Thursday, October 17, 2013

The manager of Barnsbury Jobcentre, Sandra Ademola, suspends our Jobseeker's Allowance

Barnsbury Jobcentre had stipulated that yesterday was our last day on the Department for Work and Pensions' Work Programme, delivered in our case by Reed in Partnership (of Reed), and that today we were going to be interviewed by one of their employment officers in the first of four consecutive days of interviews. According to Reed, we have been outstanding participants on the Work Programme and have always met and exceeded jobsearch targets. They recommended yesterday that Barnsbury Jobcentre give us help with housing and support to find a relevant course so we can quickly establish our own Church and State publishing imprint - we have first-rate help from America to accomplish this.

However, the manager of Barnsbury Jobcentre, Sandra Ademola, wasn't impressed at all, and is taking the necessary steps to have our Jobseeker's Allowance suspended with immediate effect for anything up to a month. The treatment we received from this government employee was so appalling I began taping the last two hours with my Samsung phone to offer it to the Department for Work and Pensions as evidence of behaviour amounting to a serious dereliction of duty. In this tape they will also hear that as soon as Ademola departs, the employment officer we are dealing with presents Declan with a new Jobseeker's Agreement to sign: This new agreement has so many holes in it that Declan asks for it to be referred to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for determination, but he is refused this referral and the interview is promptly terminated, in total violation of Welfare Law; namely, section 10(5) of the Jobseeker's Act 1995, which states that once a claimant requests that a proposed jobseeker's agreement be referred to the Secretary of State, the employment officer must carry out the referral.

It's a pity that Declan sent his complaint to the United Nations yesterday pursuant to Article 19 (freedom of expression) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (see previous blog). But we could not have possibly imagined what we would run into in this jobcentre this morning. Hopefully, my tape recording will result in some sort of disciplinary action, and questions arising in respect of our Jobseeker's Allowance resolved in accordance with the law. Perhaps this is just wishful thinking on my part, but Declan will fight all-out to have this suspension of our benefits overturned. This is Reed's assessment of the outstanding job Declan has being doing despite our trying circumstances:

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And this is Reed advising Barnsbury Jobcentre that we are in need of help with housing and support for self-employment:
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