Every week we hear new stories of how the DWP workers try to trick people into receiving a sanction. We aren’t easily shocked anymore but if you haven’t heard of these tactics in your area please watch out for them. Here’s a few read and note. These aren’t unusual but it’s good to highlight them every now and then.
Only apply for jobs that you know you will be successful in getting on the universal job match website. Now we know that most of these jobs are fake jobs but yes this was a nugget of advice given yesterday. If you apply for jobs that you won’t get then we will sanction you. It’s a no win situation for the client and he got illegally sanctioned. Don’t fall for this one folks unless you possess some kind of clairvoyant ability then how would you know if you are going to get the job or not?
Being sent to a job club that doesn’t exist. Yes this is a newish one. A DWP advisor scribbles down on a piece of paper and tells you to get round to a certain building in half a hour. They run round trying to find the non existent building so you go back to the Jobcentre and they sanction you for not attending the appointment, it didn’t exist. Try and check to see if this place exists before trying to find it it could save you a sanction.
The non existent appointment. Yes they are still trying this old one. Not sending you a letter for an appointment then sanctioning you for not attending. They like to use this one a lot because often they go unchallenged. What’s the point in fighting when it’s your word against theirs?
On universal credit worked all week sanctioned your top up wage whilst on zero hours contract. Why sanctioned? Because you failed to look for work for a further 35 hours that week. Why? Because you were working and you had to sleep. Your advisor says tough the Jobcentre comes first before anything else.
They sanction you and they refuse to hand over a hardship form and say that you aren’t entitled to one. Very wrong and they have been warned about this in parliament. By law they have to give you one. Demand one. Don’t make the mistake of saying b******s under your breath.. This will ensure that a g4s security guard escorts you out of the building.
We will sanction your housing benefit if you don’t comply…. No you won’t and no you can’t. They often threaten this but they cannot do this. Go straight to your local council offices and apply for housing benefit on a zero income basis.
Refusing to accept your form for a mandatory reconsideration of a sanction even though they requested that you hand it in. Also when the envelope doesn’t stick refusing to put a bit of sellotape on it to stick it. All true!
These are just a few of their lame tactics and they are predictable. Always question them and always ask for everything in writing. Remember over 85% of sanction appeals are won. And don’t give up.
See you next Thursday outside the Jobcentre.