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JSA Claimant: At The Jobcentre, We’re Not Considered People

January 13, 2015

An extract from Kate Belgrave’s latest article, on Jobcentres.

“They [jobcentre advisers] are working by their own system to push themselves up the ladder at our expense. Because we come in to sign on, we’re not [considered] people. That’s what it is. That’s what it has become like. I’ve worked [in administration] and I’ve paid my taxes like everyone else. Coming to a place like this – it’s so degrading.”

“I have to do daily signon. They didn’t say why. One day I come in and the next minute they told me I have to do daily signon. So you who is genuinely looking for work, you haven’t got nowhere to turn. I’ve decided that if I can’t find work in what I’ve worked in, I will go back to doing some sort of carework to fill the gap. But now they [the jobcentre] have told me that they can’t do anything to help to get my CRB check. How am I going to find that money? It’s £65 and we get £140 a fortnight [in JSA]. So that means I have to either go without – and I’m already going without for gas, electric and all these things. How are we supposed to get out there to work when they’re not helping us in any way at all? My definition of a jobcentre is that when you go in there, there is somebody to assist you. But there is nobody there to assist you.

“I have to come in every single day. I don’t know from one to another what time it is. Today, I came in at ten o’clock. Tomorrow, I’m in at 11.05am. The day after, I might go back to 9am or 3.30pm. I don’t know. They’ve messed me about so much I haven’t been able to go to my drop-in centre. My drop-in centre is so helpful. I pay my own fares and everything as well to go there. I have got use of the computer and advisers there. They are a world of good to me, but coming here [for daily signon], I cannot get there, because my drop in centre is from 9 to 12.”

“The government has to really check and see what they’re [jobcentres] are doing. There’s no help for the unemployed. They think that people love to be unemployed. I do not love to be unemployed. If somebody walked up the road now and offered me a job, I would take it. [I was made redundant] – the company that I was working for, they closed down so many branches. These sorts of places, they don’t give you no confidence to go out to work. If I wasn’t a person who keeps on going, they would break me down. I would end up being on the tablets and being at the doctors. That’s how they deal with you.”

7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2015 1:28 pm

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  2. January 13, 2015 1:32 pm

    The Government does not need to check on something of which it approves. IDS is perfectly happy with how matters are panning out and that, in the process, he has successfully driven a wedge between those who work in Jobcentres and those who they are supposed to serve.

  3. January 13, 2015 1:33 pm

    Reblogged this on John D Turner.

  4. January 13, 2015 3:10 pm

    I would email the JCP and tell them that they are harassing you and not helping you in looking for employment due to having you sign on daily meaning they are hindering you in looking for employment.
    Tell them one thing you find useful is not not used by you because they have you signing on daily at different times in the morning when this place is open and you would prefer a mid afternoon appointment. You could tell them they are decreasing your chances of gaining employment because the drop in centre you used to attend is open only when they expect you to attend the JCP.
    I suppose you could go on one of their so called job points and stay on it all day when they next ask you to attend at 9am only leaving when they close they will soon get the idea if you are forced into daily signing on you intend to stay there in case, as they say, a new job gets posted during the day, which I am pretty certain they only update them at certain times like after the JCP is shut or before it opens.

  5. jray permalink
    January 13, 2015 3:55 pm

    I had to sign on daily,briefly,the JCP did give me a Bus ticket (£4.40) about half the cost I have to live on daily,I found that instead of just signing on it seemed to annoy them if I asked questions regarding positions that might be available,DWP/JCP policy,Training,Educational opportunities Ect,Ect. Asking for clarification of answers given, requesting to speak to a Manager and asking for all answers to be put in writing or recorded so their was no confusion by either party. Am I being a Jobs Worth? If they can waste 2-3 hours a day of my time? Turn around is fair play,be polite,be helpful and be patience,trust me they will stop you coming in daily.

    • April 26, 2015 2:24 pm

      I would tell them that you consider this as part of the so called 35 hours each week you have to put in as job searching from the moment you leave the house to the moment you return home through the door.
      See how quick they tell you you can go back to fortnightly signing on.

  6. April 26, 2015 10:46 am

    Reblogged this on markcatlin3695's Blog.

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