[Picture: Skwawkbox blog]

[Picture: Skwawkbox blog]

I’ve been trying to get information from the DWP about the ridiculous “work skills” and “employability” courses that JSA claimants must attend, writes Kate Belgrave.

Interesting answer from the DWP on the compulsory nature of this… What could be fairer:

“A claimant may refuse to attend a course for the reasons you mention, but the consequence of doing so is that they may be subject to a benefit sanction. Claimants have recourse if their benefit claim is sanctioned. They can lodge an appeal against the decision. As part of consideration by a DWP labour market decision maker, claimants are given the opportunity to provide details of why they refused to attend and within this they could include their view on the relevance of the course in improving their prospects of employment.”

Pretty sure that this is a long way of saying “people must attend these useless courses, or we’ll cut their f***ing money off.”

Bet the companies that provide these courses at god knows what cost think the system is brilliantly fair.

Read more on Kate Belgrave’s blog site.

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