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  1. Well, just to update, our local MP has been immensely helpful so far. My son sent him a (very long) e-mail, detailing exactly what happened, and asked for help . He attached scanned copies of the hand written documents as evidence. Our MP immediately responded saying he was on the case. The next day he updated us with an e-mail he had sent to the regional Jobcentre office. Few days later he updated us with a prompt reply from the Jobcentre office manager. They basically re-stated everything already said, and noted the decision would be made after the Mandatory Reconsideration
  2. So, today they both attended a Hardship Payment interview at the Jobcentre. They were asked to submit a bank statement. At the time of the interview, they had £275.00 in their bank account as they received their last joint claim payment only 8 days ago, and the pair of them are very careful not to waste or frit away any of their JSA money from week to week. They always try to save a good piece in case of an emergency, or an interview comes up for a job in their field of work and they would have to travel by train, as they don't currently have a car. In fact, they were trying to save
  3. antone, you posted just as I was writing the last message. Thanks. We will look into the proper procedure for applying for Mandatory Reconsideration then.
  4. Hi reallymanwoman, thanks for your reply. During their conversation with the Jobcentre Enquiry Line agent, they asked if they could immediately request a Mandatory Reconsideration instead of waiting to speak to, and hear from, a DM. The agent skirted around the question and "strongly advised" that they should first agree to speak to a DM, who would listen to their side of things and immediately give them a decision there and then, on the phone. He argued that the DM department had already viewed their case, and had taken a dim view of their side of things, and therefore he did not wa
  5. Just to add, they called the DWP JSA telephone line and the agent said that in fact both my son and his partner were being sanctioned, and that neither will be receiving any JSA money from 23rd July to 19th August. Again, this just adds to the confusion. A decision maker will be calling them in a few hours to go over all of the details again, and reconsider if necessary but they don't hold much hope at this stage.
  6. An update: Today my son and his partner both received a letter each from the DWP/JSA. The letter addressed to my son says "We have looked at your claim following a recent change. From 23 July 2014 your allowance will be £72.40 a week. ABOUT MS PARTNER This is because we recently told you that a decision would be made about a doubt: on whether you failed to attend an interview with an Employment Service adviser or officer on the date specified. We have now decided that you failed to attend this interview and that you did not have sufficiently good reasons for doing so. This decision
  7. That is good to hear. Thank you very much for your insight, antone. We will wait to hear the outcome of the decision now. Thanks again. It seems that both of my Jobcentre related posts have been merged by the mods into this one thread now... so if anyone has any knowledge of applying for training funding through the Jobcentre please can you help. My question is in the 3rd post of this very thread... Basically, my son is claiming JSA and wants to do a chainsaw safety qualification. He found a training centre which is registered on the Jobcentre's funding scheme list. His JC adviser ha
  8. Yes, that's another thing which adds to the confusion... He told them at the signing appointment that their JSA would be processed as normal and should appear in their banks on Monday. Therefore, they (allegedly) failed to attend their signing appointment, yet still the payment for this fortnightly period has been triggered as normal.
  9. Just to be clear, the adviser did not want them to attend both appointments on Tuesday AND Friday. They only needed to attend a single signing appointment, which the adviser had postponed until Friday (due to his own absence). The adviser changed their appointment date/time, THEN later told them regardless of this specific instruction, they should have attended on Tuesday (their normal signing day). He also stated they do not now need to attend on Friday. It makes no sense!
  10. My son and his partner are claiming JSA and have attended a few 1 day courses at the local college (First Aid, Health & Safety). These were funded by the Jobcentre and son & his partner did not have to pay a penny. My son has been applying for jobs on rural estates. He has great experience in related areas. The employers have so far all said that the job involved a fair amount of tree felling and to be considered he needs a certain chainsaw certificate, and if possible, a qualification. The course for which costs from £500-600 pounds and is a 5 day short course. My son has be
  11. Hi there. My son and his partner are joint claiming Jobseeker's Allowance. I hope someone who has Jobcentre experience can help me out. We have a two part question - first part is relating to appointment scheduling, and the second is about funding for training. I'll stick to the question about scheduling in this post. Their normal signing day is on a Tuesday in the a.m. However, at their last appointment 2 weeks ago, their Jobcentre adviser told them that he was going to be absent from their next scheduled fortnightly appointment due to a training course he had to attend. So, he said
  12. I understand what you're saying. Thanks again for everyone's input. Hopefully this is my first and last experience as a defendant.
  13. It's not a clear as you make out, or at least, I hope it isn't. If I had been a "dodgy" ebay seller with negative feedback from other users on my account, or if I was a very new Ebay user with hardly any feedback from previous sales, then I might agree with this argument. However, I have hundreds of positive feedback ratings on my Ebay account from other users - both from sales and purchases. I have 100% positive feedback, and have never had a negative one since I joined Ebay nearly a decade ago. Don't forget the very same item was advertised on Ebay. Nobody bought it a
  14. Thanks for the clarification. As the Ebay listing ended in December 2013, i'm not sure if I can find the Ebay advert now, and all the details it contained, but it was listed as used condition & fully tested and working (which it was) After Claimant returned it, it no longer displays any images on the back screen. It's just a solid colour. to be honest, I can't even tell if the camera is the same one I sent, as it was a 8+ year old camera with scratches, marks, etc on it from years of use. *Just checked Ebay and it's impossible to retrieve any information about unsold items listin
  15. Absolutely brilliant, everyone. Thank you so much. Yes, the sale was between two individuals and was not commercial. The claimant contacted me after an Ebay item I had listed ended with no bids, and the item remained unsold. Claimant offered a price and we came to an agreement on the sale that way. I do have one more question... In my correspondence, following their first complaint to me about said item Claimant said he was returning the item to me (without a request fro me to do so) and then Claimant stated at the end of a message to me (paraphrasing): "So, it's up to you then whether
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