment with the addition of diagnoses. What I mean is, will DWP advisors be given the opportunity to suspect any claimant of a possible illness even though undeclared and so issue a jobseekers direction ordering they get diagnosed or face sanctions.

    If it is for only those that declare then what’s to stop mental health issues going unreported when making a claim which can also be said about drug and alcohol treatments should they get introduced. There’s no timeline to illness so its not impossible to be ill while at work yet not so when not working if the work was the cause of it. No employer is going to say they sacked someone because there mental or have an addiction, that’s liable country, a place employers constantly avoid treading into and that’s assuming you ever told them.

    Another concern is how willing are DWP to stand by this treatment, for example will they be proud you mentioned such treatments at say an interview to reassure potential employers as its not like they cant get hold of your medical records and often forms a part of an employment contract. Its already common practice for DWP advisors to attempt to sanction claimants for being honest where its liable to negatively effect there chances of gaining employment so if practiced in this case would send out clear mixed signals on the treatments if they on one hand they insist on the treatment yet on the other don’t want you mention you had it.

    There’s this saying, “that the first step to healing is recognising and admitting you have a problem” but what good can come from that if we merely replace it with a form of denial ?

    (Denial for the record is also seen as a form of mental illness by so called experts so would logically see us treat people like heron addicts by way of replacing one problem with another in the short term).

    gaia

    June 16, 2015 at 10:50 am

    • There’s no timelines to illness exactly gaia!!
      It took 8 weeks signed off sick before I felt able to go back to work and it was conditions at work (bouncing pay cheques, daily sexual harassment at work) that saw me signed off stressed in first place!! I always intended to go back to work. I just needed time to re group my energy and get my migraine back under control. Compulsory CBT as part of my recovery would have filled me with dread!!!

      kat rehman

      June 19, 2015 at 8:54 am

  9. CHARLOTTE HUGHES uncovers the appalling story of a young mother punished for avoiding a violent partner, and exposes the tricks used to rob jobseekers of their rightful benefits.

    I REGULARLY campaign outside my local jobcentre in Tameside against benefit sanctions, and at a recent demonstration I was approached by a young woman who had a baby with her.

    She was clearly distressed and she had a very sore black eye. I asked her what was wrong. She was a bag of nerves. She went on to tell me that she had just escaped from the clutches of her very violent boyfriend.

    The police had to rescue her from her home. She left with her baby, his clothes and the pram. She was shaking.

    She is now staying at the local women’s refuge, a haven for women escaping violence.

    She should be able to recover now, you would think. But she couldn’t.

    She went on to explain that she had previously been attending a jobcentre in another town and was supposed to attend an interview at that jobcentre.

    She couldn’t attend. Why? Because it’s the town where her ex-partner lives and she has to keep away due to the risk of violence to her and her baby.

    She did the right thing and phoned the jobcentre, and they agreed on the phone that she didn’t have to attend — but they stopped her money.

    She phoned the Department for Work and Pensions on their expensive number and it informed her that she had been sanctioned because she didn’t attend.

    So that is why she was at my local jobcentre that day. She wanted advice.

    I gave her some advice and a leaflet and she went inside the jobcentre.

    I was shocked. The poor woman has gone through hell and is now paying the price for escaping. I hope that she is OK and manages to heal.

    Continues……..

    Morning Star: http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-e80e-Beaten,-abused,-and-then-sanctioned#.VUvffVEpLlc

    Andrew Coates

    June 16, 2015 at 11:42 am

  10. New buzz word people being banded about by politicians.

    Its called being liberally democratic.

    If your not sharp enough to see this, it means being liberal by means of majority consensus.

    This would mean rather than all globally being acceptant as a whole to respect or accept behaviour or opinions different from one’s own; open to new ideas that such a practice would instead be based on what the majority of the public think it should be, a pretty useful political tool if politicians are allowed to get away with it that is.

    Being tolerant of another’s practices and beliefs is an inalienable right yet it appears governments think they can get around it by kidding the public to accept being democratic about it which im sorry to say is just another excuse to turn it into a dictatorship and hide behind the fact this is what the public believe and support rather than the common and very realistic theme of this is what they think based on machinations followed by insinuations handed out by the government of the day.

    This wording or attempt to bring into play is precisely what’s on the cards if the public allow government to redefine the humans rights act which this is firmly apart of.

    No one person or persons of only one point or origin should be able to decide on the inalienable freedoms of man, it must be global to the entire human species.

    gaia

    June 16, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    • Just chatting this over with others and a question has appeared.

      Can you truly be liberal if your democratic about it ?

      What is meant is if one who’s out voted continues with what they believe and thus ignores consensus, can those that are democratically liberal and gained the majority vote still be seen to be truly liberal if they frown and oppose upon it ?

      gaia

      June 16, 2015 at 2:02 pm

  11. I hate to say it and say it with a sound mind but as everyday passes I see why so many people take there own lives these days.

    Our way of life and what we are becoming as a race has become awful. Its filled with lies and insinuations often built on little to no hard solid evidence. You’ve only got to look at some polls to see people base belief of opinion over fact when declaring what they think they know or should.

    If it isn’t bad enough the government treat people badly, it only gets worse when the public do likewise based on what a government has insinuated, even as it appears healthcare persons at hospitals are reported to have been badly letting down patients with issues. So with no respite where is one expected to turn beyond removing oneself from this mortal coil. In a country now built on no redress, do as your told or suffer, the only alternative is death or as I like to see it, removing oneself from the situation so its a situation nolonger.

    gaia

    June 16, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    • It is understandable why people no longer want to carry on living in this society, or any other around the world where people are treated the way they are.

      enigma

      June 16, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    • What annoys me enigma is that I should be able to give people reasons why not to instead of saying you know what, I can see why. It pains me to be unable to paint a picture of real genuine hope and change in the face of people who’ve simply given up.

      gaia

      June 16, 2015 at 4:05 pm

  12. The jobcentre causes the stress by always threatening to leave you to starve, and then are surprised that the poorest areas have high mental health problem rates.

    Stress causes psychological stress disorder, and onwards to such as clinical depression.

    All this amazingly daft jobcentre cruelty. Where the ‘inmates’ forced into unpaid labour.

    Because it is obvious now that the jobcentre is a means to enslave the unemployed into workfare.

    Workfare that destroys low waged jobs.

    Why would a firm pay wages, pay National Insurnace and pay PAYE tax, when they can have a worker for free.

    Low waged jobs are out of the welfare state and state pension system, as below the LOWER EARNINGS LEVEL, anyway.

    With the rise in retirement age and the con that is the flat rate pension that is a CUT to the basic state pension or loss altogether, together with a loss of pensioner benefit, this means through low wages or sanctions, their NI credit history is hit.

    An NI credit history that is used to wipe out their state pension, with no top up nor pension credit from next year.

    We face a tidal wave of young or old that are cashless and homeless.

    That is the changes to social housing (the majority going to poor pensioners and working poor) and to benefit.

    So now the government is hiring all these shrinks and employing more and more sanciton decision makers.

    This is the workhouse scenario, where huge buildings and staffing funded, when it would have been cheaper just to give free food and social housing.

    http://www.theswansnewparty.org.uk

    Chris

    June 16, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    • As long as claimants go slow when on placement, act clumsy and say they don’t remember when it comes to anything concerning the employer of the placement, all this placement business will end up in the bin as people like that are no help and infact cost time and money, something no employer entertains.

      In no agreement can it be stated you are competent in the trade relating to your placement not to mention so as to skirt employment law the placement must be of training primarily which in itself establishes fact your not viewed as competent.

      Don’t get me wrong, I believe placements can be an incredibly useful tool for all but alas this will not be while DWP use it as a means to clear books and employers as a form of cheap labour. The placement system under the guise of DWP in particular though is the worst as it severely lacks diversity and goes absolutely in no way to attempt to address our countries current and very discerning skills shortage.

      gaia

      June 16, 2015 at 3:57 pm

  13. Ipswich Jobcentre now has free Wifi.

    Ultra-modern technology next to Victorian squalor.

    Andrew Coates

    June 16, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    • All jobcentres are being kitted out with free wi-fi. Anyway, it’s not like you can sit in the jobcentre all day surfing the net. And, no doubt the only site you will be able to access is universal job match.

      WiFi

      June 16, 2015 at 10:01 pm

  14. Hi.This site has been great in giving out info-especially when dealing with the continuous Human Rights violating DWP.THe matter about the Electronic signing was great.Though, do anyone have the names of Solicitors Firms, who can prosecute the DWP?I keep hearing of the High Court Judgements, that people take out against the DWP, but who are their Solicitors/Barristers?Please let me know.Thanks

    mike azur

    June 16, 2015 at 4:23 pm

  15. E-signing. JCP staff guidance.

    Should the claimant write anything other than their signature it is
    deemed to be unacceptable. You should refer to the Unacceptable Customer
    Behaviour guidance.

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/271396/response/663852/attach/html/4/User%20Guidance%20for%20Jobcentres.pdf.html

    enigma

    June 16, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    • Claimants, who sign with a mark, for example an ‘x’, are able to use SCS. No
      additional action is required for verification as the biometric software within the SCS
      system will perform this check

      enigma

      June 16, 2015 at 7:57 pm

  16. Child benefit should be SCRAPPED and disability benefits taxed says ex-adviser to Iain Duncan Smith.

    Charlotte Pickles – who helped design hated measures like the bedroom tax – says the plan could achieve half of the Tories’ £12bn welfare cuts

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/child-benefit-should-scrapped-disability-5895778

    enigma

    June 17, 2015 at 9:02 am

    • It should be scrapped though!! Child benefit is outdated and archaic, goes to way too many families who just don’t need it. Besides, you are either going to ‘reform’ welfare properly or not at all; no point on doing it in a half-arsed manner. The poor have already taken their share of the cuts; time for the middle-classes to shoulder their share. IDS should be supported on this one.

      Jools

      June 17, 2015 at 11:15 am

      • It would be a master-stroke on Osborne’s part if he were to scrap child benefit. Up until now all the cuts from welfare reforms have fallen on the poor; and can rightly be seen as being an ideologically driven attack on the poor. Scrapping child benefit which would impact heavily on the middle-classes would give Osborne to opportunity to present welfare reform as ‘fair’ and for the greater good- after all, “we are all in it together”. Go on George – just do it!

        Toots

        June 17, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      • All those who agree with it have always said the welfare reform was fair, all in it together – nonsense.

        enigma

        June 17, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      • Many people who don’t have kids would obviously agree with the scrapping of child benefit, meanwhile myself I don’t have kids and don’t agree with the scrapping of it.

        enigma

        June 17, 2015 at 1:16 pm

  17. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

    A6er

    June 17, 2015 at 9:34 am

  18. TUC analysis published today (Tuesday) has found that underemployment – people who have fewer hours of work than they want – remains nearly a million higher than before the financial crisis.

    The TUC analysis looks at the true scale of the problem by inclusion of all types of underemployment. It looks at how many workers across the economy want more hours in their existing jobs as well as the regularly published measure of the number of workers in part-time jobs who want to work full-time.

    https://www.tuc.org.uk/economic-issues/labour-market-and-economic-reports/labour-market/high-underemployment-means-full

    enigma

    June 17, 2015 at 10:33 am

  19. Downing Street accused of deliberate attempt to avoid freedom of information requests as ex-staff reveal ‘dysfunctional’ automated deletion system.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/downing-st-accused-of-deliberate-attempts-to-avoid-freedom-of-information-requests-as-exstaff-reveal-automated-deletion-system-10325231.html

    enigma

    June 17, 2015 at 11:51 am

  20. Statement from BACP. Basically it is unethical to divulge ANY info…http://www.bacp.co.uk/media/index.php?newsId=3742

    Kayess

    June 18, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    • That includes whether or not anyone turns up.

      Kayess

      June 18, 2015 at 10:31 pm

  21. CBT IAPT “entirely voluntary“ https://twitter.com/refuted/status/615967818756919296

    4ofHearts

    July 3, 2015 at 8:37 am

  22. […] appears to be positioning ‘therapy’ at the centre of the benefit sanctions regime. They are placing therapists in 350 job centres around the country. Already people are told they will lose their benefits if they refuse therapy. […]

  23. The best punishment for jobseekers is to send them to battersea power station for labouring work Managed by eastern europeans.
    There are plenty of labouring jobs there,poor working conditions,30 min break per 10 hour shift,10 min to walk to the dirty canteen and ten back.
    You get shouted at in romanian , you dont dare ask question you get shouted at again,
    To add insult to injury your pay at the end of the week is not paid into your account ,you are now fighting for your pay.
    Battersea power station is ideal for zero hrs contract, working poor.
    It is basicalily an open prison.
    This place is where the uk slave trade starts.

    Tony Montana

    October 29, 2015 at 3:44 am


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