Sorry for the delay in reply, I opened up my mail on Saturday to be confronted with 600 messages !
Last Tuesday, I had my usual signing meeting with my "advisor". She has told me that she was happy that I was looking at alternative areas outside Credit Control and general management and the threat to cut the Job-Seekers Allowance has been withdrawn, although not confirmed in writing.
We also drew up a new "Work Plan", which on the whole is nonesense, which makes me feel that the threat to withdraw benefits again may raise its head. I have already filed a formal complaint with both DWP and my MP, Rt. Hon. Simon Burns, who has intervened. Unsurprisingly the DWP gave the stock reply to me that the woman was "doing her duty"- utter nonesense since it is not for her to, in effect, black mail me.
Again I have have copied this to Mr Burns who is following the matter up.
I signed on last Tuesday and again quite a confrontational meeting took place, although the "Advisor" had confirmed that the singing had been accepted and the the would be injuncution lifted. Having checked my bank accounts on Friday (due date) the payment has been received for the previous fortnight's unemployment.
However, I have now been told that I have to sign everyweek from now on, so that I may be "monitored". Quite what that is supposed to acheive I don't know since so far the woman has been far from co-operative and as I mention above to the point of agressive.
To date she and her predecessor have not being constructive in their approach and have been very evasive. However it does seem that Mr Burns' intervention has made some difference. There has been little real support from the DWP relating to alternative areas in which I can work, but at least they have recognised that my damaged back is a real issue, and that my (potential) epilepsy is something which may cause an issue if I were not to disclose it. I have been seisure free now for six years, but still on anti-convulsants, which my Neurologist has told me I will be on for the rest of my life. Further he has told me that I have no obligation to disclose the condition due to the length of time I have been seisure free. However, I am not sure how I stand relating to disclosure and Duty of Care to my fellow workers, should I have a seisure and injure someone.
The above matter relating to my medical condition does not seem to have been taken in to real consideration by the DWP, and there answers have been very evasive to say the least, even the one to my MP.
At the moment, providing no stunts are pulled over the next couple of weeks then hopefully I will gain employment as we are heading in to the Tax Year-end. However, I have still not been given a firm assurance that the threat made by Nusryat (the adviser) will not be made again. I need to be armed with an immediate response, since I have no issues with going to Court.
Ironically Chelmsford County Court is literally just across the road from Job Centre Plus Chelmsford. I can draft my own Summons and particulars of Claim and have no issues with being in an Open Court situation as my work as a Credit Controller has included representing businesses in Court, both as a Witness and as a Claimant at Trial Stage. To that end, I have no issues with pushing the matter as far as I need.
Thank-you for your due dilligence in this matter and if you have any advice upon how I can be pro-active in this matter and whether there are any legal authorities in Statute or Common Law which I can use, it would be very helpful.
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I am happy with your response/advice to date, but if you have any further advice given the extra information provided it would be appreciated.