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Gran, 90+, Sent Jobcentre Interview Letter

November 24, 2014

A worried grandson asks on Facebook why his grandmother aged 90+ was sent this letter:

I think this should be all over the papers. Disabled people of working age getting these letters is quite bad enough, but OAPs of 90+?

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  1. November 24, 2014 12:53 am

    Reblogged this on Benefit tales.

  2. Louise J permalink
    November 24, 2014 1:04 am

    Can I point out that you left the woman’s national insurance number and name visible in that letter, not very responsible …

  3. Valerie permalink
    November 24, 2014 1:34 am

    Not surprised, told me my hubby was on system as deceased..he was in kitchen making tea! Took 3 weeks and visit to Jobcentre with passport to get it sorted…in the middle of my cancer treatment!

    • November 24, 2014 1:39 am

      Valerie- Oh my God! I’m hearing a story on FB as I type that I thought was terrible but yours is worse!!!

  4. November 24, 2014 1:46 am

    That doesn’t say “work focussed interview”, it says “compliance interview”, which is a terribly awkward phrase, but it means they want to talk to her about whether the information she’s given, and any other information, is accurate, as they may have found a discrepancy, or pulled her up for a random check.

    • November 24, 2014 2:19 am


      She might have failed to notify them that she’d died.

    • November 24, 2014 12:40 pm

      Fact that they will have her date of birth SHOULD have triggered some kind of welfare check with social services for the vulnerable.

  5. November 24, 2014 1:55 am

    Reblogged this on The Greater Fool.

  6. November 24, 2014 6:22 am

    Reblogged this on markcatlin3695's Blog.

  7. November 24, 2014 7:12 am

    Reblogged this on Citizens, not serfs.

  8. diane kempton permalink
    November 24, 2014 9:19 am

    Like its been pointed out. Its not work focused interview letter. The jobcentres are used as general offices with interview rooms for anuthing. Would people be up in arms if this interview meant they had found out this lady was fraudulent claiming pension credit. Age is no barrier yo fraud

    • November 24, 2014 9:26 am

      The ‘job focused’ bit was my mistake, quickly corrected. However I still find the case worth sharing widely as I can’t understand how they think circumstances can improve at 90+ age. At that age a letter like this could literally worry someone to death.

  9. November 24, 2014 9:46 am

    Why are people pointing out, it’s not work focused, I don’t see anyone claiming it is. The point obviously is a 90 year old should not be receiving this type of letter, or expected to go to an interview, it could cause unnecessary worry for a genuine person. There are other ways of checking people out.

    • November 24, 2014 10:16 am

      Because of my original misreading, and mistake which I quickly corrected, some people are coming here from a link in which the title says ‘Work Focused Interview Letter.’

      • November 24, 2014 10:33 am

        Thank you, I see that now. It’s a shame people focus on that, rather than the issue of a 90 year old expected to go to an interview to prove themselves.

  10. Marie permalink
    November 24, 2014 10:03 am

    It’s not a work focussed interview. It states quite clearly that it’s a compliance interview.

  11. Gemma permalink
    November 24, 2014 10:08 am

    It’s a compliance interview held at the jobcentre. You should make that clear.

  12. margaret mcneil (@margaretmcneil4) permalink
    November 24, 2014 11:52 am

    Reminds me of when my son who died aged 20 in 2006 had made a claim for job seekers a week after losing his job. 10 days after he made his claim I informed them he had died, sent in his death certificate and a few weeks after his burial got a letter from DWP saying they were pleased to inform him he would get job seekers allowance.

  13. jaypot2012 permalink
    November 24, 2014 11:53 am

    Poor lady – I hope it gets all sorted out and that she hasn’t been worried too much. There are other ways to check things out without sending such a worrying letter – there again, what should we expect from such a caring and helpful department?
    I’d tell them where to shove the interview and make them go to her!

  14. jaypot2012 permalink
    November 24, 2014 11:55 am

    Reblogged this on Jay's Journal and commented:
    Our caring government departments…

  15. November 24, 2014 12:04 pm

    I can’t remember the exact details but there was some talk of this government ((assuming they get in again) appointing a minister to get people of 70+ back into work. If they start with the 90’s, worry them to death and then work their way backwards!!!!
    Shocking. Compliance for what???
    The caring, sharing DWP – sharing the misery!

  16. Yolande permalink
    November 24, 2014 1:02 pm

    This lady’s name & NI number are visible if you click the thumbnail. Data protection?

    • November 24, 2014 1:24 pm

      That was noticed, and pointed out to me, quite rightly. I had the details edited out and they are no longer visible on this site.

  17. stilloaks permalink
    November 24, 2014 1:32 pm

    Reblogged this on Still Oaks.

  18. November 24, 2014 5:25 pm

    Welfare Weekly have just covered the story, for anyone who is interested.


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