Jobsearch, Work Programme and Community Work Placement provider staff get more sanctions powers – #workfare

DWP issues Designation Orders to make JSA Work Programme, Supervised Jobsearch and Community Work Placement provider staff Employment Officers, normally reserved for Jobcentre ‘Advisers’/Work Coaches.

“Any employee of a Work Programme [Community Work Programme/Supervised Jobsearch] contractor can now legally give directions to claimants
The government issued the Jobseeker’s Allowance (Work Programme) (Employment Officers) Designation Order 2014 on 6 October. This means that it is now legal for any member of staff of a Work Programme contractor to instruct a claimant to take a job or mandatory work experience, on pain of a ‘high level’ sanction of 13 weeks for a first ‘failure’, 26 weeks for a second, and three years for a third” From: Page 10 Briefing on latest JSA/ESA benefit sanctions statistics

FOI Watch: “This request concerns new powers being bestowed on Work Programme
providers and and Community Work Placement providers contained in
the following Orders:

1. The Jobseeker’s Allowance (Community Work Placements)
(Employment Officers) Designation 2014

2. The Jobseeker’s Allowance (Work Programme) (Employment Officers)
Designation 2014”

A Designation Order (pdf) has also been issued for The Jobseeker’s Allowance (Supervised Jobsearch Pilot Scheme) (Employment Officers) Designation Order 2014.

Letters dated 06/10/2014 from Esther McVey MP to the Deposited Papers Clerk regarding documents for deposit in the House Libraries. (2 docs.) II. The Jobseeker’s Allowance (Community Work Placements)(Employment Officers) Designation Order 2014. 4p. III. The Jobseeker’s Allowance (Work Programme)(Employment Officers) Designation Order 2014. 4p.  CWP_Letter.pdf  –  CWP_Designation_Order.pdf  –  WP_Letter.pdf  – WP_Designation_Order.pdf

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