dispatches programme on sanctions

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Fiz

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dispatches programme on sanctions

  • on: 16 Jan 2015 07:29PM

Sunshine

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Re: dispatches programme on sanctions

  • on: 17 Jan 2015 12:27PM
I don't know anyone who has been sanctions but if I did I would mention the the call for testimonies to them. Channel 4 do a better job of covering these types of issues than either BBC or Channel 5 ( >yikes<)

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Re: dispatches programme on sanctions

  • on: 17 Jan 2015 08:00PM
I do know that some of my son's friends have been sanctioned, the problem is, because of the sanctions, they don't have phones any more!

(Mind you, if they asked, I would let them use mine)
Tony.

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Re: dispatches programme on sanctions

  • on: 18 Jan 2015 12:40AM
When you read things like this it's little wonder that people's mental health is damaged by sanctions:

http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/work-and-pensions-committee/benefit-sanctions-policy-beyond-the-oakley-review/written/16165.html

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John Longden –Personal Adviser

A Statement on events witnessed by me at Salford Jobcentre Plus and Rochdale Jobcentre Plus between 2011 and 2013

 

Summary

1.0              Managers at both district level and in the local office created a culture which encouraged staff to view the customer (benefit claimant) as an obstacle to performance. The Jobcentre operations became wholly performance led. Sanctions of customers were encouraged by managers daily, with staff being told to look at every engagement with the customer as an opportunity to take sanction action. I was personally told by a manager to “agitate” and “Inconvenience” customers in order to get them to leave the register. The staff performance management system was used inappropriately in order to increase submissions to the Decision Maker and therefore to increase sanctions on customers. Senior HR managers condoned this behaviour by refusing to issue guidelines on appropriate time limits on performance, which encouraged managers to look at short-term targets above staff development, fairness to customers and appropriate behaviour as set out in the departments own values.

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Re: dispatches programme on sanctions

  • on: 19 Jan 2015 03:15PM
NN,

Working under those conditions in Jobcentre must be horrifying for some of the staff as well as claimants because the staff can see where they will end up if they leave their job.
I know this thread is about claimants being sanctioned but working in those conditions will have left some people permanently scarred and possibly with mental health conditions they are unable to recover from.


NeuralgicNeurotic

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Re: dispatches programme on sanctions

  • on: 19 Jan 2015 07:34PM
Couldn't agree more, Sunshine. Aside from the constant stress of threatened job losses, the .pdf I linked to goes on to demonstrate that the frequent use of sanctions at those particular job centres has created an unsafe working environment for the staff, because of the number of angry or otherwise distressed claimants they're having to deal with on a daily basis.

Not a good situation for either staff of claimants.  :-(

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Re: dispatches programme on sanctions

  • on: 20 Jan 2015 01:06PM
Of course, if someone in the DWP loses their job, it will be on their records and so they will be given leeway and not sanctioned for not getting a letter that hasn't been sent!
Tony.

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Re: dispatches programme on sanctions

  • on: 20 Jan 2015 07:19PM
I wouldn't count on it because if they were a whistleblower and have to sign on at the office where they worked or in the same administrative area, there may be a high level of hostility.
(I'm an obsessive problem-solver, so feel free to ignore any suggestions or solutions I offer, even if they sound terribly insistent.)