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Bullying in Parliament over Universal Credit?

November 7, 2013

Bullying in Parliament over Universal Credit?.

Universal job match

November 7, 2013

Now then I’ve been looking around for a solution to a problem many job seekers now or will have. I have to admit it is a chip on my own shoulder as well. The latest in the assault is Universal job match run by Monster.co.uk, in my eyes its a nasty little website that is essentially a Government/DWP sanctioned Trojan Virus that you are FORCED to use daily as a job seeker, it annoys me because I feel that; Why do I have to fight the system to get a few pittance to help me while I’m down on my luck, and WHY do I have to fight a system that is meant to support me in this time for my BASIC human rights?
Well UJM is the latest attack on that my right to privacy, UJM leaves cookies on your comp for up to 10 years with some of the shortest being up to 3 years, This is what annoys me about these cookies. Normally a Cookie is used to store your passwords and info that’s just handy to have. UJM twist that, its actively USED to spy on what you are doing on your PC. Job centre will try and force you to use UJM, While it is mandatory to signed up and use it. however  it is not legally mandatory to force you to let them view it. So there are a few ways to get around using this nasty thing at home. I’ll go for the more simple ones first. then I’ll go for the more complex ones for the more comp orientated people.

Ok firstly lets make sure you know about what is going on and what your rights are.
https://jobsearch.direct.gov.uk/Account/CookiesAbout.aspx?md=1
Law regarding Cookies: http://www.aboutcookies.org/Default.aspx?page=3
Now then time for things you can do to protect yourself and your privacy.

This is for the less comp knowledgeable persons.

1: if you have a comp at home; Do not use it at home. Go to a work club, or ask your local working programme provider if you can use their computers, and tell them you do not have a computer at home or internet access. They will give you a paper biased thing to fill out instead.

2: Once you are in your UJM go to your account. Scroll down to the bottom there are two check box’s, make sure they are unchecked one allows 3rd parties to have your personal info the other lets DWP view it. If you un check both you not only make it that they have got to ask YOU what you are doing, but you are also making them do their job in the first place. this means they have got to ask you what you have been doing and issue with a paper form to fill out over a two week time. and they will try and bully you into letting them look at it, including adding it to your jobseekers agreement “that you will allow them to view it” I hate the fact that you must view JCP/DWP and their staff as your enemy I really do but the truth is they not there to help you at all they are looking for any tiny reason to sanction you to meet their untruthful targets of unemployment falling in the UK

Ok this is for the more in the know about comp things (follow the last stuff anyway if you can, better safe the sorry) but if you find you are stuck having to look at UJM at home this will help you as well.

Ok the next step is stopping the cookies from staying on your system or even getting there, there are a few things that can aid this.
There are a number of programs out there that do cookie removal such as hotspot,Spy bot, Malwerebytes  and many others, but you can never be sure they have hit the ones you want. Tor internet browser will help stop some of the cookies being stored, there are also proxy sites you can add to that on top such as Foxy proxy and ninja proxy to add on top of using Tor, but sadly you must become somewhat paranoid in a sense to insure your privacy is protected in this case.

Tor internet Browser:  https://www.torproject.org/

Adwere protection and removal programs:

Next up is what you  need to do and check.

How to control cookies: http://www.aboutcookies.org/Default.aspx?page=1

How to delete cookies: http://www.aboutcookies.org/Default.aspx?page=2

Now hopefully this is of help to a lot of people, including the people not so in the comp know. sadly as job seekers on JSA, ESA, Pip or anything else they want to name it we have got to stay 10 steps ahead of them all the damn time, It sickens me we have to fight the system just to make it work, and is sickens me more that the government of the UK is being aloud to get away with social cleansing and slave labour unchallenged. they demand more and more on the job seekers while making it imposable for job seekers to meet the targets they set, there are only 24 hours in a day and what they are asking is for us to work at finding a job for 28 hours a day, no human can do the imposable and its time the government wake up and stopped asking the imposable and unlawful of people.

Email letter from my MP

October 19, 2013

Well I got a response from my MP today. she got a little more out of them then I ever get, but still I’m stuck in a hopeless problem it seems. I dread to think how many others are stuck in this same problem or stuck in something worse because of the red tape and B.S. in a system that is meant to support the most in need. The system was broken before Ian Duncan smith, its now utterly broken with him. it trapped you before, it’ll see you dead now. and the ones everyone hears about the 1% of all benefit claminets, the ones that cheat. Or the extream one where they have endless kids to diddle the system. Those people are not right, but they are not the WHOLE they are 1% of them, the 99% are painted up as being the same, they are not, Most people do not want to live in poverty, there is no bloody way you could live on income based JSA with out being pulled into massive debt, the amount you get doesn’t even cover a BASIC food bill, let alone all your house hold bills, such as, electric, gas(if you have it), phone bills, bed room tax, and with the cock ups and bed room tax CCJ’s on your rent arrears  then you start getting into CCJ’s with water and many many other day to day things. you’ll get so stuck in debt from living on a knifes edge it becomes imposable to stay in work unless for 6 months you do not have to pay rent of council tax and get a bit of support after finding work on a money front there is no way out of the poverty trap which in turn keeps people trapped on benefits. BUT instead of helping people out, they just give you endless kicks while you are down. I would love to start my own business, but because of debt I can’t get the funding. I need around £500 to start up that’s it, but even if I borrowed that it’d be eaten by debt before it even made it to my hands. I did not ask to be in this situation. with the shit I’ve been though I’ve never even got a chance to grab onto a ladder and clime out,  just get kicked in the face and shoved back down.
well anywhere here’s the reply.  I’ve had to copy paste it because word press can’t recognise the file type.
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e-mail Letter to My MP

October 8, 2013

Dear  Sarah Wollaston
I Find myself writing to you in shear desperation because I feel I have few places to turn at this point, So I am sorry to bother with this, but I know you used to be a GP and now an MP so I feel maybe I should trust you enough to tell you how I got to where I am, and how I need help not a slap in the face as I keep getting from job centre and working links these days. All I want to do is feel like I’m worth something not feel like I’m baggage no one wants to carry.

I feel you maybe the only person that might beable to help save for  Adrian Sanders MP for Torquay as well. I am one of the people that lives in your Constituency of the south hams area you cover.  Sadly I have the misfortune of being unemployed  with jobs in my area only popping up in the summer and even then they prefer to take on the 16-18 year olds due the minimum wage levels and polish people who they say work harder then brits. so finding work in my early 30s is a challenge  To this end both my partner and I tried to go self employed But it seems that both the job centre and now working links seek only to prevent this many times we have tried to get on courses that will help us understand how to structure a business plan and with all those other basic things that you need to know that could be the be all and end all of any good idea if you don’t know them.
To top this all off I am also being hit very badly by the badly nick named “bed room tax.” When I moved back into Blackawton from the kingsbridge area in 04 I had been made homeless by my then privet land lord who had kicked me and my now Ex-husband out as he wanted to sell the flat on, lucky I’d had my name on the housing list for sometime and got offered 2 places before the problem with the land lord, sadly at the time they were to far away from my then place of work and then later my mother who was disabled. Then what at the time I thought was luck I was given a 3rd choice for housing but also told that if I didn’t take it they would not offer me another, being as I was about to be on the streets and the house was just down the road from my mother who once again needed my help to care for her, my ageing father and my younger teen brother I jumped at it. Sadly it takes a bad turn from there. within a few months of moving in, things turned bad with my now ex and we split up, he went back to the USA leaving me with all his debts, less then 3 months later both my parents died, my dad with a heart attack and then my mum a week or two later with pneumonia, leaving me with a 15 year old brother with mild C.P. needless to say at 22 just turned 23 I couldn’t cope with it, I dropped out of work, out of Education as I had been doing since I was 16 due to being the carer for my mother. I tried to take care of my brother but with nasty family feuds going on and some nasty slander from an older sibling who effectively told the family I’d killed our mother, which is not true I left the hospital to get some rest after being there all night and because I had all my mothers animals to take care of as well, she’d died in Torbay hospital about an hour after I returned home. so needless to say things became very uneasy between me and my younger brother and it wound up in the end with him in youth care until he turned 18  because I simply could not cope with it all, and with no support from my family thanks to the older sibling I was left with out any kind of income.
It was 3 months before someone realised I had not been seen at south hams lifestyle meetings when someone finally came and  helped. Thanks to all the problems I became stuck deeper in housing arrears, due to over calculations while I was living in the kingsbridge area, then again later when they stopped payments and I had no means of contacting them because I didn’t even have the money for a postage stamp, bus fair and no phone line, I was very much cut off from the outside world. Not to mention being stuck in dark places with in my own mind due to just about everything.  I finally got put onto income based JAS, which I have been on and off of since 06 to present day, I met my current partner in 07 at A4E newton abbot, he could not believe how I was living, I was well below the poverty line as it was costing me £40+ a week to get to A4E and they wouldn’t pay you back until the end of a week by that time I’d often run out of food and they would skim £4 off your travel fare before paying it back.  This obviously got me into more health problems that resulted in me falling down some stairs and just unable to get out to the bus because it hurt that much to walk that hill out to the main road. and shocking still this was while we were still under the labour government.
After a while my Parter just upped and moved in and our JSA became a new claim taking us off of A4E and put us back into the job centre as a joint claim. all kinds of trouble come with joint claims as for some reason their system is unable to deal with it even they don’t know why up to this present day. I’m still in arrears with my rent and so still unable to move to a sadly  smaller place (that doesn’t exists because social haven’t been building places for 1 or 2 person(s)) because of those arrears and with the “bed room tax” (sorry I don’t know what its proper name is) that situation is only getting worse for me.

I was last employed at Woodlands leisure park in 2011 and I have to say I very much enjoyed working again even though it was only a summer job, but I felt like I was useful again, like I was worth something even if it was to just families and kids looking to have fun for a day on rides, every smile on a face meant to me I was doing a good job and that to me was worth more then the low minimum wage I was being paid for the work.
I now work as a volunteer in our local village shop to help out the community because I know how munch its needed out here in the rural back water of Devon. you yourself have had some dealings with said shop. (thank you  very much for your support with that).
Now I see my situation yet to worsen, I understand why we needs cuts and so on, but dose this excuse ill people treatment by people at the job centre and working links? I can’t even get out to my Doctors in Dartmouth as they’ve stopped their out reach surgery, I don’t think I’ve seen them since 05 after my parents died. We have one of the Lords saying the poor need to learn to go with out. Well I’ve been going with out for years, mostly the essentials like health care, food and sometimes Electric which powers everything in the house I’m in including the heating. I don’t bother with the most up to date gadget or designer liable cloths, I get what I can afford from charity shops, had me downs and jumble sales, and even then only after I have saved a few pounds to do it.
But now I find myself in a nasty situation and I am feeling trapped and desperate. Both my partner and I are still wanting very much to go self employed as from what we can see its the only viable long term solution. we asked if we could change providers and be moved to a thing called Project ego, Job centre wouldn’t do that and working links wouldn’t give the referral as out-set can only help if we set up in Torbay.
Now we have problems with appointments and working links in Torbay.
Because according to working links a rearranged appointment (even given a week or more’s notice) is a missed appointment. Never mind that you rearranged it, They count it as missed. That’s one half of my “missed appointments” the other half of these “missed” appointments I’ve got with working links are where they have failed to tell me I even have an appointment with them! Telling me On the day 30mins or more after I was meant to be attending them to me is NOT due notice! and  what’s worse this happens a lot, and not just to me!
I have lost count of the amount of times I have told working links that due to our rural location we need a minimum of 48hours notice to travel to Torquay. This just so we can get the money out from our outreach post-office (and sometimes beg my partners mother for money and give them time to put it in our bank) to attend these appointments.
The reason for that is so that we do not miss the bus that would get us there for the times they set. and sometimes they ask us to be there as early as 9am, that’s a 5am get up to get everything done before leaving the house at 6:30 to catch the 7:05am bus, that often still doesn’t make it to Torquay until gone 9:30am IF it shows up at all.
Now we’re being told we missed another one last Wednesday, AFTER our adviser e-mailed us on a Wednesday telling us we had to see her at 12Pm Wednesday at 11:45am the same day. I’m sorry there is no way I can get from my home to working links in 15 mins I’m a 2 hour bus trip away! Its 2 hours and 45 mins if you take into account the walking to the bus stop on the main road.
so now our adviser as booked us onto a “helping you to find work” course told us its mandatory for Wednesday 9/10/13. Guess what, its our Sign on the same day at the same time as the “course”, and will she help out? NO! just gives us grief that if we don’t turn up the job centre will be notified about the missed appointments! All she’s got to do is phone the  job centre and tell them we’re on a course and we can’t make it to our job centre to sign on and get us excused because well be in Torquay not Totnes where our job centre is. She seems expects us to be able to be in 2 places at the same time and makes our life hell if we say sorry but I can’t do two places at once, or Sorry but there is just no way I can make that time.
I’ve tried the following;
1: complained to the manger (it got worse ad turned into a heated debate)
2: complained to the people above the manager (Life became more hellish with them and I got a letter from working links telling me its my fault.)
3: complained to the DWP (who did the same as the response in 2)
4: asked to change providers at job centre, got fobbed of and got a week of them messing about with my JSA
5; Sent you a letter regarding this sort of thing in the post (got no response so I’m assuming it may have gotten lost)
6: now E-mailing you in the hopes you get it.

I’m sorry to burden you with all this Sarah, and I thank you for your time in reading this. But I really don’t know where else to turn I have already tried the complaints system they have in place, and I don’t feel they even look into it, because the replies come back in far to quickly and it’s like their are just slapping you in the face and telling you to get lost basically.

Yours sincerely
Annabella Laws and David Roach.

Appointment Problems and Working links

October 8, 2013

Been a while since I’ve found the time to post something,

Well I’ve found myself in a bit of a problem, Because according to working links a rearranged appointment (even given a week or more’s notice) is a missed appointment. Never mind that you rearranged it, they count it as missed. that’s one half of my “missed appointments” the other half of these “missed” appointments I’ve got with working links are where they have FAILED to tell me I even have an appointment with them! Telling me On the day 30mins or more AFTER I was meant to be attending them to me is NOT due notice! and  what’s worse this happens a lot, and not just to me!
I have lost count of the amount of times I have told working links that DUE to our rural location we need a minimum of 48hours notice to travel to Torquay. This  just so we can get the money out from our outreach post-office (and sometimes beg a relative for money and give them time to put it in our bank) to attend these stupid appointments. The reason for that is so that we do not miss the bus that would get us there for the stupid times they set!
Now we’re being told we missed another one last Wednesday, AFTER our adviser e-mailed us ON a Wednesday telling us we had to see her at 12Pm Wednesday at 11:45am!!! there is no bloody way I can get from my home to working links in 15 mins I’m a 2 hour trip away!! its 2 hours and 45 mins if you take into account the walking to the bloody bus stop!
so now our adviser as booked us onto a “helping you to find work” course told us its mandatory for Wednesday 9/10/13. Guess what, its our Sign on the same day at the same bloody times as the “course”, and will she help out? NO! just give us grief that if we don’t turn up the job centre will be notified about the missed appointments! All she’s got to do is phone the bloody job centre and tell them we’re on a course and we can’t make it to our job centre to sign on and get us excused because well be in Torquay NOT Totnes (where our job centre is) She expects us to be in 2 places at the same time and makes our life hell if we say sorry but I can’t do two places at once! its damned disgusting and I have tried complaining about this to the relevant places but they don’t do ANYTHING, nothing, just send a letter back saying its my fault! its sickening and I can’t believe their aloud to get away with this criminal practice!

DWP / JCP and Work Programme

February 21, 2013
  1. Some of you may have seen this: http://vimeo.com/59482342
  2. Read about this: http://unemployednet.org/unpaid-work-scheme-illegal-says-court-comment
  3. Found out about this: http://unemployednet.org/no-halt-unpaid-work-experience-schemes
  4. Or even heard this: https://audioboo.fm/boos/1223720-iain-duncan-smith-s-explosive-row-with-james-o-brien

Ian Duncan Smith (I.D.S.) seems to think that work placement is voluntary? Sorry where and at what point are job seekers told its Voluntary? The scam gets in the way of actually finding work; a high court even ruled it’s unlawful. Unemployed are asking for HELP and SUPPORT from DWP and JCP but are instead systematically exploited! If you don’t take place in the Mandatory work programs that they claim are voluntary you lose your JSA. Never mind that JSA only amounts to 15.5 hours worth of pay (they expect you to job search 16h a week remember) but the work programmes make you do 30+ hours a week on 15.5 hours of pay, leaving you no time to job search, study or do your own volunteer work. Yet I.D.S doesn’t seem able to comprehend that JSA is paid to claimants to keep them out of poverty, not to do slave labour in places that are actively sacking staff to take them on as a free work force. Yes that is what is really going on. Unemployment figures are being hidden by these back to work scams. If you are on one of these slave placements and/or scams you are listed as being in education or in part time work, you are not listed as unemployed. That is how they claim that unemployment is falling, which is not the case, their being exploited as slave labour. You are made to take part in these under threat of starving and even being made homeless because they stop ALL benefits. Check a dictionary for forced labour, hard labour and slave labour to see what I mean.

Here’s the letters I got just recently, which start of as if they’re going to apologies for misinformation or some such, only to get a long winded work programme isn’t changing at all.Image

Update on Sainsbury’s Dartmouth Devon

February 20, 2013

So here is the latest in this ongoing madness, As you know David got given a humiliating merry go around From Sainsburys Dartmouth Devon. Told he needs home office proof that he is legally able to work in his home country. It seems some people have contacted Sainsburys on David’s behalf. While this isn’t what we asked for, we do value the sentiment, thank you to those who did such, as it did get us somewhere. We now have a name and number to call in recruitment to discuss the humiliating and stupid situation.

Meanwhile  here is the response he got from Sainsburys Dartmouth. this was yet another slap in the face to David on Tuesday 19/2/2013. Now remember the woman that interviewed David gave him 2 days to get a document they knew that as a british citazen he wont beable to get, because all he needs are: A document giving a person’s permanent National Insurance number and name. This could be a: P45, P60, National Insurance card, or a letter from a Government agency.
David took with him;
His Passport (which isn’t fully valid due to the fact he now lives with me and not with parents)
So he also took with him.
P45 / P60 (found inside a job seekers sign on book)
National Insurance card
He also took with him a utility bill and bank statement to prove where he lived
Apparently these could be stolen or falsified was the reason they were not accepted.
Well given the imposable task he was given, to get a letter from the home office in 72 hours, they rejected him in less then 12. here’s the e-mail. (Posted by David’s request, he also proof reads my posts.)

To (Insert davids e-mail)
From: Sainsbury’s Application Alert (Insert sainsburys no reply e-mail)
Sent: 19 February 2013 08:38:36
To: {Insert Davids e-mail}
Dear David,
 
Thank you for attending the recent assessment for the position of General Asst GA Band 2.
 
While you demonstrated some of the skills we’re looking for, after careful consideration
 we regret to inform you that you have been unsuccessful in your application and 
we will not be progressing your application any further on this occasion.
 
Should you wish to receive feedback, please do not hesitate to contact the HR Resourcing
 department at Dartmouth A2158.
 
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest 
in furthering your career and for the time you’ve taken with your application.
 
Regards
Sainsbury’s Resourcing Team.
  
 
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