Hello , i`m not a 'hardcore' ATS thread starter but i thought i`d open this one to let ya`ll know what has just been swept under our feet in the big
old cesspit we used to call England.
Last year i was homeless and unemployed , so i started claiming jobseekers allowance and everything was picking up a little .... then ... i was forced
into a month of unpaid labour (ILLEGAL and in direct violation of your human rights) after this i was forced on to the two year "work programme" and
made to sign daily since i was homeless.
So i was living on the streets , hardly getting any sleep , going to work for free , and walking a mile and a half to the jobcentre every day after
work , this was in december by the way . Yes , over christmas .
Needless to say i voiced my opinion , politley told them to **** off , and went on my merry way back to the dirty streets of Sunderland. Which brought
a hefty 26 week sanction lasting up until the 19th of October.
I started work in June through an agency (against my beliefs) and was doing ok untill they refused to pay me after a week of 12 hour night shifts
because my time sheet was supposedly handed in late by one of thier staff , i was told i could be paid the same day but would only get 70 % of my
wages , or i could get the full amount the next payday.
Needless to say i took the next payday and politley told them to **** off .
So i tried to claim JSA straight away and was told my sanction was still active so i needed to wait . I was refused crisis loans and i eventually got
the ball rolling on the 19th .
Today , the 22nd of October i attended my initial interview , and to my surprise i was handed a letter stating that from TODAY
the rules have
changed , i dont have a scanner so here :
------ Important changes to Jobseeker`s Allowance Sanctions from Monday 22 October 2012 ------
How will this affect me ?
From 22 October 2012, the law is changing. The amount of benefit you recieve will not change.
However , if at any time in the future you fail to meet the conditions attached to recieving
Jobseeker`s Allowance, the way your benefit is affected will change.
To qualify for Jobseeker`s Allowance, you must :
~ be available for employment
~ be activley seeking employment
~ have a current jobseeker`s agreement, and
~ comply with any reasonable conditions that your advisor asks you to.
From 22 October 2012 if you do not meet the conditions you are asked to, without a good reason,
your benefit could be affected.
~ You could lose your benefit for 13 weeks, 26 weeks or 156 weeks (three years), if you :
~ leave a job voluntarily or lose a job due to misconduct on your part
~ fail to take part in a mandatory work activity programme
~ fail to take a suitable employment oppertunity or
~ refuse or fail to apply for a job which your adviser has notified to you.
So from that section alone you can see what direction this country is heading in , for starters you will get a sanction for three years , which still
counts if you sign off ,then on top of that you have no other options for benefits , yes , AFRICAN poverty in Britain ....... great times.
During my interview today the slightly dopey woman that dealt with me brought up a screen on her magical box of anti - humanity , ratlled her
communist keyboard , and told me that i still need to attend the questionably "mandatory" work programme .
She presented me with another letter which states , and i quote , that : " You must take part in the work programme until you are told otherwise or
your claim for jobseeker`s allowance ends. "
The letter says nothing about the work programme remaining active once you sign off , she wanted me to sign an agreement to say i read the letter and
understand i must attend .
Needless to say , i politley ......
..... explained that i was not comfortable signing it as i would be agreeing to attend the work programme which
i ended in February , and the letter she had shown me did not state that i still need to attend.
She told me i was wrong , obviously , to which i replied .... " is a P45 provided after the termination of a contract " ?
She said yes , so i told her that i recieved a p45 from the jobcentre when i terminated my claim and the begining of the year, which means all
agreements between myself and the jobcentre under that contract , including those involving the work programme are now non - existent .
I thought she was going to explode , she was not taking no for an answer and wriggled away by saying "you dont need to sign it , i`ll just say i`ve
gave you the letter "
are these people for real or what ? have i woke up in an alternate reality ?
Are you seriously going to sit there and take this , my fellow countrymen , will you cower in the face of the facist tories ? your parents did not ,
your grandparents did not , so why are you sitting there waiting for superman to blow the problems away ?
Anyone got any input on my quite poor thread ? i dont want to look like a rambling physco talking to myself here