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  • donnajunkiedonnajunkie Forumite
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    red_devil wrote: »
    Expect loads of pressure and loads of bullying and sanctions.

    thats the stark truth, they aim to get people off benefits by fair means or foul.
    it does vary from one adviser to another though.
  • red_devilred_devil Forumite
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    Theu ate specialist hit squad people though, their only aim is to get you to sign off.
    :footie:
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    red_devil wrote: »
    Theu ate specialist hit squad people though, their only aim is to get you to sign off.
    while the adviser i have is far from great i havent been subjected to the likes of weekly signing. i havent even heard from them since december.
  • red_devilred_devil Forumite
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    Are you on the post work programme though, been through the work programme.
    :footie:
  • edited 29 April 2014 at 12:04PM
    topaztiger1983topaztiger1983 Forumite
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    edited 29 April 2014 at 12:04PM
    I am defiantly on the post work programme (PWPS)

    I spent 2 years in total on WP

    By in total I mean I was on WP for 18 months then I got a job in a factory which was temporary for 2 months, then I want back on WP for 1 month, then my partner went on to Income Support & Carers Allowance as she was looking after her dad after he had a stoke, then when he was able to look after himself again we went back on to JSA, so I went back to WP for the last 5 months

    So I had my PWPS interview yesterday

    I also told my advisor that I was going to college in September & she said as long as it is under 16 hours (which my course is) then I can go to college & it wont affect my benefit, but I guess it is the old addage "you will be expected to give up you course if you find a job")

    So alls well at the moment
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    red_devil wrote: »
    Are you on the post work programme though, been through the work programme.
    yes on post wp thing.
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    I am defiantly on the post work programme (PWPS)

    I spent 2 years in total on WP

    By in total I mean I was on WP for 18 months then I got a job in a factory which was temporary for 2 months, then I want back on WP for 1 month, then my partner went on to Income Support & Carers Allowance as she was looking after her dad after he had a stoke, then when he was able to look after himself again we went back on to JSA, so I went back to WP for the last 5 months

    So I had my PWPS interview yesterday

    I also told my advisor that I was going to college in September & she said as long as it is under 16 hours (which my course is) then I can go to college & it wont affect my benefit, but I guess it is the old addage "you will be expected to give up you course if you find a job")

    So alls well at the moment
    yes you would have to give it up for a job. however it also may mean they leave you alone a bit and not send you on daft courses. well not any that clash with it. theres no guarantees of course.
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    jayne30 wrote: »
    Hi Topaz

    Did your job centre not mention the new Help To Work scheme that started today for WP leavers ?

    Had a new pwps advisor today and was dreading it and expected to be in for daily signings or refered to 6 months work fare.

    No mention of Help To Work scheme just a telephone catch up in a months time and normal signing.

    Had JSAg tweeked a bit and thats all.

    Been on PWPS since October 2013 so 6 months not sure if those of us who have done PWPS for 6 months or longer are being put on this Help to Work scheme or not ?

    Glad your appointment went smoothly Topaz !
    Same here, but slightly longer on PWPS. I signed on today, and there was no mention of Help to Work. Although my advisor (My fourth!) did mention that she'd discuss a four week work experience scheme offered through the local voluntary sector next time I sign.
    '...luck came to those who left a space for it.' Terry Pratchett
  • ray1971ray1971 Forumite
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    There are no plans at the moment to implement the help to work scheme for existing stock PWPS claimants.The new scheme will only apply to claimants completing the WP post 28th April 2014.
    HTH.
  • edited 5 May 2014 at 9:20AM
    topaztiger1983topaztiger1983 Forumite
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    edited 5 May 2014 at 9:20AM
    I have an interview for a voluntary job at a local charity shop next week so maybe they will leave me alone more, as the have said that the positively encourage voluntary work, before anyone says anything I know I have to declare it, My interview is on the 12th May & I have an appointment at JCP on the 13th May so I will tell them then if I know I have got the job
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