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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 2:46 pm    Post subject: DWP sanctions - Universal Jobmatch 'terms of abuse' Reply with quote

Universal Jobmatch website – Standards of Behaviour for Jobseekers
The Standards of Behaviour have been updated. Please confirm that you have read the Standards of Behaviour by selecting the box below.
1. This page (taken with the documents and pages it refers to) explains DWP's expectations from those using the Universal Jobmatch website to look for job vacancies.

1.1 In this document, “Our”, “Us” or “We” means DWP.

1.2 This page was last updated on 01 March 2013.

2. Using the Universal Jobmatch website

2.1 We maintain the Universal Jobmatch website for your personal use.

2.2 We aim to update our site regularly, and may change the content at any time.

2.3 You should only use this site for lawful purposes, and in a manner that does not infringe the rights of, or restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of, this site by any third party.

2.4 You should not post or include any harmful or illegal material when using this site.

If you misuse this site we may:
- remove your Universal Jobmatch account from this site
- take other action to prevent misuse.

2.5 You should also not copy or re-sell any part of our site.

3. Online government services or transactions

3.1 When using the Universal Jobmatch website, you may access an online government service or transaction that is delivered by another government department or agency. Each of these services will have its own terms and conditions or end user licences that apply only to that service. Users of any service should make sure they have read the relevant terms and conditions before completing that transaction.

4. Links from the Universal Jobmatch website to other sites

4.1 Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources, and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.

5. Disclaimer

5.1 While we make every effort to keep the Universal Jobmatch website up to date, we don’t provide any guarantees, conditions or warranties as to the accuracy of the information on the site.

5.2 We don’t accept liability for loss or damage incurred by users of the website, whether direct, indirect or consequential, whether caused by tort, breach of contract or otherwise. This includes loss of:
- income or revenue
- business
- profits or contracts
- anticipated savings
- data
- goodwill
- tangible property
or wasted management or office time in connection with our site or in connection with the use, inability to use, or results of the use of our site, any websites linked to it and any materials posted on it. This condition shall not prevent claims for loss of or damage to your tangible property or any other claims for direct financial loss that are not excluded by any of the categories set out above.


5.3 This does not affect our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, nor our liability for fraudulent misrepresentation or misrepresentation as to a fundamental matter, nor any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.

6. Governing law

6.1 Any disputes relating to or arising from the Universal Jobmatch website shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

7. Information about you and your visits to the Universal Jobmatch website

7.1 You are responsible for the accuracy of your CV or any other information that you place on this site.

7.2 You should not be asked to reveal personal details such as bank account details, National Insurance number, date of birth, driving licence or utility bill information as these items are not relevant to an application process.

7.3 We process information about you in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

8. Virus protection

8.1 We make every effort to check and test material at all stages of production, however you must take your own precautions to ensure that the process which you employ for accessing this website does not expose you to the risk of viruses, malicious computer code or other forms of interference which may damage your own computer system.

8.2 We can’t accept any responsibility for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or your computer system which may occur whilst using material derived from this website.

9. Viruses, hacking and other offences

9.1 Our site must not be misused by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful. Attempts should not be made to gain unauthorised access to our site, the server on which our site is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our site. Our site must not be attacked via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of-service attack.

9.2 By acting contrary to the above, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them.

10. Revisions to this Guidance

10.1 We may at any time revise this guidance without notice. Please check this guidance regularly.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the Jobs seem to have a rolling new date so they appear to be new, I am getting sick of seeing the same jobs over and over!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2013 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-se lect/work-and-pensions-committee/inquiries/parliament-2010/the-role-of -jobcentre-plus/

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Role of Jobcentre Plus in the reformed welfare system
19 April 2013

The Work and Pensions Committee is to begin an inquiry into Jobcentre Plus (JCP).

The inquiry will focus on the services JCP offers to benefit claimants, jobseekers and employers and its relationships with external providers and stakeholders such as local authorities, in the context of recent and ongoing welfare reforms, including the introduction of Universal Credit, and the resulting changes to JCP staff roles.

The Committee will consider the future of JCP as a public employment service, including its role as “gatekeeper” to contracted-out services such as the Work Programme and Work Choice. It will also assess the support which JCP currently provides to jobseekers in the early months of their unemployment benefit claim, before referral to external providers.

The inquiry will also assess whether the organisational changes in JCP since 2011 have produced efficiencies and streamlined management processes as intended.

Submissions of no more than 3,000 words are invited from interested organisations and individuals.
The Committee is particularly interested in the issues set out below. Submissions do not need to address all of these points.

JCP’s employment services, including: approaches to identifying jobseekers’ needs and barriers to employment; the effectiveness of the “Get Britain Working” measures; JCP’s role as a gateway to contracted-out services such as Work Choice and the Work Programme, including processes for referral and handover; JCP’s use of the Flexible Support Fund, including how spending decisions are made and evaluated; and the effectiveness of JCP’s relationships with other key stakeholders, particularly local authorities.
JCP’s role in relation to the rights and responsibilities of benefit claimants, including: the effectiveness of benefit conditionality, particularly job-seeking conditionality and the mandatory “work-focused interview”; and the level and appropriateness of JCP’s use of benefit sanctions, including differences of approach between JCP Districts.
Supporting a flexible labour market, including: JCP’s effectiveness in matching jobseekers to suitable job vacancies, including through the introduction of Universal Jobmatch; whether JCP is sufficiently focused on sustained job outcomes as well as off-benefit flows and how this is, or should be, measured; and employers’ assessment of the effectiveness of JCP as a recruitment partner.
The impacts of benefit reforms, including: the implications for JCP staff roles of the implementation of Universal Credit, including the skills staff will need in order to offer effective in-work support; changes to staff roles brought about by the move to “digital by default”; and plans to support claimants affected by the benefit cap.
The governance of JCP, including: whether ending the executive agency status of JCP, and bringing it under the central control of a single DWP Chief Operating Officer, has brought about efficiencies and streamlined management as intended; and the potential for more radical future changes to JCP.

The deadline for submitting evidence is Friday 24 May.

How to submit your evidence

Contributors should feel no obligation to comment on all the issues raised above, but should focus on those areas in which they have particular expertise or interest.

Submissions should be in Word or rich text format, not PDF format, and sent by email to workpencom@parliament.uk The body of the email must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The email should also make clear who the submission is from. Hard copy submissions should be sent to: The Work and Pensions Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA.
Submissions should be in the format of a self-contained piece of written evidence. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include a summary. For further guidance on the submission of evidence see:
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Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Material already published elsewhere may be referred to within a proposed piece of written evidence, in which case a link to the published work should be included.
Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee. It is the Committee’s decision whether or not to accept a submission as formal written evidence.
Please bear in mind that the Committee cannot investigate individual cases.
The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives, either by printing the evidence, publishing it on the internet (where it will be accessible by search engines) or by making it publicly available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive, you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.
For data protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/05/duncan-smith-face-grillin g-mps-over-misuse-statistics

Duncan Smith to face grilling from MPs over misuse of statistics

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The work and pensions select committee launches an inquiry after Duncan Smith was rebuked by the UK Statistics Authority for misrepresenting figures on the benefit cap.
By George Eaton Published 22 May 2013 15:28
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Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith arrives to attend the government's weekly cabinet meeting at Number 10 Downing Street. Photograph: Getty Images.

With deceptively little fanfare, the work and pensions select committee has announced that it intends to question Iain Duncan Smith over his misuse of statistics. After IDS was rebuked by the UK Statistics Authority for falsely claiming that 8,000 people had moved into work as a result of the introduction of the benefit cap, the committee has "decided to examine the way DWP releases benefit statistics to the media".

The inquiry into Duncan Smith's behaviour will be carried out as part of its annual assessment of the DWP Annual Report and Accounts (ARA), which is due to be published at the end of June. Since the Work and Pensions Secretary always appears before the committee once the assessment has been published, he is now certain to face questions over his statistical chicanery. The Change.org petition calling for Duncan Smith to be held to account by parliament has now received 96,271 signatures. Let us now hope he is.

In the past month, the Work and Pensions Secretary has claimed that 878,000 people dropped their claims for sickness benefits rather than face a new medical assessment; that thousands deliberately registered for the Disability Living Allowance before it was replaced with the more “rigorous” Personal Independence Payment; and that 8,000 people moved into work as a result of the introduction of the coalition’s benefit cap. Not one of these assertions was supported by the official statistics.

Thousands of people move on and off benefits each month as their health, housing and employment circumstances change but there is no evidence that they do so for the reasons ascribed by Duncan Smith. As his own department stated in relation to the benefit cap, “The figures for those claimants moving into work cover all of those who were identified as potentially being affected by the benefit cap who entered work. It is not intended to show the additional numbers entering work as a direct result of the contact.”

Duncan Smith’s insistence that the reverse was true was dog-whistle politics of the worst kind. By stating that 8,000 people entered employment as a direct consequence of the benefit cap, he painted them as “scroungers” unwilling to work until the state ceased to subsidise their fecklessness. As for those who had not found jobs, the implication was that they were merely not trying hard enough.

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Official report reveals the hated benefit sanctions regime costs taxpayers Ł153million more a year to run than it saves
The brutal cuts which make so many lives a misery save just Ł132m a year while it costs Ł285m a year to run.
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/official-report-reveal s-hated-benefit-9361944#ICID=sharebar_twitter

BY TORCUIL CRICHTON 30 NOV 2016UPDATED23:17, 29 NOV 2016
NEWS Daily Record

The Tories’ benefits sanctions regime costs Ł153million more a year to run than it saves.

A shocking official report has revealed that administering the discredited system costs taxpayers up to Ł285million a year.

And the brutal cuts that make life hell for struggling families
 only save around Ł132million.

Staggeringly, the Department for Work and Pensions do not track the cost of sanctions or use their own data to evaluate their impact.

In their scathing
report, the National Audit Office said they “cannot conclude that the
department is achieving value for money”.

Last night, opposition MPs demanded that Ministers get a grip of the sanctions system.

Labour’s Meg Hillier said: “Benefit sanctions punish some of the poorest people in the country but despite the anxiety and misery they cause, it seems to be pot luck who gets sanctioned.

“While studies suggest sanctions do encourage some people back into work, other people stop claiming but do not start working and the DWP have no record of them.

“If vulnerable people fall through the safety net, what happens to them?”

The DWP spend up to Ł50million a year applying sanctions and Ł200million checking that claimants meet the conditions for receiving payments.

The NAO also estimate that the DWP forked out Ł35million in hardship payments last year and withheld Ł132million following sanctions.

The NAO said nearly a quarter of jobseeker’s allowance claimants received at least one
sanction in the five years to 2015. A four-week penalty for the over-25s means a Ł300 loss.

More than a million unemployed benefits claimants have to meet certain conditions –
such as showing they
are looking for work – to receive their payments.

But the report found
the use of penalties differs across jobcentres and employment schemes.

Some Work Programme providers make more than twice as many sanction referrals as others dealing with similar groups.

And the NAO said more than a quarter of Work Programme claimants
 hit by sanctions last
year had the decisions overturned, compared to 11 per cent of jobcentre penalties.

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said: “This report is a civil service
equivalent of a character assassination. It shows that a failing department is trying to prop up a discredited system.

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“The DWP have turned this system in a postcode lottery that means someone could be
sanctioned in one place and not in another for
the same thing.

“What is worse is that the Government are not assessing the impact of sanctions, using their own data to see what is going on, and they are not even tracking the benefits.

“Ministers need to get
a grip.”

Child Poverty Action Group chief executive Alison Garnham said: “As the NAO report makes clear, the DWP have little idea what impact sanctions have on individuals and, with some areas imposing twice as many sanctions as others, appear to have little concern for consistency.

“Sanctions create destitution but the DWP are operating almost blind.”

A DWP spokesman
said: “This report fails to
recognise the improvements we have made to sanctions. The number has fallen and they are only used as a last resort.

“We will consider the recommendations and respond fully in due course.”

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hi tony, i seen ur name mentioned on some1 post , i not sure u can help or offer any advice , but i have been thrown off my dwp again , i lost count how many times they have thrown me off an how many appeals i won, tho i av 100% certain that they the gov an dwp spent 10 times for tax payers money taking me to court all these times only for the courts to say i shouldn of even been there , yet again before xmas they tell me on 7th dec i had 0 points at my assessment even tho every1 i had over last 20 years i have had min 10 points everytime, , since they have refused 2 sick notes off my gp stating i cant work an a letter from gp , i have eveidence of special treatment from power company cause of illness's i have proof of help from social services with bath aid an extra hand rail up my stairs , i have load of conditions meaning i should be able to get the benefit but they refuse because of this i dont want to go thro another 10 month appeal, i have lost 3 stone in weight an 4 inches off my waist, becausae of the stress they cause me, i cant eat well at the best of times, but as i had no money off them since nov my 7 year old son i won custody off 6 years ago who is so bright he has homework for 12 year olds in comp an school say he is the brightest kid they had there , but now he gotta go live with his chav vodka drinking mum an her ax drug dealer chav boyfriend who will have him in his room on xbox all day an night, i am tamping an raging to the point i have decided as soon as my son is settled in his new school i will be dying, i am just so fed up the dew can breach out human rights, can treat us so bad an kill us an continue to get away with it, if i wa able they have changed me that much i would love to be the next guy fawkes , but i am un able to get drive for 10 mins with out having to stop an adjust myself cause of pain lol so i decid not to be a burden to any1 no more not to be judge an NOT TO GO THRO ANY OF THESE HEART WRENCHING ASSESSMENTS WE ALL KNOW WE WILL FAIL, THE DWP NEED BLOWING UP AN EVERY1 OF THESE MP NEED TO BE THERE BURNING AN SCREAMING , FOR ALL THOSE POOR SOULS WHO HAD NO OTHER 5THOUGHT BUT TO END THE MISERY, CAN U HELP IN ANY WAY ?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"They're Trying To Kill Me"
Doctor certifies Chris can't work, so DWP stop his benefits @nibboofbrad @ImAJSAClaimant http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/90645

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Everyone I know who's been put on #UniversalCredit is 1. Worse off & 2. Had payments withheld.
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Universal credit: My five-year-old searched bins for food
By John Owen
BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme
19 October 2017
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41651684

Anna says she had to visit a food bank after the changes to her benefits left her without any money.
MPs voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to back a Labour demand for the controversial universal credit scheme to be put on hold but Tory MPs abstained. The Victoria Derbyshire programme has been told some people are being left near-destitute due to flaws in its design.
Without any income for two weeks, Anna was unable to buy food for her five-year-old daughter.
She was waiting for her first instalment of the new benefit.
"Last weekend her last food was school dinners. On Saturday we were walking down the street and she was searching in bins for food, she was starving. She was ripping McDonald's bags to see if there were any chips or anything on the floor. It was awful, broke my heart," she says.
"You take her to bed but her tummy's rumbling. You're just giving her water but she wants food and you can't. She had no food Saturday, Sunday, went to school really, really, hungry."
Anna, from Hammersmith in west London, says she was told to apply online and the first payment would take up to three months to arrive. This was despite the government's expectation that claimants should be paid within six weeks - a target which has itself attracted criticism.
The government says universal credit, which rolls six working-age benefits into a single payment, is designed to make the system simpler and ensure no-one faces a situation where they would be better off claiming benefits than working.
Anna says all of her current benefits were stopped - child benefit, child tax credit, income support, council tax and housing benefits - whilst she waited for them to be grouped under the new system.
Food banks
Senior Labour backbencher Frank Field told the Victoria Derbyshire programme claimants were being "pushed into destitution". He called on the government to temporarily halt the "disastrous" roll-out.
"What we're seeing is increased numbers who are hungry, increased numbers of people who can't pay their rent, and an increase in the number who are without fuel or light in their houses… those numbers [of people in destitution] are rising," he said.
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A volunteer packing items for a food bank
Anna says she had to go to a food bank for supplies - otherwise they would still be hungry.
"I can't go to the shop and steal. It's awful. I can't keep asking neighbours for food, I shouldn't have to live like this," she says.
"I don't know if I am going to still have my house, as I need to pay my rent, my council tax is due. What do I do next? Beg on the street to get some milk and bread?"
The Trussell Trust says its network of 400 food banks may be unable to cope with the rise in demand resulting from the introduction of universal credit.
"We're genuinely worried that with the combined demands of winter and [the fallout from universal credit] we might not be able to feed everyone who comes through our doors," says Gareth Lemon, from the charity.
'On my knees'
The government has said anyone in financial distress can apply for advance payments. But these payment are only a type of loan, which claimants have to pay back from subsequent instalments.
For some, the requirement to pay back an advance, has itself resulted in them slipping into debt.
Brendan
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Brendan said his sisters helped him buy food after problems with his benefit payments
Brendan, 51, from West Yorkshire, who has a range of disabilities and is awaiting bariatric surgery, says the failure to be paid the housing element of universal credit has left him thousands of pounds in arrears and facing eviction.
He took an advance while waiting for his first instalment but is now paying that back, exacerbating his debt problems.
"It probably lasted me about two weeks and then left me with nothing. Then you're hoping that what you have in is enough, which it wasn't. I've got a good family who have helped me out a lot. Without my sisters I'd be absolutely on my knees," he says.
Brendan says he went without food for three days, until his sister took him shopping and gave him some money. "She said, 'If you're ever like this again, phone me'. But I won't because it's embarrassing," he adds.
"I've never struggled like this before in my life I've never been in this situation where I could lose my home. I'll die on those streets if I do get evicted, I don't know what I'll do. I don't know where to go for help."
'Really significant'
Ed Boyd, managing director at the Centre for Social Justice, which designed the policy, insisted that the government should be congratulated for introducing universal credit, saying that it is far better than the system it replaces. He said the old system disincentivised work and trapped people on benefits.
"When universal credit is fully rolled out you will have 250,000-to-300,000 more people in work and the effect this will have on families across the country, taking people out of poverty, is really significant," he says.
The Department for Work and Pensions says its latest data, from last month, indicates 81% of new claimants were paid in full and on time at the end of their first assessment while 89% received some payment.
Cases of non-payment, it said, were due to claimants either not signing paperwork, not passing identity checks or facing "verification issues," such as providing details of their earnings, housing costs and childcare costs.
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