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Faced with the Work Programme? You need to read this

The Work Programme models the “black box” approach: claimants are sent to private companies who are given free reign to impose whatever conditions they want. The DWP hasn’t even stipulated a maximum amount of time that Work Programme providers can force people to do workfare.

There are ways that you can protect yourself on the Work Programme and at the job centre. This is the focus of new website consent.me.uk

Take a look for information on:

  • Retaining control over your CV
  • Leaflets
  • Obtaining information the DWP Jobcentre holds about you
  • Obtaining official information
  • Starting work?
  • Work Programme contracts
  • And more!

Also check out this video for a simple digest of some of your rights:

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Work Programme

Also, dont forget to check out the original "refuse the work programme" website....

refusewp.com

updated to include a 6 step advice on the work programme for jobseekers

Consent.me.uk is an epic website with many great tips and pointers. However, like all other websites out there giving advice, its centred on the data protection waivers...

Jobseekers MUST refuse the updated copy of their Jobseekers Agreement (for reasons stated on refusewp.com homepage).

They must not confirm or deny information obtained from jobcentre plus... this gives VERBAL consent to your data being stored so its makes no point of then refusing consent either by not signing the consent waiver or withdrawing it at a later date (in some circumstances)

That is just for starters.

Veracity

Well of course the author of refusewp.com would want to big-up their website. Has some great advice, but does not back it up with any concrete evidence of effectiveness. End of. I cannot see anywhere on the consent me website it stating it is a non original 'refuse' diktat website.

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DB

When I had my induction, the advisor took all the information before they even give me the consent form to sign.

So as they've already got my verbal consent to have my information, by sending the withdrawal letter of consent doesn't make the slightest bit of difference?

Can't win against the DWP.

Daniel Henry

These tips all seem to be about protecting personal data from the Jobcenter.

I don't get how it relates to the Workfare program. Can the workfare program only be applied if they have your data? Can they not force it on you anyway?

gragolfer

I BELIEVE STRONGLY IN THE POWER OF THE DATAPROTECTION ACT.ITS KEPT ME FROM BEING INDUCTED THESE LAST SEVEN MONTHS .DON'T CONSENT AND DON'T SIGN ANYTHING WITHOUT SAYING YOU'D LIKE TO TAKE IT HOME AND HAVE IT LOOKED AT.GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO GATHER YOUR WITS AND COURAGE.GOOD LUCK