Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
Reason for asking
After recently completing a course of full time education in January I began to claim for jobseekers while looking for work.
On my first interview at the local jobcentre before and discussion of anything such as personal circumstances i was placed immediately onto daily contact. under this I am required to attend the job centre when my advisor makes appointments (usually 2 or 3 per week), and email my advisor daily with each day’s work search activity, jobs applied for, and forward all email responses to applications.
I assume schemes such as this are intended for job seekers identified as needing help or motivation towards looking for work. as i was placed on this scheme before and other discussion there clearly can’t have been identified as needing this extra support.
after finding the criteria for being placed on daily work search reviews and pointing out that i had no possible reason to suspect met this criteria and was in need of this additional support I was told this i was not on daily work search reviews but was placed on daily contact not.
After being told that mandatory daily contact is now required for all new job seeker claims nationally, but finding nothing whatsoever online about this online i doubt that they are being honest.
I was told that this is not Daily Work Search Reviews or daily signing but is Daily Contact to help me find work.
The only daily activity involved in this has been informing my advisor of my work search activities daily so that they can be reviewed.
I would not mind if some help was given towards finding work, but just get told that what I’m doing is fine & to continue doing it.
This daily contact is completely unnecessary and I suspect should only be used where there is a genuine need for the additional attention.
What i am asking
1. What schemes other than daily work search reviews are available to job centres to demand claimants are in daily contact with the job centre?
2. Are there schemes or regulations which allow jobcentre plus to insist that people claiming job seekers contact them daily with no reason whatsoever to suspect that they need any additional support?
3. What is the current policy determine which job seekers claimants required increased contact their job centre and under what circumstances each level of additional contact is appropriate?
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