45% rise in sanctions leaves more jobseekers destitute

Wed, 06/11/2013 - 13:32 -- nick

A big rise in the number of sanction referrals handed out by jobcentres and other advisors means more jobseekers have moved into destitution.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has today released figures for sanctions - the act of removing benefits for a perceived offence - showing more have had money removed than ever before.

In 2011 - itself a record year - 1.34 million sanctions were handed out.

Jobseekers 2 government 0 - Duncan Smith loses Poundland case again

Wed, 30/10/2013 - 13:00 -- nick

The government has lost the Poundland case for a second time as the UK's supreme court threw out its appeal - but appeared not to know it had happened.

The case concerned forced work experience and was brought by Cait Reilly, a graduate who claimed she had been unlawfully made to work in the budget high street chain.

Reilly believed her human rights had been breached, but the original ruling did not support this.

Too many jobseeker's CVs stop them getting work

Mon, 23/09/2013 - 12:28 -- nick

Jobseekers are hurting their chances of getting work through common CV mistakes.

According to new research by the National Careers Service, two-thirds of careers advisors reported that sending general rather than tailored CVs was a major issue and could lead to applicants not getting a job.

More than 60% said spelling mistakes were common, while three-quarters pointed to a failure to highlight strengths as being a key error.

Two-thirds said CVs were often the wrong length, but a third of jobseekers said they did not believe they had ever made a mistake on their CVs.

Ebay jobseeker left on shelf after attracting no bids

Tue, 16/07/2013 - 13:33 -- nick

A jobless man who listed himself on online auction site ebay with a starting price of 99p has attracted no bids.

Following other resourceful jobseekers' leads, including standing on the side of the road with a sandwich board and handing out a CV to every business in a town, Steve Sewell from Barrow-in-Furness tried to drum up interest in hiring him having found it difficult to get work after losing his job.

MPs pay rise higher than a whole year's Jobseeker's Allowance

Thu, 11/07/2013 - 15:54 -- nick

MPs are to get a 10% pay rise of over £6,000 at a time when they have capped benefit rises to 1% over the next three years.

The inflation-busting increase - prices are only rising by 2.7% each year - means politicians will get a higher rise than the total a Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) claimant gets in a year.

JSA pays £71.70 per week, or £3,728.40 each year, not much more than half of the MP's rise.

Work Programme failing homeless people

Fri, 28/06/2013 - 14:01 -- nick

The Work Programme is failing in its attempts to support homeless people into work.

That is the stark warning from Peter Watson, a former drug addict and homeless man interviewed in today's Guardian.

Having cleaned up after two decades, he was put on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), recognising that he had barriers to overcome before he would be ready for work.

Unemployed people making animated film on benefit cuts

Tue, 25/06/2013 - 13:52 -- nick

Dole Animators, a group of unemployed people, is making a film on benefits cuts.

The group has its origins in a research project at Leeds University, through which fifteen workless people were interviewed about their experiences of life on the dole.

Having formed relationships with each other and researchers, they decided they wanted to take things further and make a film about life within a tightening benefits system, with student animators bringing their words to life.


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