DWP Under Pressure To Force Benefit Sanctions


 

photo(4)My thoughts on Benefit Sanctions

Long queues at the job centre plus as many had been called in to only to be told that they are not doing enough to get back into employment. Recently a few former colleagues of mine who lost their job through a rouge employer(s) who did not pay him or her were forced back to sign on.

Appointment letters were sent out to selected few who is being grilled by the attitude of their Job Advisors even though they had produced their evidence that they are actively seeking employment. The advisor then turned around and suggests that they should seek employment at Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) or do a hotel porter job(s).

photo(3)Most of my former colleagues have 1 class degrees they studied hard and they were honoured to have gained such achievements. The problems arise when academics, and other professionals who lost their jobs turn up to the job centre plus they lack the skills to match the job accordingly when those job seekers challenge the issue(s) they are being informed that they are there to get people back to work with little or no support.

photo(2)Job Centres has been outsourced to other agencies that promise that they can get people back to work and produce grand presentation graph which hoodwinks the DWP Minister to win contracts to get the long term unemployed back to work at value for money.

jobcentrelogoThere are genuine concerns from both previous and present governments to address this problem but with little success. Job centres currently have been starved of funding and to put the icing on the cake many feels that anything can be done to address this problem but yet the government forces the DWP staff under pressure to force them to meet targets or join the scrap heap.

How can anybody work under those pressure to cut the welfare benefits already this coalition have introduced the Bedroom Tax which are targeted at the lowest paid and on top of it they are being forced to pay their fair share of council tax.

To be unemployed and treated by the DWP that you are lazy is bad enough, be outsourced to private companies (work programs ) who then tell your that your CV as an experienced individual in your field of work only to be told there’s a place in a franchise food chain MacDonald such as pound land were you don’t get paid or get a part time job that is under paid.to fixed target figures is an illusion to the mass media, and then there is tax , yes the bed room tax , only to find out that the tax man is going to part pay a lump to pay for Olympic stadium for west ham to move in too.so as Cyprus and the rest of Europe pays this so call debt to private and corporate who don’t pay tax too off shore islands , who do we hold to account-for the state of the world eco.

I’m glad the shadow work and pensions secretary, Liam Byrne, is due to raise the matter in parliament. He said: “This explosive letter lays bare the climate of fear in jobcentres as league tables and threats of disciplinary action are used to perpetrate a culture of sanctioning innocent people to hit targets. That is just plain wrong and must be stopped now. Either ministers have no grip on their department or they misled parliament. Either way they must now face the consequences.”

I thank the Labour MP for Walthamstow, Stella Creasy, for saying “We have to get to the bottom of this. It is quite horrible that jobcentre staff feel they have to set people up to fail.”

The DWP maintained that this was an isolated case. Hoban said: “I’m clear there should be no chasing of targets because I believe we should be making the right and fair decisions.”

It’s a bit rich coming the Coalition government has launched an inquiry after it was forced to admit that jobcentres have been setting targets and league tables to sanction benefit claimants despite assurances to parliament this week that no such targets were being set. A leaked email shows staff being warned by managers that they will be disciplined unless they increase the number of claimants referred to a tougher benefit regime. A jobcentre adviser manager, discloses in the email that she has received “the stricter benefit regime” figures for her area, adding: “As you can see Walthamstow are 95th in the league table out of only 109” – the number of jobcentres in London and the home counties. The employment minister, Mark Hoban, had assured MPs on Tuesday: “There are no league tables in place. We do not set targets for sanctions. I have made that point in previous discussions.”

The league table could only have been drawn up through information provided by senior managers in the Department for Work and Pensions.

Hoban had told MPs that decisions on sanctioning claimants “need to be based on whether people have breached the agreements they have set out with the jobcentre, and there are no targets in place”.

Faced with the email, the DWP said: “We are urgently investigating what happened in this case. If a manager has set a local target for applying sanctions this is against DWP policy and we will be taking steps to ensure these targets are removed immediately.”

This is totally unacceptable answer given that there is high unemployment for both long term and youth. This will surely remind people of the 1980s Youth Training Scheme introduced by the Conservatives which was crticised from cross party.

To be unemployed and treated by the DWP that you are lazy  is bad enough, be outsourced to private companies (work programs ) who then tell your that your CV as an experienced individual in your field of work only to be told there’s a place in a franchise food chain MacDonald  such as pound land were you don’t get paid or get a part time job that is under paid. To fixed  target figures is an illusion to the mass media, and then there is tax , yes the bed room tax , only to find out that the tax man is going to part pay a lump to  pay for Olympic stadium for west ham to move in too. so as Cyprus and the rest of Europe pays this so call debt to private and  corporate  who don’t pay tax too off shore islands , who do we hold to account-for the state of the world economy

To be unemployed and treated by the DWP that you are lazy  is bad enough, be outsourced to private companies (work programs ) who then tell your that your CV as an experienced individual in your field of work only to be told there’s a place in a franchise food chain MacDonald  such as pound land were you don’t get paid or get a part time job that is under paid. To fixed  target figures is an illusion to the mass media, and then there is tax , yes the bed room tax , only to find out that the tax man is going to part pay a lump to  pay for Olympic stadium for west ham to move in too. so as Cyprus and the rest of Europe pays this so call debt to private and  corporate  who don’t pay tax too off shore islands , who do we hold to account-for the state of the world economy

 

 

 

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4 responses to “DWP Under Pressure To Force Benefit Sanctions

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