DWP Attempts To Increase Welfare-to-Work Companies’ Power To Snoop On Claimants

More on the government’s programme to reduce benefit claimants to endless surveyed and controlled state slaves. The DWP now wants the workfare companies to see the ‘claimant commitment’, the spurious agreement between the claimant and the jobcentre in which the numerous requirements are spelled out. This is so they can check if you’re doing them. However, Johnny Void points out that there is no legal requirement for them to do so, and in fact this would conflict with data protection laws. You are quite within your rights to withhold the information, and they cannot force you to disclose it.

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careless-talkPrivate sector Work Programme busy-bodies like A4e and G4S are to be encouraged to snoop on agreements made between unemployed people and the Jobcentre.

From 23rd March 2015  the DWP sent out a memo declaring that:“it would be beneficial for Work Programme Providers to potentially have sight of the Claimant Commitment at the first point of contact.”

The companies running the Work Programme will be expected to encourage participants to share this document, whilst Jobcentre staff will “ensure they highlight to claimants the importance of sharing their Claimant Commitment with their provider at first contact.”

The Claimant Commitment is the agreement that everyone is now forced to sign as a condition of claiming the main out of work benefits.  It details the endless pointless activity that unemployed people are expected to carry out as punishment for being out of work.  Any breach of this commitment can result in benefits…

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