Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Government pilot increases workload at Hackney Jobcentres

Hackney Jobcentre Plus is taking part in a pilot scheme which requires some Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) claimants to sign-on every week rather than every two weeks.

I am one of the 10,600 unemployed people in Hackney claiming Job Seekers Allowance and I was put on the pilot a couple of weeks ago.

When claimants sign-on they are supposed to provide a list of applications/interviews to prove that they are looking for a job.  Jobcentre staff are supposed to check this.

Problem 1

As has been noted (1 and 2) Jobcentre staff often don't have time to check job searches. It happened to me again last week and earlier this year (link 1) it wasn't checked for well over a month.

Problem 2

As noted on this site before, staffing levels at Hackney Jobcentres have fallen as the number of unemployed people in the borough has risen.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) told Blood and Property that it was looking into whether it could provide details on where this pilot is running, for how long and why.

The next monthly figures for JSA claimants are due out this week. Last month this blog looked at the breakdown across different wards.

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