Yet again my life as one of the benefit parasites, the unemployed scum that through fraud and bone idleness cost those ‘Hard working Tax Payers’ so much money has walked up and kicked me in the face.
I’ve been told I am going to be sanctioned. I was told this morning as I went in to sign on, or more correctly I had signed on and walked out of the Jobcentre when my phone rang and it was the lady I had just spoken to telling me I was to be sanctioned.
She didn’t know if it would be in effect for next week or when it would start, nor did she know how long it would last. All she knew was that I was to be sanctioned and it was because the back to work company I am required to attend meeting with, Prospects, had sent in a form saying I was not meeting my requirement to apply for jobs.
To say I was angry, and still am, doesn’t begin to cover it. I walked into the Prospects offices and spoke at some length and with some swearing to my assigned Prospects adviser. Who didn’t know anything about it.
He checked my records and files. Nothing. No reason for the sanction, no notice that Prospects had asked for me to be sanctioned. Nothing. Not a single thing.
NOT ONE BLOODY THING!
Every meeting they tell me to attend, every training course, every CV review, every interview techniques or job searching course. I attend them all. Every hoop, I have jumped through it. Not one single reason why I was being sanctioned.
So he called the Jobcentre and they came back with some more details.
And the whole Situation FUCKING WELL STINKS !
Excuse my language.
A few weeks ago I was told there were job interviews being held for a company called The Range and that Prospects were short of people to attend, they had empty interview spots. So I asked what the job was, I was told they were recruiting Admin, tech support, management and supervisors, helpdesk, sales and security.
I WAS TOLD to attend the interview and to ask about specific rolls there as Prospects didn’t have any other information. So that’s what I did.
The interview was the following day, I arrived, shirt and tie and clean shoes. I sat in the waiting area till I was called.
The first thing I was asked was what I could bring to the job. So I explained that I didn’t know what the roll was and had been told to ask the interviewer which I duly did. His response what that his sheet of questions was a bit useless then. Instead he asked did I have a CV as he hadn’t seen one for me.
I gave him a CV and we went through it, I gave more details on a few jobs and when he asked about the period where I was undergoing physiotherapy I explained about my injury and how it restricted what I could do.
Then he went back to questions on his sheet and I apologised because I couldn’t give him specific details without knowing what the job was. Finally he said the only jobs they were recruiting for were shop floor jobs so I asked what they involved, when he explained the four plus hours of standing on the shop floor and the shelf stacking, lifting of boxes and other things that I couldn’t do without pain or risking further injury I explained again what I could and could not do.
We talked a bit more about things that I could do but in the end it came down to the unavoidable fact that I was physically unable to do the job. I even apologised for wasting his time because I couldn’t do the job. Because I’m like that. Polite and helpful.
He agreed the job wasn’t for me and I left.
He filled in his form and called over the next person to be interviewed.
I heard nothing more and didn’t expect to, I couldn’t do the job, told him so and he agreed.
Then today arrived and after my Prospects rep pushed for information as to why Prospects had filed in a form WP10 to have me sanctioned I got an explanation.
It seems that when he filled in his form after I left he ticked a box about how enthusiastic I had been about the job and he ticked not enthusiastic.
About a job I was physically unable to do, about a roll that he wouldn’t explain to me until more than five minutes into the interview. About an interview where I was honest about my limitations but otherwise answered his questions as well as I could with all the information he asked for.
This single box tick went through the Jobcentre system and was sent back to prospects who had sent me to the interview with a notice that I had been ‘NOT ENTHUSIASTIC’ and requesting that Prospects submit a form WP10 . The form was duly filled in reporting me as being in violation of my requirement to apply for work and that was it.
No one spoke to me at any stage, no one asked me anything or questioned the situation. A box was ticked, the system went through the motions and now I’m waiting to find out if my Prospects rep can get this whole thing stopped. If not then it’s how long the sanction is for and me having to appeal against it.
I have just come from the Prospects office, my rep is going to chase and has phoned and sent an email explaining my side of the situation. He will do what he can but if I don’t hear from him this afternoon I am going back in tomorrow morning when I am, hopefully, in a better state of mine and not swearing or suffering from the urge to punch someone.
So now I wait.
Having been through the threat of sanctioning before because of cycling wearing hi viz I am now back in the same situation. My life out of my control. Stress piled on stress. The black dog sniffing round my legs.
My life turned upside down, torn from my control and thrown into the bin. Because someone ticked a box that said I was NOT ENTHUSIASTIC about I job I was physically unable to perform.
That’s it, this is the system. This is the way we are treated.
Us benefit grabbing scum, the new criminal class that is so hated by our political class and media.
Unemployed and condemned by ticking a box!