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Hey All. I am currently on ESA and have been with Ingeus for 18 months. I have done all the in house courses and my advisor is now banging on about other courses that could help me, with outside providers ie: College courses. There is one course I have agreed to do which is with another training provider (the qualification will help me in the long run).

My advisor pulled out this form to sign which was written in 'legal speak' ie: completely incomprehensible to the average person. I told him I don't understand this but he assured me I was simply agreeing to do the course. My 'suspicion radar' went into overdrive and I told him I would sign it just before the course started and not now.

If I sign this form and it turns out I have unwittingly agreed to do a fortnightly job search (ESA claimants are not mandated to do this) as part of the agreement, what happens if I refuse to do the job search?

Or am I just been paranoid?! Thanks. Mooney.

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Three warning signs that should put anyone signing a document:

 

  • Refusing to give you time to read it properly.
  • Written in gibberish or uses convoluted phrases.
  • Refusing to allow you to take the document away for a second opinion.

Unless you know exactly what you are signing up for, don't do it. You can not be mandated to sign anything, not even the "signing in book".

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Thanks for the replies though after seeing IDS on the news this morning it seems WRAG claimants are going to be pushed (and no doubt threatened with sanctions if they refuse) into part time work anyway.

There doesn't seem to be many JSA claimants doing job search any more at my Work Centre so they obviously aren't making as much money now from people finding full time work. I suspect Ingeus and all the other companies have been contacting IDS with the only alternative.......(to force WRAG claimants back into work so they (Ingeus and the rest) can get paid.

So this time I can refuse to sign the form and they can't do anything but at some stage a refusal to sign could end with a sanction!:-(

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