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Jobseekers Agreements Threats

Volume 507: debated on Thursday 11 March 2010

The Petition of Mr. Martin Burke of Elizabeth Regina Love,

Declares that if a person claiming unemployment benefit does not agree 3 types of jobs that you will apply for as part of a jobseekers agreement acceptable to the interviewer and against their wishes, then Jobseekers Allowance will be suspended even if there is little enough money for food; and declares that this a blackmail. Declares that the Department of Work and Pensions and Jobcentre Plus is an organisation that, if a person is 5 minutes late due to the traffic for a meeting and refused entry, is able and willing to and does cut a person's benefit by half so that there is £32.30 a week to live on for the next two weeks, with no information with regard to the circumstances or the consequences. And further declares that a successful appeal 3 months later and 6 months after the event is the return of wrongfully taken money. Declares also that this organisation will also similarly stop two weeks benefit on the basis of a doubt. The petitioner requests a stop be put to these practices and they be outlawed.

The petitioner requests that the House of Commons bear in mind in its law making the above, and that were the question put the House consent to the request(s) in this Mr. Burke’s 8th petition first posted to the House on 29 December 2009.

And the Petitioner remains, etc.