LETTER SENT TO MS RAQUEL ROLNIK THIS AFTERNOON 21/09/2013. RE: Yet more DWP Illegality UJ Universai Jobmatch (RSVP)

Posted: September 21, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Dear Ms Raquel Rolnik,

I am writing this as a Disabled ex – NHS worker and have been campaigning and getting the word out as much as I can via my wordpress.com blog ‘Human Rights & Political Journal’. Firstly I would like to thank you for your visit to the UK last month it was so refreshing to have you here and at long last someone impartial with the authority to take us seriously as for so long now as you now know since your visit, that the Poor, Vulnerable, Sick and Disabled are being cruelly victimised, persecuted and punished for being genuinely disabled by this cruel, tyrannical government. We being my fiancé and I have been campaigning and getting the word out for the people and for those who are unable to themselves God Bless.

This morning I have received an email from ‘The SKWAWKBOX’ Blog that I felt that I should send to you to bring further awareness of this unjust, lying unfit for purpose DWP via Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions.

Please find the enclosed email I have copy and paste for your reference…

Yet more DWP illegality

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A couple of weeks ago, I drew attention to how DWP minister Mark Hoban was unable, even in a formal response to an MP, to get his facts straight on the law regarding what the DWP’s Jobcentre Plus (JCP) is legally allowed to force – or ‘mandate’ – jobseekers to do.

Hoban thought that the DWP and its agents have the right to issue a ‘jobseeker’s direction’ (JSD) – an instruction that results in a sanction (suspension of benefits) if the jobseeker doesn’t comply – to make jobseekers use the highly-flawed and controversial Universal Jobmatch (UJM) system to look for jobs. They do not.

But it’s not just Mark Hoban’s ignorance. JCP advisers continue to break the law by imposing claimant commitments (CC) – the precursor to a JSD – that are completely illegal – and the SKWAWKBOX has documentary evidence.

I’ve received a copy, from a JCP insider, of one such CC:


This CC is illegal on (at least) two counts. Firstly, it requires the jobseeker to access UJM when, as my article a couple of weeks ago already showed, the DWP has no legal right to do so.

Secondly, it states that no ‘written jobsearch’ is now acceptable and mandates that evidence of jobsearch activity must be provided by either giving the JCP access to his/her UJM account or by providing a print-out of the ‘application history’.

But the DWP knows this is untrue. Not only do they know it to be untrue, but they have stated in their own guidance to their own employees that it is untrue.

A recent Freedom of Information Act response by the DWP outlined at length the guidance issued to JCP advisers on what they can and cannot do, and in particular what they can and cannot mandate. Point 82 of this guidance, under a heading of ‘Actively Seeking Employment‘, addresses the issue of jobsearch activity:

82. We cannot specify to a JSA claimant how they provide us with records of their jobsearch activity and Universal Jobmatch will not change this – it is not therefore possible to require JSA claimants to give DWP access to their Universal Jobmatch account. 

Condemned by its own words – the DWP is fully aware that it has no right to demand any particular form of evidence that claimants have been looking for work. JCP advisers can require evidence – but not specify what form that evidence takes.

Yet this bandit department continues to ride roughshod over even the semblance of lawfulness. And as we saw last month, it has now formalised this lawlessness by decreeing that claimants have no right of appeal if a JCP adviser decides to illegally impose such conditions, even if they result in sanctions which are therefore also illegal.

Claimants can ask for a review by another adviser, but if the second adviser is equally ill-informed or reckless the decision – still illegal – can be upheld and enforced, and sanctions can be immediately applied for a failure to comply, even though claimants would be absolutely within their rights to do so, even according to the official guidance.

I’m tempted to call the DWP a maverick department. But that would be inaccurate. A maverick disregards the opinion and conventions of his/her peers, but the banditry of the DWP is entirely in line with the malevolence of the rest of the government toward any whom it considers lacking, or simply vulnerable to attack.

I hope you will find this very interesting and to enlighten further. I would like to keep in touch so I can send you further articles related for your attention.

If you wish to contact us please do, on rainbowlizzie@live.co.uk or/and joshuachristian@outlook.com

I would like to thank you for listening and standing with us in Solidarity.

Yours Faithfully

Elizabeth Feeney, Miss &
Mr Joshua Christian

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