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  1. Just looking for some advice, recently I asked my work coach at my Job Centre if the worst comes and I do face a sanction in the future while I am on Universal Credit, will my housing element be affected as well, and he said yes, is this true? I thought housing element won't be affected while on a sanction, or his he wrong? I just hope I don't end up on UC for too long, I am aiming to get into work ASAP.
  2. Hello there, Hopefully someone can help with this. My understanding is that under the old system, if you had sanctions on JSA but then won ESA the sanctions you had on JSA would not effect the ESA payments. I'm on Universal Credit however, and it's just recently occurred to me that the UC basic payment is the same benefit whether you are fit for work or are found to have limited capability. So any sanctions from before a successful WCA would be the same as after. Is this correct? My story is a bit long winded. I started UC back in late 2015 but was suffering with depr
  3. Hi all Have applied for UC and soon have our interviews. OH is self-employed and works part-time. She doesn't drive, which severely restricts the number of clients she can take on. Should she face sanctions for failing to increase her business, how does that effect our claim overall? Does it just impact on the joint monthly standard allowance? Does it impact on the child element?
  4. Hi, I have a few disjointed questions about benefits fraud - specifically relating to universal credit. Are all Universal Credit benefit fraud cases looked at by the Single Fraud Investigation service? And is it correct that they can only sanction you with an Administrative Penalty now for lower monetary amounts - and not a Formal Caution? And does this Administrative Penalty appear on the PNC/a enhanced CRB/DBS check? Also, who would the Investigation Under Caution take place with? Is it still local authorities or has the Single Fraud Investigation Service taken ove
  5. Hello. I will try and be as brief as I can as this follows on from a thread I posted in the employment section which has now been resolved so I won’t go in to any details. I resigned and get full pay for the whole of November as well as full pay (Gardening leave) for December. Overall this was the right thing to do for me based on the likely outcome. My full pay went in today and will also do so for December as confirmed by HR. I resigned on medical grounds as my A&D got a lot worse and have been to the GP about this and all disciplinary action against me has been dropped. If DWP
  6. When a sanction is applied from what I have read there seems to be a waiting period of 15 days before people who fit into the non vulnerable group can apply for a hardship payment. http://www.cpag.org.uk/content/ask-cpag-online-can-you-claim-hardship-payment-jsa-or-esa you, or your partner, are pregnant; you are responsible for a child under 16 or a qualifying young person; you or your partner have a chronic health condition or you would qualify for a disabilty premium; you are caring for a severely disabled person.; or you or your partner are aged 16 or 17 and are in
  7. CEOs of companies which fail to prevent problems with data security following cyber attacks face having part of their pay withheld under proposals outlined by a committee of MPs, which has also called for disclosure of data protection strategies in annual reports The Select Committee report recommended: Making advice on claiming compensation more readily available. Solicitors to provide advice to data breach victims Checking if existing measures are adequate. Clearer upfront info on cancelling contracts in the event of a data breach. Fines for companies that fail to guar
  8. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/benefit-sanctions-against-people-with-mental-health-problems-up-by-600-per-cent-a6731971.html 609% is a massive increase and shows how flawed the current system is. I have seen with my own eyes how the work program can affect people on ESA with mental health issues who have been found fit to work react to some of these pseudo psychiatric workshops they are now pushing on people.
  9. " The Department for Work and Pensions has admitted using made-up stories from fictional claimants to demonstrate the positive impact of benefit sanctions. A DWP leaflet featured one welfare claimant, "Sarah", who said she was "really pleased" a cut to her benefits had encouraged her to improve her CV. " But after a Freedom of Information request by website Welfare Weekly, the DWP said they were not real claimants. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-33974674
  10. Hi. I had a medical last month with ATOS, and got a letter recently putting me in 'work related activity group' . I then got an appointment with the job centre which I went to last week. It was basically a woman talking what to me, with what sounded like jibberish for 10 minutes before handing me a paper leaflet called 'work programme' , it didn't really have a lot of information on it. Yesterday I got a phone call from another lady from a company called 'prospects' we were on the phone for about half an hour whilst she reeled off bizarre questions which had no relevance to my situ
  11. Received a standard letter template from the Co-op, hopefully attached? However, it wasn't until I re-read their missive that I noticed the wording they used. "Continued misuse of your account means that we can impose restrictions to your banking facilities, including your debit and credit cards, or even close your account" Now considering this is only the second time I have bounced a direct debit, I find their language very threatening, quite how depriving me of £30 is ever going to force me to not "misuse" my account is totally beyond me? After all, isn't the reason why thes
  12. I ain't sure if i can post this here so plz delete if not allowed? If allowed then brilliant because I KNOW that this affects alot of us (even me)! So please sign and let's hope this can stop this bully advisers from doing this! OR AT LEAST TRY TOO! :/ https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/benefit-sanctions-must-be-stopped-without-exceptions-in-uk Make ur vote count!
  13. It Has been announced that the Work and Pensions Committee is to conduct an enquiry in to benefit sanctions imposed by the DWP. Further details: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/work-and-pensions-committee/news/benefit-sanctions-launch/ Anyone who has had to fight an unjust sanction, either instigated by a WP/CWP provider, or imposed by the DWP is urged to make a submission to the enquiry - If enough evidence is submitted, there may be a chance that the whole process will be subjected to a radical overhaul.
  14. Reviewing some of the running live memos issued to all Work Programme providers, and I came across WP138. The DWP have kindly issued a WP08 (sanction referral form) with embedded "helpful hints and tips" along with an "aide memoire". A few nuggets of information hidden in there that could be used to appeal against an unjust sanction - One that springs out is on the issue of posting a Mandatory Activity Notice: If you receive a MAN, the envelope should always be kept and the date & time it dropped through the letterbox noted on it - Worthwhile if the WP provider pulls the "send the
  15. Spotted this thread on rightsnet.org and it might be worth keeping an eye on it. http://www.rightsnet.org.uk/forums/viewthread/6844/ Early days in the thread yet, but it seems, as ever that there's a great deal of floundering and confusion about referrals for repeat ESA assessments being deferred. This is the first mention I have seen anywhere about possible use of the Equality law to defend against future claims of discrimination made by sick and disabled ESA WRAG claimants who are all in the firing line for sanction. First attempt at posting a link, hope it's approved
  16. A friend of mine had a 13:00 appointment with the DWP. When he got there, he was told the appointment had been changed to 10:00. They claim to have sent him a letter, but he did not receive one (I know this as a fact - we live at the same address). Now they are threatening him with sanctions. While he was there, someone else had the identical problem and received the identical threat. What can my friend do?
  17. hi, i was sanctioned for 3 months, but i appealed against it, & won.. could anyone tell me what happens now thank you in advance.
  18. I got sanctioned twice during the last tax year 2013/2014 these sanctions were later overturned will the ni credits which were stopped during the time i was sanctioned untill the sanction was overturned be credited
  19. Hi, first post and I wouldn't normally sound so rude, but today's situation has really got my blood boling. I'm normally the most polite woman you could ever meet. But my JCP advisor has had it in for me ever since I was assigned her a few months ago. Sometimes people just take an instant dislike to one another, nothing can be done. However, she has all the power. She always keeps within the rules and so do I. But recently she's been coming across to me as really insulting, denigrating and suspicious when I talk about my anxiety issues. She dismisses them like I just need to stop
  20. A Selection Of Especially Stupid Sanctions - article dated July 2013 You can read much more by following the link.... http://birminghamagainstthecuts.wordpress.com/2013/07/13/a-selection-of-especially-stupid-sanctions/
  21. Hi, I have some questions that I could do with some advice on if you good people would take the time to read the following. A bit of background first. I have had severe agoraphobia for the past 20 years and am currently on ESA in the support group. I was initially put in WRAG but appealed and won the tribunal that was held in my home. DWP were not contesting that I had agoraphobia just the degree to which it affected my daily life. My retirement age is 66 but I have a private pension that will start paying out later this year. It's not a huge amount and I do understand that it
  22. I signed on this morning and my advicer gived me a leaflet about payments been sent early but don't understand when my payments will go in my bank and just wondering if anyone know from this: Expected Issue date Payment for Period Ending 15/03/2013 15/03/2013 27/03/2013 29/03/2013 12/04/2013 12/04/2013 I know the top one as I signed on today and it will go in my bank on the 20th (on wednesday) But when will the 27th go in? is it on the 29th it will go in my bank or the 3rd? I should signed on
  23. How long do I need to wait for them to decide if I require a sanction I was given a form to reclaim my benefits but that's all she did how will I know what the decision is as it already been 2 weeks without money
  24. Im currently attending Maximus on the work programme.On Friday they sent me a letter saying that i had missed an appointment on the previous day.The problem is i had no notification about this meeting.They did not tell me face to face and they never sent me a letter out by post.I emailed my advisor on Friday about it and all she said was a letter will have being sent out and that it is out of her hands.She also said she has notified the jobcentre. So is there much i can do or do i just wait for the sanction letter from the dwp.How long should i wait for the letter? Am i also sanctio
  25. Hi, myself and my partner have both been claiming income based JSA for a short while now. We've always had the same person in our 'signing on sessions' and have never had any issues until today when we went to sign on. We had a different person from before, and when examining our job search asked my partner if she had been using Universal Job Match. She told them she hadn't as she had better luck finding more appropriate jobs elsewhere. Her job search sheet reflected this, she has always applied for at least 3 jobs every week and had managed about 3 or 4 interviews with diff
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