Fascinating and frustrating real-life, first-hand account of the insanity of the Jobseeker system – someone who’d found a job told they couldn’t sign off benefits because they were going to be sanctioned for – well, for various things – and then a series of questions so meaningless they must be satire. Except they aren’t. Please read!
My transition from good-for-nothing benefits scrounger to upstanding citizen is only a phone call away. Yes, for the last couple of months copywriting and content writing work was harder to find and I’ve been claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance. Now that I’ve got a regular job again I went down to my local Jobcentre to close my claim. Turned out it wasn’t so easy.
“We can’t close your claim because you didn’t sign in on Monday so we have to take disciplinary action against you. Your benefits have been stopped and it’ll have to go to a hearing,” said Lauren, one of the Job Centre staff.
“But I was at training,” I explained. “And I sent you two messages saying I couldn’t sign in that day. I gave you a message online and got my friend to come in and give you a note.”
“That doesn’t make any difference because you didn’t…
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