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Benefit Sanction Changes.

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It is hard to tell what this means, and given the far-right paper that publishes it many will be sceptical.

DWP halts benefit sanction plans due to Covid – Universal Credit claimants to be affected

UNIVERSAL credit and other benefit claimants are required to follow certain rules when getting their support and if these rules aren’t followed, sanctions can be issued. These sanctions could reduce or even hold benefit payment amounts and today, the DWP addressed how the sanction system may change going forward.

This could also impact other state benefits and recently, the Government was pushed on potential changes to the sanction system.

Chris Stephens, the Scottish National Party MP for Glasgow South West, recently asked the following question in Parliament: “To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress her Department has made on plans to roll out yellow card warnings in place of immediate benefit sanctions.”

Today, this question was answered by Mims Davies, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the DWP.

She said: “The Department committed to look at processes to give claimants a written warning, instead of a sanction, for a first sanctionable failure to attend a Work-Search Review.

Written by Andrew Coates

June 12, 2021 at 12:31 pm

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  1. What is a “Work Search Review”? How does that differ from a signing appointment? Do you still get Sanctioned for attending a Work Search Review but with no ‘work search’ to show them?


    June 12, 2021 at 12:35 pm

  2. Why not just drop the whole thing? Abandon the pretence, end the charade, stop asking to see jobsearch evidence (or “Work Search”, as they seem to be now calling it all of a sudden). Introduce annual signing, either online or by return of postal declaration form. Continue to pay Benefits automatically.


    June 12, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    • @trev- Absolutely agree Trev. The whole jobcentre-based system is nothing but an expensive farce. The sooner we move over to Universal Basic Income, the better.

      Jeff Smith

      June 12, 2021 at 1:38 pm

  3. Does Covid have a time limit !!! So why does DWP Sanctions have a time limit. Sanctions are a Human Rights Breech & are illegal in Human Rights. So the only way the DWP are not breaking Human Rights Laws on Sanctions is when there is Covid. All in all Universal Credit & the DWP are breaking Human Rights Laws.

    How is the UK’s Brexit UK Bill Of Rights to supersede the universal Human Rights Laws !!! Until then the Tories & DWP are Human Rights Criminals.

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    June 12, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    • Yellow Card Warning = £ strikes & Sanctioned, so the DWP can’t stop breaking the Human Rights of people.

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      June 12, 2021 at 1:16 pm

  4. It sounds to me the DWP are introducing sanctions on all DWP Benefits. 3 Strikes & out.

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    June 12, 2021 at 1:17 pm

  5. Does that mean the claimant commitment needs to be re-written & signed !!! It is not the same claimant commitment terms as before.

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    June 12, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    • Since when has a Jobcentre appointment been called a “Work Search Review”? That’s a new one on me. I claim Jobseekers Allowance and have been labeled a “Jobseeker”, but now it seems I am a “Work Searcher”, presumably claiming the newly renamed Benefit WSA, Work Searchers Allowance, though I have had no Official notification to that effect.


      June 12, 2021 at 1:34 pm

      • @trev- I think it means those periodic interviews they used to call people in for, not on your actual signing-day. At least on JSA. Every few months, and you would have to bring work-search details along. But they stopped bothering with these years ago for legacy claimants. This is aimed at Universal Credit claimants, who can be called in regularly for these Work Search Interrogations, as a separate issue to their regular signing-on.

        Jeff Smith

        June 12, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    • The main point of a fortnightly appointment is the providing of a signature to say that you are looking for work, you haven’t done any work, and your circumstances haven’t changed. The often superficial inspection of jobsearch evidence is entirely superfluous but is combined into the one same appointment. Perhaps the above article is referring to something that takes place whilst claiming Universal Credit?


      June 12, 2021 at 1:40 pm

  6. If my Work Coach forgets to phone me again at the right time, I’m going to issue him with a Yellow Card !

    George M

    June 12, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    • When I was at Reed In Partnership I should have gave my advisor the red card, and he was pretty clueless about my disability about the type of work I was looking to do. I was unware I could change my advisor at any time. I met a former advisor from reed in partnership, when my job advisor referred me to another provider when I told her how many advisors I had, because most did not stop at reed, she was shocked.

      Had she been my advisor at reed or she stopped longer at the other provider she would have helped me find suitable paid work meeting my needs for my disability and what the employer wanted, even if the job was temporary


      June 12, 2021 at 8:54 pm

  7. I quote here from a short-story by H.P.Lovecraft. Called The Quest of Iranon, published in 1921.
    It is a satire on the Protestant Work Ethic, and concerns a city where people only think about work.

    ‘That night the men of Teloth lodged the stranger in a stable, and in the morning an archon came to him, and told him to go to the shop of Athok the cobbler, and be apprenticed to him.
    ”But I am Iranon, singer of songs,” he said ”and have no heart for the cobbler’s trade.”
    ”All in Treloth must toil”, replied the archon, ”for that is the law.”

    Jeff Smith

    June 12, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    • I am a great fan of H.P. Lovecraft’s stories and novesl ,(not his politics!…)

      “That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die.”

      Andrew Coates

      June 12, 2021 at 9:40 pm

  8. The DWP are going the rename ‘Sanctions’ to ‘Non Motivated Rule Breakers’.

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    June 12, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    • Are the DWP going to be renamed as the British Genocide Department (BGD) !!!

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      June 12, 2021 at 2:31 pm

  9. The problem with the sanction system is it acts in a manner as though youve just been given a custodial sentence by a kangaroo court that has yet to sit.
    Its bizarre no one has ever questioned how a person sanctioned would actually be better off in a prison, how that person without any reliance on foodbanks or soup kitchens (ie publics own money) would be expected to eat and drink daily until the term of sanction is up.

    Its very hard to see how essentially gambling the cost of a prison place does not result in actually such or worst still a cost towards the NHS. How often do you see a recently sanctioned person get offered a place of employment and a loan by an employer to tied them over till their monthly pay date.

    An effective sanction would work far better if it was a short sharp shock that worked on the basis of chipping away at a benefit proportional to the time span of the alleged offense itself. For instance once proven beyond all doubt lets say arriving late for a signing on date without good reason, that person would be awarded only a sanction for that day and not the entire week/ there after.

    Or what would arguably be a far far better solution, the same prior solution just offered but instead of withdrawing any benefit, the person serves a form of community service in its place with if required travel costs added to their benefit dependent of location of said service.

    If its all about installing the right work ethics and the following of contractual rules then what better way is there to achieve this than making the penalty one of elbow grease rather than pending dehydration and starvation.

    Its a win win for everybody without any conceding.


    June 13, 2021 at 9:38 am

    • “the right work ethics…”

      If work is so great why don’t the rich do it?


      June 13, 2021 at 11:17 am

  10. The problem with the DWP is that they are forcing people into work. Forcing them to do cheap labour jobs that they don’t want to do. If there was better work on offer, decently paid, you wouldn’t need all these sanctions.

    George M

    June 13, 2021 at 10:56 am

    • Most of us probably won’t be attending the jobcentre for quite some time by the looks of things…

      Covid-19: ‘We will have a substantial third wave’

      “A Sage government adviser says we will have a substantial third wave, and opening up too soon would lead to an increase of infections.

      Professor Andrew Hayward told Andrew Marr: “If we were to open up more that will just really fan the flames, and lead to this increasing even faster”.

      He said a single dose of Covid-19 vaccine only reduces the risk of infection by about a third.”



      June 13, 2021 at 11:38 am

      • and yet i did say this months ago another lock down based on cases so that the government can get another 6 months of emergency powers ready in September until march next year and get the full 2 years that they wanted in the first place.

        so it will never end until all the testing centers are gone and went past our local one about a hour ago and not 1 person in there bar loads of staff and security walking round with nothing to do lol.


        June 13, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    • The DWP does not and never has prohibited a person for applying to any job. Ultimately the claimant applies to a given job requisite to their experience and qualifications.
      If a person lacks either then its only natural a low paid job is what they will have to apply for as it is natural often a more experienced and qualified person will have to apply for a job less than what they are use to.
      Its actually harder by any means including a claimants wiliness to get a low paid job when they are over qualified.
      A claimant agrees to apply to any job they can be reasonably expected to carry out so its the claimant that has contractually agreed to do such. Lets also not forget its the employers choice and that DWP have zero sway over that..

      If a person wants a future then its up to them to carve out one brick by brick as welfare is only designed to support at the lowest level. Its also worth mentioning UC (not legacy) is a non taxable benefit.


      June 13, 2021 at 9:21 pm

      • I saw a woman get sanctioned for applying for a part time cleaning job in Hartlepool when she lived in Bradford. She obviously wasn’t computer literate and didn’t understand about filtering search results. They sanctioned her just the same.


        June 13, 2021 at 10:03 pm

      • you have to apply for jobs within the travel distance rules so 1hr 30 mins each way tho if you have a car then this can be extended to a point but there is no point applying for jobs that will take 4,5,6hrs to travel to for a cleaning job will result in a sanction doubt as you did apply but could never do the job because of the distance and bang you are sanctioned with a ase doubt.

        and like doug said it is the employer’s choice to give you a job or not the dwp have no power over this so try to dump you on provision to hide the numbers its a fkn joke and they really do and police the system with sanction doubts guilty until proven innocent.

        so say i give reed my cv to apply for jobs for me its not going to work because i have been doing this for years so every employer and agency has got my cv already within travel distance so there not going to get a job outcome payment no matter what they do and will be parked with no cream this time round lol.


        June 13, 2021 at 10:28 pm

      • Spot the hidden working-class Tory @Doug ! There is no ”future” in being a minimum wage-slave. And part of the reason there are so many vacancies in these types of jobs, is that the game is up after people had a year off. They have looked round, seen how little they have had from their efforts, and now they don’t want to go back.

        George M

        June 14, 2021 at 11:32 am

      • @ I saw someone get sanctioned for missing the van transporting a group of us, from the Jobcentre. to a three-day provider course. He was coming in by rail, from a small town about 10 miles away, where their local Jobcentre had closed. He missed the van pickup because of a signal failure on the line, meaning he was two hours late. Despite rushing into the Jobcentre, as witnessed by a friend of mine. And begging for mercy, as it was not his fault. ( We had been warned not to miss the van pickup ).
        He was sanctioned, for 3 months !! Ended up in the foodbank, and still had to do days 2 & 3 of the course !!

        Jeff Smith

        June 14, 2021 at 11:44 am

      • For starters as you must be new on this block George M, i dont support any of our political ideological parties. Out of date practices i leave to those too lazy, too stupid to think for themselves.

        Getting into the point of my original post, no one owes anyone a living, thats not how businesses operate and never have. They use people when they need people and considering the growth of ad hoc due to short contracts and uncertain trade and trends in all industries, its only going to become more common place as time progresses.

        Ive been self employed most of my life (not currently) and ZHCs work no different. The longevity of a persons journey on this path if we put aside short hop contracts taken by the employer is really down to the ethics and efforts of the individual. Uber, Amazon, Deliveroo are prime examples of this in motion.
        Its does not take too many brain cells to perform either jobs so why other than choice should an employer feel the need to pay more than nat min when the laws says thats the lowest they can pay at.
        Saying that though the ZHC market is large enough to now see its employers have to compete with each other and why we are now seeing jobs at £10, £12, £13 plus per hour.

        As for people not going back to them, the vacancies are off the charts as both the likes of amazon and deliveroo have expanded their operations and now more people than ever are doing this sort of ad hoc work.

        This aside i advise people to take any work just to be able to escape DWPs consistent demands that fall to the dirt when your working even as low as 16 hours a week. You also get the luxury of saying i cant make that date, im working even if your not as they dont check while only having to deal with them over phone for just a few minutes (no work search required).

        If your going to use your head George then stop holding out like one day, just one day a perfectly paid job will come along. Get a job, show your worth something, a step above the others and things will improve over time.

        Or dont and still be here in another years time moaning about how unfair life is.

        The choice is yours as no one aint caring either way but yourself.


        June 14, 2021 at 6:01 pm

      • “Get a job”

        I’ve had lots of jobs over the years in various different industries/sectors but the majority of them have made my life far more miserable than being unemployed. To me, being unemployed is the lesser of two evils; the misery of poverty being preferable to the misery of work. Not that there is much choice where work is concerned, unless you want to work rotating shifts, or 12 hour shifts, in a “fast paced” environment that involves heavy lifting and spend up to 20 hours per week commuting by public transport in exchange for min. wage paid via an agency on a “permanent temporary” contract.


        June 14, 2021 at 6:27 pm

  11. Margaret Thatcher paved the way to where we are not with her Restart interviews and sundry programmes, followed by Blairite Labour pioneering the so-called “active welfare state” when private companies were first brought into welfare provision to assess and provide services, workfare was introduced, and a “something for something” system was envisaged to help members of the “workless classes” to make something of themselves, remain permanently engaged with the “world of work”, with supervision to ensure that they didn’t become moribund and passive recipients of benefits but exerted themselves to improve their situation insofar as “actively seeking work” and such like was concerned.


    This of course necessarily required policing, to ensure that everybody toed the line, penalties and sanctions being brought into the mix to punish those that didn’t. Failure to participate fully with the system could bring dire consequences for persons stepping out of line, or making an error, typified by the miserable £50.00 fine that Cameron government introduced for anybody who inadvertently made a mistake when claiming benefits from the state.


    Jobcentres pretty much ended helping people into work so busy were the invigilating the new system and enforcing the rules much more strictly as demanded by the DWP. And based on the number of unemployed people likely to appear after the jobs furlough ends next September the DWP, desperate to get the head count of the unemployed to fall steeply before the next general election, pressure on benefit claimants can only increase, especially once the move from legacy benefits to Universal Credit accelerates and the new harsher system begins to bite. And now that we are out of the EU and the matter of human rights has begun to be questioned I feel that there is even less chance that anything will improve as far as social justice and humanity in Britain’s social security is concerned for the foreseeable future – if not ever.


    June 13, 2021 at 11:35 am

  12. Reblogged this on Tory Britain! .


    June 13, 2021 at 2:35 pm

  13. Am I being given the runaround by Reed in Partnership?

    1. I sent this email to them last week:

    “Dear Sir or Madam,

    Please provide me with a copy of all personal data you hold on me.
    I also write to confirm that Reed in Partnership do not have my consent to share or process any of my personal data with its partners and/or sub-contractors at any time, either now or in the future.


    2. This is their reply:

    “Dear jj

    We have located your records and can see that you were registered on the DWP Pathways to Work programme. The DWP are classified as the Data Controller, and Reed in Partnership are the Data Processor. We have therefore forwarded your request to DWP on 11/06/2021 who will contact you directly and have a month to respond.
    Please find the DWP’s Personal Information Charter here for more information:

    Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
    Kind Regards

    Reed in Partnership”

    3. Reed sent this to the DWP:

    “Good Morning,

    Please find below Data Subject Request from the participant (registered on the programme in 2010) of the DWP Pathway Programme.
    Our system prohibits us from sending the national insurance numbers for our participants externally but if you require this information, please give us a call and we can provide this.
    We are looking forward to your response to whether the documents can be released to the participant.

    Kind Regards,
    Reed in Partnership”

    4. The DWP sent me this:

    “Dear jj,

    We are in receipt of your email which you sent to Reed in Partnership requesting information.  The Department for Work and Pensions are the data holder for the information you have requested. 
    In order for us to process your request we need to verify your identity.  Can you please complete and return the attached RARL2a or alternatively you can complete and submit a secure electronic form on line. The form can be found using the following link to the gov.uk website.

    kind regards

    jj joop

    June 13, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    • why are they still processing your data from 10 years ago? why do they still have it on record in the first place.

      if the dwp is the data controller then why are they demanding cvs to be sent direct to them if they are not the data controller makes no sense at all because not even the dwp can demand cvs to be kept on record.



      June 13, 2021 at 5:08 pm

      • Thanks for the link, ted. I will be making an enquiry / complaint about this. Not that it will go anywhere I suspect.

        jj joop

        June 14, 2021 at 7:52 am

  14. What I don’t get is as we have left the European Union how come the effing poverty pimps are still allowed to get their grubby paws on the European Social Fund – answers on a postcard please 🤡.


    June 13, 2021 at 5:00 pm

  15. My CV

    I spent 11 years uncovering & studying the genocide at the DWP.
    I have also spent many years studying DWP deaths.
    Also I am a qualified Human Rights Lawyer.

    Now reed employment have you got any Human Rights Vacancies or would you like to talk to the DWP at Caxton House Reed employment.

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    June 13, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    • Reed Employment will not accept my CV unless I change it & lie. That is called fraud Reed Employment to get me to lie on my CV. Pimp My CV At The DWP.

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      June 13, 2021 at 6:10 pm

      • Reed partnership, Remploy, Best Training, Action 4 employment, and one local independent for people who got disabilities have told me to lie on my cv . it has not helped me find employment.


        June 14, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    • Love it 💖.


      June 13, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    • Don’t forget the Degree you obtained from Universita di Perugia, and mention that you were there at the same time as Iain Duncan Smith.


      June 13, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    • I forgot to mention I have a PHD in Iain Duncan Smith if that helps on the cv Reed Employment, or is Reed passing the buck back to the DWP !!!!

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      June 14, 2021 at 10:06 am

  16. Let’s go digital, but avoid false promises

    A question keeps nagging away. What happens if a person really doesn’t think the Google initiative is for them, or they try but fail – will they lose the precious universal credit cash desperately needed to make ends meet?

    Most aspects of social security policy are reserved matters so expect the DWP scheme to be awkwardly shoehorned into Scotland’s digital efforts. It smacks of political jiggery-pokery, even massaging the unemployment figures – with 9,000 claimants “off the books” – to make it appear more people are “working” than is actually the case? The cyber jury is out on this one.



    June 13, 2021 at 8:27 pm

  17. Interesting programme on Channel 4 last night called The Anti-Vax Conspiracy. I was hoping it would help me understand how purportedly sane and balanced people could believe the garbage spewed out by fraudsters, liars, con men, lunatics and even struck off doctors, but didn’t because the Anti-Vax garbage was so obviously, blatantly, untrue I still can’t understand how anybody – ANYBODY! – in their right minds could give it credence.

    If you’ve got internet access check it out:


    Frightening hysterical insanity on a global scale and something the unaffected need to be aware of.


    June 14, 2021 at 8:06 am

  18. There are going to be millions of people committing suicide if & when there is a new full lockdown. Most of these will be on furlough because they can’t live with another lockdown & furlough. So the selfish suicide risk furlough people don’t realize they are being selfish & greedy with a me me me ego. That is the problem Boris Johnson has as a failed person, Prime Minister & human being as well as the fall of the Tory dictatorship without politics & elections.

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    June 14, 2021 at 10:19 am

  19. Is Boris Johnson going to be Britain’s worst Prime Minister taking the title from Michael Foot !!! Stay tuned because it is already a close race.

    I bet you Boris Johnson’s hair brush he don’t use it, that Michael Gove has 3 pairs of combat summer shorts & Priti Patel makes home made samosas.

    The Tories will see it as controversial on all levels within the Tory DWP Genocide added with the Tory Covid 19 Genocide of failure to control their failed Tory dictatorship with non stop Human Rights Abuses.

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    June 14, 2021 at 10:47 am

    • Michael Foot? He wasn’t PM ! He was Leader of the Labour party.


      June 14, 2021 at 12:36 pm

      • So Boris is the Worst Leader & Prime Minster hands down.

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        June 14, 2021 at 12:44 pm

  20. Does these new DWP Sanctions changes have anything to do with the Brexit UK Bill Of Rights which seems to have fallen by the way side with Justin Tomlinson’s Disability Strategy Government white & green paper !!!

    Do disabled people not apply to the UK Bills Of Rights & the Disability Strategy Government white & green paper !!! Which will mean disabled genocide promoted by the Tory Government.

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    June 14, 2021 at 11:15 am

    • I would like to charge the DWP & Tory Government for a Disability Hate Crime which will be the first that that Disability Hate Law has been used.

      The DWP say they are above the law & crime because it is politics.

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      June 14, 2021 at 11:17 am

      • Q. So where is the UK Bill Of Rights?
        A. In a Human Rights Abuse

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        June 14, 2021 at 11:19 am

  21. Where are the masks? Except for the two plebs in the background,and where is the two metres social distancing?


    June 14, 2021 at 11:48 am

  22. I’ve got to say I agree with George M. If you look round the people you know, those on benefits, and those on minimum wage, zero-hours jobs, how much difference in living standards is there really ?

    Unemployed: Money always a bit scarce, can’t go out as much as they’d like, probably don’t have their own transport.

    Minimum Wage Job, Zero-Hours: Money always scarce, amount not dependable. Can’t go out as much as they’d like. Perhaps have transport, but probably not. Early starts, difficult, stressful job. No security of employment.

    So where one asks, is the advantage ?

    Jeff Smith

    June 14, 2021 at 11:53 am

  23. Covid 19 & the variants are not a political issue like Human Rights is not a political issue.

    Covid 19 & DWP deaths are blood on the Tories hands.

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    June 14, 2021 at 12:46 pm

  24. Enter Britain’s lawless society.

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    June 14, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    • Send in the British Army & G4S because there is not enough police in the country.

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      June 14, 2021 at 12:48 pm

  25. Cloverleaf

    June 14, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    • I suppose that means the legacy claimants won’t get the £20 either ?

      George M

      June 14, 2021 at 4:03 pm

      • @ George

        That depends on the ruling of a High Court Judge, and on whether the Government are above the Law or not. We should find out in a few weeks time.


        June 14, 2021 at 4:24 pm

  26. superted

    June 14, 2021 at 4:10 pm

  27. We will normally try to contact prospective participants or partners a number of times and, if we are unable to do so or if an individual decides they are not interested in our services, their data will be deleted after 8 weeks.

    In the case of partners, we will also attempt to contact these individuals, however their data will be retained for two years from the time of collection. This is to keep our prospective partners aware of the work we are carrying out and to make them aware of any possible partnership opportunities. If a prospective partner decides they are no longer interested, then their data will be removed upon request.


    so why are they still processing data past the 2 year limit if the service is no longer being used so there braking there own rules and regulations what a surprise.


    June 14, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    • Just a thought but perhaps they send an email out reminding the data subject (as in you) of the data held and to email them if the data subject wishes to have it removed. If you dont reply then assumed consent kicks.


      June 14, 2021 at 5:18 pm

      • when applying for some jobs it does say they will hold my data for a time and then a few months later get a reminder email if i want to keep my data on there system or not and have it removed from there system if no reply is sent.

        but as this is reed then there just doing what they like and holding data for years on end there taking the piss tbh with the gdpr.


        June 14, 2021 at 5:29 pm

  28. @Doug : Don’t come on here peddling your second-hand working-class, Tory shit. It’s servile flat-cap morons like you, that keep the Tories in cheap labour workers !! No-one is saying anything about ”perfect” jobs. But people on here like Trev, Jeff and myself, are sick and tired of being used by a system that offers us nothing. If you want to be exploited Doug, and work your arse off in some shit-work 40 hours a week, you go right ahead. It will give you a chance to kiss some Tory arse while you are at it,

    George M

    June 14, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    • Personally I wouldn’t mind if I could find something that is rewarding in some way, or at least interesting or creative, or not too boring, depressing, stressful or arduous. Something stimulating and worthwhile, but I’ve no idea what that might be and I’ve never known. It’s too late now. Best I can hope for is to stay alive long enough to get my State Pension, and in the meantime try not to get Sanctioned.


      June 14, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    • well you better pull ur finger out your ass and start fighting back because when you are sent on the restart programme the quality of work does not matter only that it is 16hrs per week so they get there job outcome payment even if that means you doing 2 3 4 different jobs to make the hrs up to get said payments.

      if you give them a cv they will lie on it to push you in to any job they can and if you refuse then sanctions will follow as they will own ur ass and keep ur data forever if you dont do anything about it.

      if they use your cv to apply for a job for you and you say no to the interview or screw it up on purpose so you wont get the job prepare for massive kick back from the provider as you are stopping there profit as that is all you are to them.

      so if you give a 3rd party provider permission to process your personnel data then you are fucked do as your told or else.


      June 14, 2021 at 9:48 pm

      • I have a few tricks up my sleeve, rest assured, I’ve been claiming for a long time and have so far managed to avoid Sanctions or being forced into some shite job, even if it means doing another course/scheme or unpaid Work Placement in Poundstretcher or a charity shop, I just go along with it and keep my claim going, continue getting my Benefits and never get forced into signing off. And I have been unemployed for many years. I’ve also got my health problems to discourage any would-be employer, they don’t want people with Hernias or on Statins believe me, or Diabetics, arthritics, or Depressives, or people diagnosed with Personality Disorders.


        June 14, 2021 at 10:15 pm

      • trev if the providers like reed are demanding a cv it is only for one reason to apply for jobs for you like ujm was set up so your wc could apply for jobs for you and check up on the outcome but never got that far.

        you can not enter in to any contracts with these 3rd party providers even if it means logging in to use a online service with a email address, you need to remove your email from the dwp lms system asap! they can not say no as it is your data.

        they have been planing this for years and the key is a email address. and this will also be used when migration time comes and set you up with a uc online journal.



        June 14, 2021 at 10:34 pm

      • @trev – I have been diagnosed with a Personality Disorder of Iain Duncan Smith.

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        June 14, 2021 at 11:23 pm

  29. The NHS Data opt out – From what I understand is they will get data from the past 10 years anything before that will not be used.

    I have not seen my GP for 22 years & that is early internet days so they would not have got 50 years of records on digital. For them to get millions of people’s paper records onto to digital would take decades.

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    June 14, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    • the dwp have no paper copy’s of my info i did have a massive file that they had to go get when i signed on and did all they told me to do like a good little sheep but it vanished around 2008 i think and was now all on the lms, labor market system.

      when you change wc all the data is removed from the lms so made to look like a new lamb to the slaughter problem is mine has not been reset as i have a brain know the law and there fucked 🙂


      June 14, 2021 at 11:51 pm

      • The system doesn’t address the real problems of long-term unemployed people. Forcing them to play this game of token applications. As Trev quite rightly says, if you have been seriously long-term unemployed, your chances of re-entering the workforce are not good. If you add to that age, health issues or disability. Lack of references / current work experience. Not having any transport etc. Then the odds against ever working again, are stacked against you. That is the blunt reality. One which the current system ignores, and refuses to deal with.

        Jeff Smith

        June 15, 2021 at 11:03 am

      • Absolutely Jeff. And if you have big gaps in your employment history that goes against you too. They should put people on to annual signing over age 60 and exempt from job search, like they do in Ireland, either that or allow them early access to State Pension at a reduced rate.


        June 15, 2021 at 11:18 am

      • @trev- And even if you do get an interview, and I’ve known people get into real stress with this. Frantic research about the company, intelligent questions memorised. Haircut, suit cleaned, shoes polished. Practice run up to the location, to check on bus / train travel details. Only for it all to fall apart when they have to try and justify why they are long-term unemployed. And fend off the inevitable questions about whether they feel they could adjust to working full-time again. Could they keep up with a fast pace of work ? Would they describe themselves as target-driven ? Until it becomes obvious that the interview itself, is something of a token one, on the part of the employer. And that there never was much actual prospect of employment.

        Jeff Smith

        June 15, 2021 at 11:55 am

  30. The DWP aka Tories say that no one is unemployable which makes Working For Your Benefit policy even if you sit in a room down the Job Centre all day watching TV you are Working For Your Benefit by not even being a TV critic. Force Slave Labour held hostage by the DWP Disability Unit Justin Tomlinson.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 15, 2021 at 11:22 am

  31. Disability Unit Twitter

    Jun 14 2021
    A learning disability happens when a person’s brain development is affected, either before they’re born, during birth or early childhood.

    Learning disabilities can also be acquired – or diagnosed later in life.

    Disability Unit
    Jun 14
    A learning disability affects the way a person understands information and how they communicate.

    This means they can have difficulty:

    Black small square understanding new or complex information
    Black small square learning new skills
    Black small square coping independently

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 15, 2021 at 11:53 am

    • Perhaps learning disabilities are caused by bad education in schools also bad education at the Disability Unit Justin Tomlinson. Your whole Social Media & political career is a Disability Hate Crime Justin.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      June 15, 2021 at 11:55 am

      • Stop preaching about you know about disability Justin.

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        June 15, 2021 at 11:56 am

      • Disability Unit
        Jun 14
        Some people with a mild learning disability can talk easily and look after themselves but may need longer than usual to learn new skills.

        Other people may not be able to communicate at all and have other disabilities too.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        June 15, 2021 at 11:57 am

      • So disabled people can stop learning new skills now Justin !!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        June 15, 2021 at 11:58 am

      • Justin Tomlinson’s Disability is he is fearful of the disabled & his political career.

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        June 15, 2021 at 11:59 am

  32. Justin Tomlinson stop giving disabled people DEATH THREATS with the threat of SANCTIONS & CONTROL.


    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 15, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    • Come on Justin make it a criminal matter & I will see you in court Justin.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      June 15, 2021 at 12:02 pm

  33. New rise in number of Universal Credit claimants in Peterborough
    The number of Peterborough people claiming Universal Credit has risen by more than 300 in a month.



    June 15, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    • There seems to be a new rise in junkie beggars in my town, outside Aldi and Tesco, and everywhere in town centre. Getting pissed off with em .


      June 15, 2021 at 2:25 pm

  34. We’re contacting you because we’ve noticed that it has been some time since you were last active on our recruitment system. In accordance with our privacy policy we can only hold your data for a reasonable period of time. We will remove your data on 15-07-2021. This will mean that if you’ve signed up for job alerts with us these will cease on the above date.

    If you would like to stay on our records and continue to receive job alerts please click here before 15-07-2021.

    If you would prefer that we remove your record from our system, you do not need to do anything and this will occur automatically on the above date.

    Kind regards,


    June 15, 2021 at 12:50 pm

  35. superted

    June 15, 2021 at 6:03 pm

  36. One rule for them and another one for us, if folks don’t wake up after watching this they must be in a coma!!


    June 16, 2021 at 5:26 am

  37. Here is some news from up north that is kind of related to JSA claimants predicament. Anyway, it is the DWP/HMRC losing in court and being forced to pay arrears. This denying JSA claimants their extra £20 nicker a week needs to be tested in court There is no way the DWP has a leg to stand on. We also have to ask why is no one such as this Govan Law Centre taking the plight of JSA claimants to court. Also, if a new variant is found, it is not impossible that furlough and this UC ‘uplift’ will be extended by another 6 months, and on and on… When I first read I thought it meant the one in Parliament in London, not some court up north, but still it proves you don’t even have to take this all the way to the Supreme Court to get your wonga back.

    CAMPAIGNERS have hailed a Supreme Court victory that will allow asylum seekers granted refugee status the right to claim backdated child tax credits.

    The judgement was hailed an “important decision” with Govanhill Law Centre urging refugees to seek advice to make sure they are being given what they are owed.

    Scotland’s Supreme Court, the Court of Session, has held Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) was wrong to refuse a backdated claim for child tax credits for asylum seekers who had been granted refugee status.

    It is understood that this is the first successful social security test case for asylum seekers and tax credits in the UK.

    A similar test case is currently before the High Court in England but has yet to be decided.

    Claire Cochrane of Govanhill Law Centre said: “This is an important decision.

    “It is the first in the UK to confirm that refugees who applied for asylum prior to February 1, 2019 have retained the important right to make a claim for a backdated payment of child tax credit.

    “We would strongly encourage any refugees who applied for asylum before February 1, 2019 to seek advice to ensure that they receive all the payments they are entitled to.

    “It is not known how many refugees have applied for a backdated payment of child tax credit after the introduction of Universal Credit, only to be told that it is no longer possible for HMRC to process their claim.”

    Although tax credits were abolished and replaced with Universal Credit on February 1, 2019, the law provided that particular groups of claimants – including asylum seekers – had preserved rights if their claim was for a period that included January 31, 2019.

    UK social security law preserved the right to claim child tax credits from the original date of a claim for asylum in the UK, so long as a claim was made within one month of the date of refugee status.

    HMRC argued that no such claim could ever be made as it was no longer possible to claim tax credits since the roll out of Universal Credit.

    The Court of Session disagreed.

    Claire added: “Govan Law Centre calls on the UK Government to review the past decisions made in cases such as these and ensure that all eligible claims for backdated tax credits are processed.”

    “This decision is on the back of a huge amount of work by staff at Govan Law Centre and we want to thank our clients, Mr and Mrs Adnan, for sticking with this case.

    “It is very stressful to go through a long case like this.

    “Govan Law Centre will continue to work to improve the lives of those who – for whatever reason – need to come to the UK.”



    June 16, 2021 at 10:24 am

    • So far as I know the issue of JSA/ESA ‘legacy’ Benefits and the missing £20 “uplift” is being challenged in the High Court and a Judgment is expected in July. But even if it goes in our favour (which it certainly should do) the DWP will probably Appeal against the decision and drag it out even longer.


      June 16, 2021 at 10:55 am

  38. Number on benefits in Stoke-on-Trent soars during pandemic

    More than 50,000 working age people in Stoke-on-Trent are claiming at least one benefit – following a surge in hardship during the pandemic.

    A major new report on poverty in Stoke-on-Trent explains how Covid-19 and the lockdowns have hit poor people the hardest, with rising levels of unemployment, food bank use and debt.



    June 16, 2021 at 11:54 am

    • There used to be loads of breweries in Stoke, and a long time ago it was potteries. I remember traveling through Stoke about 25 yrs ago and it smelled strongly of beer being brewed. The Marmite factory was there as well.


      June 16, 2021 at 12:49 pm

  39. The Skills Bill’s challenges for Independent Training Providers


    Professional negligence – such as making a mistake in a piece of work for a client or giving them poor advice

    Unintentional breach of confidentiality – such as sharing sensitive client information without permission

    Unintentional breach of copyright – such as using an image on your website without permission

    Defamation and libel – such as making false comments about a competitor or client that damage their reputation

    Loss of documents or data

    Loss of money or goods (for which you are responsible)



    June 16, 2021 at 12:13 pm

  40. DWP paying thousands of benefit claimants lump sums after wrongly assessing them



    June 16, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    • Wrongly assessed is wrong. More like refusing [at the moment it stands at] 21 medical conditions. more to be added. The DWP love refusing court judgements.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      June 16, 2021 at 6:38 pm

      • That makes the PIP assessment & the WCA Not Fit For Purpose.

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        June 16, 2021 at 6:41 pm

  41. Back payments open flood gates at the DWP.

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    June 16, 2021 at 6:40 pm

  42. Councils recruiting Covid marshals until 2022 despite plans to end restrictions
    Hertfordshire County Council is offering a contract worth £3 million to recruit 60 marshals from July.


    More than 30 million people vaccinated with second dose


    now as the emergency powers act needs to be renewed in September and the only reason the vaccine has been given emergency use as far as i can tell this means it will be extended from September to march next year just to keep the vaccine roll out going as cant have one without the other as the jab would then need a license for use in normal times like every other drug on the market.

    so it looks like it will not end this year and the dwp may go on strike any day now furlough will end in September as well as the uc £20 a week boost it is going to be a fkn disaster in 2022 and as ever the poor will pay they highest price and sting the middle class like never b4.


    June 16, 2021 at 9:05 pm

  43. Universal credit sanction

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
    How can you made sanctions of overpayment and telling a claimant to return all the money back just for not sending the Identity on time, when you have already checked before this decision the status with the home office and the claimants are trying to show you the evidence of why they didn’t send it on time but you don’t answer at all?? You just say the case manager will call but nobody calls because you are spending the one month they have for the reconsideration and then they must pay. Honestly, there is no sense in this decision at all. We are talking about lot of money (nearly 10.000£) to be returned back when you have all the receipts on what they spent your money.

    Yours faithfully,



    if you do a foi make sure you use your real name in this circumstance or they will not reply as they cant.


    June 16, 2021 at 9:09 pm

  44. superted

    June 16, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    • Shows he’s thick as shit.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      June 17, 2021 at 10:32 am

    • This is GB News! The new Fascist mouthpiece.


      June 17, 2021 at 4:57 pm

  45. The Tory Party are a liability.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 17, 2021 at 10:34 am

    • Start talking English.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      June 17, 2021 at 10:35 am

  46. ‘There are likely to be significant challenges for many people in their 50s and 60s finding new jobs after the end of the furlough scheme. Older workers, particularly those aged over 65, have been more likely to be furloughed than middle-aged workers – at the end of April 2021, 14% of workers over 65 were furloughed, compared with 10% of those aged 40–49. There may well be significant numbers of older jobseekers in coming months’. – IFS Report , Changing Patterns of Work at Older Ages

    With some 4.2 million jobs supported by the furlough scheme, we are looking at another tsunami of unemployed very soon.

    Jeff Smith

    June 17, 2021 at 11:43 am

    • And the job centre and government will try they best to mask these 4.2 million people if they are lose their jobs when the furlough scheme ends, by placing people on government schemes and zero hour contracts


      June 17, 2021 at 12:31 pm

  47. DWP losing four in five benefit appeals from disabled people at height of pandemic
    A whopping 79% of PIP appeal tribunals ruled against the government during the first lockdown last year – and it’s still only fallen to 72% since



    June 17, 2021 at 12:13 pm

  48. superted

    June 17, 2021 at 12:55 pm

  49. Is this secret memo a super screw up by British covid criminals?



    June 17, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    • No Cloverleaf, it’s entirely fake as it admits at the bottom:

      “SOTN Editors Caveat: Even if the preceding memorandum is not authentic…”

      You’re posting untrue anti-lockdown propaganda again.


      June 17, 2021 at 4:54 pm

      • SOTN didn’t say it is authentic, they are asking questions which is what the mainstream media should be doing.


        June 17, 2021 at 5:19 pm

      • They are not asking questions, they are making completely false allegations in an half-baked attempt at being sensationalist in a conspiratorial manner that might appeal to teenage stoners.


        June 17, 2021 at 5:54 pm

  50. The Jobcentre sent me a pdf about a 5 weeks online employability course aimed at the over-50s and run by Standguide. I did a 12 months employability course with Standguide about 3 years ago called ‘Right Steps To Work’ and am still waiting for the certificates!


    June 17, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    • Is this secret memo a super screw up by British covid criminals? Sounds like a question to me, note the question mark at the end of the question?!🤣🤣


      June 17, 2021 at 6:18 pm

  51. Tory MP slams ridiculous untenable restrictions.


    June 17, 2021 at 5:15 pm

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