Edinburgh JobCentre Shut Down As Claimants Protest That Advocacy Is Not A Crime

“For some time the whole Jobcentre was shut, with steel door roller shutters barring claimants from entry.”

What’s the chances of those coming to sign on being sanctioned because they couldn’t access the building?

I honestly don’t know what’s wrong with some of these JCP staff; surely they know the law? If there’s never been a problem with an advocate attending, why now? I’ve had this with social services as well. They know the rights, that a disabled person is allowed and advocate and the relevant paperwork in advance of a reassessment, yet they choose to ignore it or make it difficult. It only costs more in the long-run and wastes everyone’s time.

Same Difference

The entire ground floor of Edinburgh’s High Riggs Jobcentre was closed down for almost three hours on 10th September as Jobcentre managers called in police and refused to permit a jobseeker to exercise his right to be accompanied to an appointment. Members of Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty defied threats of arrest and stayed in the jobcentre to support the claimant and the ECAP advocate.

Now ECAP are calling a solidarity demo for this Monday 14th at 9am at High Riggs Jobcentre, when the jobseeker, Adam, will attend his rearranged appointment, once more accompanied by an ECAP advocate.  ECAP say: “We will not be intimidated by the DWP bullies, G4S security or the police.  We will assert claimants’ right to be accompanied.  The DWP themselves state: “Claimants accessing Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) benefits and services can have someone to accompany them to act on their behalf..””

JOBCENTRE DENY RIGHTS

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