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For Maximus Work Programme ‘Clients’ In Yorkshire And Humber

May 20, 2015

 

From ATOS Miracles:

A note for anyone who is on ESA or JSA and taking part, forcibly or otherwise, in the Work Programme, in the Yorkshire and Humber region, whose provider is Maximus.
On 02 February 2015, Maximus took over this area, however, due to an oversight, they were not given the lawful authority to mandate people to attend appointments or participate in their activities.
Consequently, should you have been sanctioned due to a WORK PROGRAMME failure, in this area, by Maxiumus, and the failure occurred between 02 February and 06 May this year, The DWP MUST overturn this decision, as it has no standing in law. If this applies to you, phone your Jobcentre and enquire with them.
Whilst this page generally deals with ESA claimants, I would ask that people share this with other benefit related pages of which they may be members, even though this is a JSA related point.
Maximus in the Yorkshire and Humber region have NOT been awarded EMPLYOMENT OFFICER status, consequently they cannot force you to apply for a job, but more importantly, they cannot raise a case against you for REFUSING EMPLOYMENT.
The DWP has instructed its staff to cancel any of the above sanction referrals, or revise any decisions which are incorrect as a result of the above oversights. Doubtless, some cases will fall through the cracks, so please check.
This is rather embarrassing for the DWP, and they don’t want it broadcasting widely, hence one of their ‘LINES TO TAKE’ (I always feel this phrase should have the ‘N’ omitted):
“There are no communications planned to inform claimants of this issue. LMDMs may receive enquiries from claimants (or Jobcentres on behalf of claimants) asking why a sanction has been (unexpectedly) overturned. The claimant should not be informed that there was no legal framework to mandate but advised that the Department has the authority to reconsider a sanction decision at any point in time.”
Consequently I would, in the interest of open government, ask you to share far and wide.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. jray permalink
    May 20, 2015 12:44 pm

    quick question? If a Provider is awarded Employment Officer status,can they then allow their subcontractors the same power?

  2. May 20, 2015 3:18 pm

    I personally don’t think they can they have to refer it back to them and then sanction the person so I would go after the full transcript of the meeting with a third party provider, including any remarks made by them afterwards. I would send them a request for the info as such:
    On (DATE) I attended a WFI/Work program interview at (TIME/PLACE) as a result of which I was sanctioned by the DWP/JC+ and as such I request a copy of all emails, written communication between Maximus, the third party provider, and the DWP/JC+. On receipt of the information I will check it with my audio records as to ascertain it is a true and accurate copy of events.Please do not hold back any information that you may rely on at a later date or another prosecution will be bought against the DWP.
    Further to this I reserve the right to put in a complaint about either the service provider, person associated with the third party provider, Maximus or the DWP after I have reviewed the information.

    YOURS

    (SIGNED)

    Letters like this seem to spook the DWP I know I complained to them once about getting an ESA50 2 months before the date on the ESA72 I sent it back BLANK with a copy of page 2 of the ESA72, which they have now altered and removed any reference to a reassessment contact been after a date.

    If you were sanction before they were given their employment officer status them request all the money be paid back plus compensation

  3. May 20, 2015 4:55 pm

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  4. May 21, 2015 8:19 am

    Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

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