Thursdays demonstration. Driven to a nervous breakdown and a 70 year old lady devastated.

The poor side of life

As soon as I arrived outside Ashton Under Lyne Jobcentre I was stopped by a lovely gentleman. He said to me that he had been waiting for me to arrive because he had been told that we would be there. He just wanted to tell me his story and to thank us. Here is his story. It’s not unusual by any means, but alot of people just dont see the reality of it all. You wouldn’t believe how many people still ask me what a sanction is. I suppose its the old addage, if it doesnt affet me then Im not bothered.

He didnt give me his name, that’s often the case. As Ive said before claimants want to protect their anonimity, and I respect their wishes. Not to do so would be very rude.

He had worked all his adult life, hardly had any time off sick and was…

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G4S security guards handling personal details and making appointments for claimants!

The poor side of life

Well well well, they are at it again. G4S security guards are under the impression that they can handle claimants personal information. Of course they should not be doing this, as it breaches the data protection act, and neither should the DWP be allowing them to do so.
At Ashton under Lyne Jobcentre they seem to think that they can, and I suspect that this is the case in many more Jobcentres up and down the country. This security guard even felt it was his duty to make an appointment for a claimant, an appointment that didn’t exist. He did not tell the claimant that it wasn’t put on the system, so resulting in a wasted journey.
I will state again that G4S security guards are not allowed to do this. Only a designated employee of the DWP can do this. This breeches data protection laws. If they try this…

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