My name is Peter Styles. I have been actively seeking work for a year since the company I was working for ceased trading.
Recently I was ordered to sign on a daily basis – a measure I took objection to. Despite this, I continued to diligently look for work whilst voicing my opposition to Iain Duncan-Smith’s draconian and ill-thought out measures.
On November 7th 2014 I was sanctioned by Brighton Jobcentre despite sixty seven (yes folks that’s 67) separate jobseeking actions in the last fortnight. I believe I have been singled out for discrimination for daring to object to government policy.
I have appealed against this decision and put in an official complaint, but am looking to raise awareness of this case and seek a review of the powers DWP staff have to make their ‘clients’ comply with their unreasonable wishes under the current Work Programme.
Anyone who would like to follow up on this story is welcome to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07946 825926.
Also, if you would like to download a copy of my direct action novel, which I hope will inspire protest against IDS – go here.
You may also want the DWP’s side of the story I would suggest emailing email@example.com but they seem to have disabled that address due to the volume of messages she has received (see pic below). Does anyone have complaints email addresses for DWP? Email them and I will add here. Brighton Jobcentre Plus can be contacted on 01273 647480 🙂
STOP PRESS: On the first day of this blog’s existence (11/11/14) it received in excess of 7,000 views, and a whopping 20,000 in its first 60 hours. That’s an average of 333 clicks per hour, every hour. Thanks for all the RT’s, links and messages of support.
UPDATE: Here’s this story covered in the Guardian 12/11 – Man who applied for 60 jobs while protesting at DWP policy sanctioned
And here’s the story covered 13/11 in the Morning Star – Sanctioned Jobseeker turns tables on Duncan-Smith with viral blog
15/11Disabled People Against Cuts reposting of Morning Star – Sanctioned jobseeker turns tables on Duncan Smith with viral blog
19/11 Paragraph about the blog going viral from Centre for Social and Economic Inclusion
20/11 Brighton & Hove Independent – Brighton man says Jobcentre is making it harder for him to find work
21/11/14 Here’s a quite frankly poor piece by my local paper The Evening Anus – possibly the sorriest newspaper in the western hemisphere – Jobcentre’s demands are hindering my job search, claims jobseeker
’67 Jobs’ Posts
Download my direct action novel – can it inspire protest against IDS
22,000 clicks in three days but alas still no work
IDS’s empathy gap – some feelings and situations he cannot possibly understand
’67 jobs’ – Guess what? I got one of the 67 jobs I applied for!