Jobcentres make official referrals to food banks despite government denials

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:54 -- nick

Jobcentres are using an official process for referring unemployed people to food banks - despite the government's denials that these facilities form part of the welfare state.

A freedom of information request by The Guardian has uncovered a six part flowchart called 'Food Bank Referral Service - High Level Process', an official Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) document that leaves Iain Duncan Smith with huge questions to answer.

Shock new report - MPs admit jobcentre sanction targets and call for improvement

Tue, 28/01/2014 - 15:56 -- nick

A shock new report by an influential committee of MPs has finally admitted that jobcentre staff are working to sanction targets, despite previous official denials.

UnemployedNet submitted a Freedom of Information request on this issue last year, and was assured by the head of Jobcentre Plus, Neil Couling, that targets were not being set.

Cameron wrong on jobcentre referrals to foodbanks, says charity

Thu, 26/09/2013 - 12:04 -- nick

David Cameron's claim that his government has supported food banks has been flatly denied by the head of The Trussell Trust.

The Trust is the biggest food bank provider in the UK, and Chris Mould, its chief executive, said he was “annoyed, puzzled and confused” by the Prime Minister's statement.

Mould said the government had "broken its agreement" with food banks, despite its claim that it had gone further than the previous Labour regime in referring people in need.

Jobcentres should not have a monopoly - IDS thinktank

Tue, 09/07/2013 - 13:21 -- nick

Jobcentres are failing and private companies and charities should be paid to provide competition to them, a thinktank has said.

The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), which was set up by current Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith, has pointed to a current system which sees 40% of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) claimants who get a job signing on again within six months.

Sanctions and low benefits lead to big rise in food bank use

Thu, 30/05/2013 - 12:26 -- nick

More than half-a-million people in Britain are now regularly forced to use food bank handouts to survive.

A report by Church Action on Poverty and Oxfam, 'Walking the Breadline', shows that "some of the increase ... is caused by unemployment, increasing levels of underemployment, low and falling income, and rising food and fuel prices."

Jobcentre staff to protest over universal credit

Mon, 29/04/2013 - 14:28 -- nick

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, which represents a number of staff in jobcentres, is to protest against the introduction of universal credit.

This new system, which combines a number of benefits into one monthly payment, managed online, has been introduced in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, today.

The PCS and staff at the Ashton-under-Lyne jobcentre are protesting at the government's 'demonising' of the unemployed and benefit claimants, believing it should prioritise job creation and support rather than universal credit.



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