James is now destitute following a sanction: ‘It’s bully boy tactics’, he says.

Ann McGauran

James Dearsley, 60, receives a three-month sanction while on the Work Programme James Dearsley, 60, receives a three-month sanction while on the Work Programme
A vulnerable 60-year-old has been left penniless and dependent on food bank support after his Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) was sanctioned at the end of July while on the Work Programme. South-east Londoner James Dearsley received a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (below) telling him that he had been sanctioned from July 29 and that his JSA would not be reinstated until October 29. James, who is already in arrears with his council tax, has spent more than three weeks without social security. This withdrawal of money means that he’s already been forced to use Greenwich food bank twice.

He says the local job centre told him he was being sanctioned because on three consecutive occasions he had failed to turn up for his Work Programme appointment with a Seetec job search support club. The letter…

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2 Responses to James is now destitute following a sanction: ‘It’s bully boy tactics’, he says.

  1. Northolt Park says:

    Off Topic But Worth Thinking About. Just what ”if” and FOR NOW it’s an ”IF” this psychological test appears on the UJM registration site or it becomes part of the site it’s self ie you will be required when logging in too complete said test before proceeding with search on UJM. Then there is the thought that the likes of CV Library and Strike Jobs they too may bring in their own tests. Don’t forget that ALL private companies registered as an Employment Agency must also be registered with the DWP. They too COULD BE required by DWP either that they use the DWP test or a generic version of their own. This could mean that in future if you are in work you would not be changing jobs as you could be taking the test when you do. Welcome to you pigeon hole folks and don’t think of even climbing out.

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