New tactics from the DWP workers. 

What follows would be beyond belief in any sort of civilised society. Sadly, this is happening in our society. Civilised is not a word that springs easily to mind, really, when thinking of the post Thatcher UK ……

The poor side of life

Every week we hear new stories of how the DWP workers try to trick people into receiving a sanction. We aren’t easily shocked anymore but if you haven’t heard of these tactics in your area please watch out for them. Here’s a few read and note. These aren’t unusual but it’s good to highlight them every now and then.

Only apply for jobs that you know you will be successful in getting on the universal job match website. Now we know that most of these jobs are fake jobs but yes this was a nugget of advice given yesterday. If you apply for jobs that you won’t get then we will sanction you. It’s a no win situation for the client and he got illegally sanctioned. Don’t fall for this one folks unless you possess some kind of clairvoyant ability then how would you know if you are going to…

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National day of demonstrations against sanctions and attempted suicide by man who attends Ashton Jobcentre.

What is the purpose of the regime of sanctions, workfare schemes and the whole punishing slant of the increasing conditionality attached to claiming welfare support these days? The mainstream press, in general, fill the canvass of public opinion with negative “benefit cheat & scrounger” stories; whilst trumpeting the favorite political mainstream mantra of the “hard working family” or hard working “tax payer”. But, what is all this about? Many of the stories you might find published in the press are fabricated, taken out of context and in any case, even where a grain of truth is present, only representative of a tiny minority of welfare recipient. Also, in comparison to the eye watering sums involved in Corporate tax avoidance and high level fraud, not even qualifying as a drop in the bucket. I grow sick of hearing normally reasonable and intelligent people parroting the right wing, divisive shite spewed from the bowels of the DWP and their numpty Ministers. I am not religious, but if I was, I would now be praying to the vengeful god of the fallen walls of Jericho fame to pay Westminster a visit real soon …..

The poor side of life

Yesterday was the national day of demonstrations against sanctions organised by unite. We of course have been doing these demonstrations every week since August. August was the turning point for us, we saw how inhumane these sanctions were and we were determined to do something about them. Sanctioning a pregnant lady for no legal reason and then saying when she asked how she would feed her unborn baby “tough your not Ill you are pregnant get on with it” still haunts me.Without the help that she got both her and her unborn baby could have been yet another statistic for this government to use in their “return to work” statistics. Make no mistake the Jobcentres aren’t there to find you work anymore. Unlike the old days. They are now used to take people off the unemployment register in any way possible. It doesn’t matter how. Then this cruel government can…

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On probation, sanctioned and hungry and the case of the invisible man.

This blog post is especially illustrative of the disjointed nature of our frankly, increasingly nasty society – inevitable, just so long as the present neo liberal free market nonsense consensus is adhered to by our political leaders. Incompetence? deliberate cruelty? Recruitment policy leading to DWP staff without the wherewithal to use discretion in applying the rules? I have no idea which option is the most likely – perhaps a combination of all three …..

The poor side of life

One issue that people don’t seem to talk about is the people who are on probation for whatever reason and are sanctioned. One gentleman came to us yesterday when we made an impromptu visit to Ashton Jobcentre. He was angry and quite rightly so. This man had been in trouble with the police in the past and was now trying to get his life on the straight and narrow. He attends probation which he said that he likes, they are helping him. The only problem that he has is the Jobcentre. He’s been put on universal credit and the Jobcentre staff are refusing to a knowledge his probation terms and conditions. They are saying that he has to go out of the house when his curfew is on and they have told him that they expect him to have the Internet at home. As a result this man has been…

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Sanctioned for not writing long enough sentences and new shiny windows at the Jobcentre.

The commitment needed to maintain this vigil outside the job center is very high; and can only inspire great admiration for those involved. Once again, Charlotte has produced a blog post that exposes a little of the genuine hardships and entirely un -called for suffering which is, apparently, routinely imposed on job seekers by staff within this particular job center. Similar scenes are repeated with distressing regularity right on up and down this land of ours on a daily and weekly basis. It is wrong, Nothing else, just WRONG.

The poor side of life

Yesterday when I arrived at the Ashton Under Lyne Jobcentre I thought I was seeing things. They had taken down the paper that was covering the windows. Great I thought, the claimants will feel much more secure knowing that they can see outside now. I would have thought that they would have felt very intimidated upon entering a building that you can’t see out of. I walked. Up to the building and I noticed that they had placed some kind of reflective film on the glass, presumably so we can’t see inside. We don’t look inside anyway we are too busy helping people and handing leaflets out. My question is this. At what expense was this decision to put up reflective coatings on the glass? And who’s decision was this? Once again we come in peace and this is not needed at all.

Whilst standing outside a young woman approached…

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Seven months of constant demonstrations.

These people are actually doing something, they are standing up for what they believe is right. This takes courage and I have a lot of admiration for them. I am also impressed that the writer of the blog is standing for the Green Party – which together with the SNP, Plyd, Respect and other parties of the left, offer a genuine alternative to the mainstream offering of Austerity, with more austerity on the side : (bit like a sort of political version of the Python Spam song – minus the humour).

The poor side of life

Yesterday I was reminded by a comrade that we have now been demonstrating outside Ashton Under a Lyne Jobcentre for seven months. We have been there every Thursday and have been there in all weathers. Why do we continue you may ask? Someone said to me recently you aren’t making a difference. I can say the opposite, we are making a difference. Our presence has started the process of the DWP being held responsible for their actions. They of course don’t like this, but we aren’t there for them we are there for the victims of their cruel regime. The DWP got very nervous, not because we are violent, far from it. We aren’t aggressive but we are peaceful. We have one thing in common exposing the lies and the crimes in our eyes that are committed inside that building and others. They called us into a meeting, even tried…

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Your children aren’t a priority the Jobcentre is. Yesterday’s demo.

The poor side of life

Yesterday was a wet and cold day and people entering the Jobcentre were more demoralised than ever. We used to have time to set up and get ready but people now wait for us and pop over to say hello, to lend some support and to ask for advice. We see this as a positive sign because people are becoming slightly more empowered and enlightened. They know the way they are being treated is wrong.
A lady who had just left the Jobcentre walked over to me, she is a young single mother with a young child. She said that she feels like she is being targeted by a certain Jobcentre employee. I asked for her advisors name and it was a name that I recognised, the advisor was the same advisor that had tried to target me in the past. The advisor had told her that her child doesn’t…

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