New regulations for mandatory JSA youth (18-21) #workfare, training, maths and English skills

The Jobseeker’s Allowance (18-21 Work Skills Pilot Scheme) Regulations 2014
“The 18-21 Work Skills Pilot Scheme
3. —(1) The 18-21 Work Skills Pilot Scheme is prescribed for the purposes of section 17A(1) (schemes for assisting persons to obtain employment : “work for your benefit” [workfare] schemes etc) of the Act. ” [emphasis added] http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/3117/contents/made

Explanatory memo
“Claimants in the two treatment groups” [emphasis added]
Phase One “…skills training in English or Maths (or both) for up to 16 hours per week for a cumulative period of up to 6 months”
Phase Two “work-related activity or skills training (or both) for up to 30 hours per week for a cumulative period of up to 6 months”
The regulations reaffirm that if a conscript does not agree to ‘voluntary’ work/fare [Traineeships and sector-based work academies]  experience  they can be referred for Mandatory Work Activity placements. The scheme is due to start in late November/December 2014

“It is expected that the Work Experience scheme – which is voluntary – will be the most appropriate option in the majority of cases but other options available under Phase
Two will include:

  • Traineeships
  • sector-based work academies
  • Skills training placements
  • Mandatory Work Activity scheme placements

The adviser will then make a referral to the most appropriate option. Some of these options are (and will remain) voluntary, but participation in some form of provision
will be mandatory.” [emphasis added]
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/3117/pdfs/uksiem_20143117_en.pdf

Benefit cuts for the young – secret agreement

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Extensive #BenefitSanctions info: How to avoid, Deal with hardship and Challenge, from @AskCPAG

[From @refuted Extensive Tips on JSA and ESA sanction appeals and claiming Hardship Payments]

Ask CPAG online is a new information and advice service for advisers.

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Benefit changes are killing the vulnerable

“The sister of a mentally ill man who starved to death in David Cameron’s constituency after his benefits were wrongly cut has accused the Government of “killing the very vulnerable”, as official figures emerged suggesting dozens of people could have died in similar circumstances.

Freedom of Information requests [*copies below] by the Disability News Service revealed that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has investigated decisions made about welfare payments following the deaths of 60 people since 2012 – the first time the DWP has tacitly admitted there could be a link.” [emphasis added] http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/benefit-changes-are-killing-the-vulnerable-say-campaigners-9877872.html

*DWP FOI disclosures on deaths (pdf files)
[1] Request about “records held on ESA claimants with a recorded date of death between October 2008 and your most up-to-date figures” [2] Request about “deaths that have been found to be connected to, or linked to, or partially caused by, the withdrawal or non-payment of disability benefits…” [3] Number of peer reviews ’60 since 2012′ [4] Peer review guidance for authors [5] Information from coroners  [6] Peer review guidance

FOI disclosures via:
John Pring
Editor: Disability News Service
Author: Longcare Survivors: The Biography of a Care Scandal
http://disabilitynewsservice.com/longcare-survivors-the-biography-of-a-care-scandal
Email: john@disabilitynewsservice.com
Website: http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnpringdns

Briefing on latest JSA/ESA benefit sanctions statistics – ‘3 million+ get average of 2.04 sanctions each’

Download full briefing [.docx] – view online.

Key points are:

  • The total number of JSA sanctions has started to fall back due to the continuing fall in claimant unemployment
  • As a proportion of claimants, JSA sanctions have stabilised at the unprecedently high levels of 7% before reconsiderations and appeals, and 6% after
  • ESA sanctions have continued their rapid rise, both in numbers and as a proportion of claimants
  • The DWP has still not published any statistics on Mandatory Reconsiderations, introduced on 28 October 2013. However, Mandatory Reconsideration appears to have caused an almost total collapse in appeals to Tribunals. Only 23 JSA or ESA sanction Tribunal appeal decisions are recorded for all of April-June 2014, compared with a usual figure of at least 1,000 per month
  • Non-reporting of Mandatory Reconsiderations has had the incidental effect of revealing lengthy delays in the former reconsideration system. Over 25,000 claimants receiving reconsideration decisions in May and June 2014 had waited at least 6 months.
  • Not ‘actively seeking work’ remains the most common reason for sanction, followed by failure to participate in a training/employment scheme and missing an interview. The only reason to have increased is voluntarily leaving a job or losing it through misconduct. This always occurs during an economic recovery. Increased job mobility is simply a return to normal labour market behaviour.
  • The Work Programme continues to deliver more sanctions than job outcomes.

sanctionsgraph

By Dr David Webster
Honorary Senior Research Fellow
Urban Studies
School of Social and Political Sciences
University of Glasgow

Email: david.webster@glasgow.ac.uk
http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/socialpolitical/staff/davidwebster/

Information Sharing Designation Order: Exchanging your data with DWP, Employers and #Workfare hosts

The DWP Information Sharing Designation Order [*extract of summary below] gives DWP and it’s Providers powers to share and exchange your personal data/information with employers and workfare hosts.

To mitigate against DWP and Work Programme providers sharing and obtaining your personal data, see section 1.1 of http://refuted.org.uk/2013/10/12/withhold/ which could be adapted for other DWP back to work schemes. As well as considering whether any DWP provider forms need signing, as they can and often do include a consent based voluntary agreement to share your personal data.

*Extract

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Notes: Welfare rights law and DWP guidance, in particular, changes frequently.
You may find more recent information via http://refuted.org.uk/category/ or by using the website search facility (top right)

 

Sharing your information with Employers and Community Work Placement #workfare providers

DWP has given Community Work Placement (CWP) providers powers to share and obtain participants personal data:

“The Information Sharing Designation Order will allow CWP providers to share claimants’ personal data:
– Where the provider requires evidence from an employer to claim an outcome payment for a CWP claimant, and/or
– To obtain interview feedback where a CWP JSA claimant has been mandated to apply for a job
– Where they need to share information with a work placement host (JSA only).”
CWP LR02 provider memo: information sharing

This is related to DWP CWP, Jobsearch and Work Programme (WP) providers being given the powers of an Employment Officer and a similar WP Designation Order.

To mitigate against DWP WP providers sharing and obtaining your personal data, see section 1.1 of http://refuted.org.uk/2013/10/12/withhold/ which could be adapted for CWP and the mandatory Supervised Jobsearch Pilot. As well as considering whether an DWP provider forms need signing, as they can and often do include a consent based voluntary agreement to share your personal data.

Notes: Welfare rights law and DWP guidance, in particular, changes frequently.
You may find more recent information via http://refuted.org.uk/category/ or by using the website search facility (top right)