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Update on Covid health and safety in jobcentres 18 Sep 2020

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Post by Welfare-Champion on Wed Sep 23, 2020 9:28 am

DWP published the above document on the departmental Intranet two days before we met with them. PCS made it absolutely clear to the employer that we oppose bringing more claimants into Jobcentres at this time as we don’t think it is safe to do so. Since then, the situation across the country has got worse. The R number continues to rise and in the past 24 hours further restrictions have been announced across the UK, including in the North East of England, North West, and parts of Wales, affecting millions of people. With confirmed COVID-19 cases on the rise, it cannot be right that our Jobcentre members and the public are put at risk. This is backed up by almost 80% of PCS members who voted in the Consultative Ballot, who agree with the GEC that DWP should not be extending operating hours in 270 Jobcentres and 21 Universal Credit Service Centres from 30 November 2020 or increasing footfall in Jobcentres on safety grounds.

Increased face-to-face appointments from Monday

The GEC has been inundated by reps and members advising that increased activity is being introduced from next Monday. Work Coaches have been told to fill their diaries with appointments which could be dealt with by telephone or digitally. For DWP to bring 18-24 year-old claimants into Jobcentres is irresponsible as the government’s own figures show that this particular age group are experiencing the highest rate of contracting the coronavirus.

https://www.pcs.org.uk/department-for-work-and-pensions/news/update-on-covid-health-and-safety-in-jobcentres

https://www.pcs.org.uk/department-for-work-and-pensions/news/risk-assessments-for-extension-of-services-in-jobcentres

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Post by Caker on Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:02 pm

So badly timed with the second wave coming over us now.
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Post by Welfare-Champion on Fri Sep 25, 2020 8:51 am

I agree!

A young family member caught COVID-19 two weeks after returning to work as a teacher.

Their symptoms are a cough and loss of smell as well as taste.  Apparently, some people never get their sense of smell/taste back fully, which means you cannot enjoy food as much if at all.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/royal-family/prince-charles-coronavirus-smell-taste-loss-symptoms-nhs-a9569931.html

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Post by Welfare-Champion on Fri Sep 25, 2020 6:44 pm

Parliamentary Questions

Written Question
Jobcentres: Coronavirus
24 Sep 2020, 5:55 p.m.
Questioner: Seema Malhotra
Question
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what her Department’s policy is on the requirement to attend face-to-face appointments with work coaches at jobcentres; and whether any updated guidance has been issued to jobcentres.
Answer (Mims Davies)

In line with Public Health guidance and with safety measures in place across the Jobcentre network, face-to-face appointments can be booked with claimants who will benefit from this support.

Updated guidance has been issued to Jobcentres and is reviewed regularly.

As we double the number of Work Coaches, we will continue to expand multi-channel engagement with claimants, including booking appointments across our network to support people face-to-face where they need it.

Written Question
Jobcentres: Coronavirus
24 Sep 2020, 5:55 p.m.
Questioner: Seema Malhotra
Question
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress her Department has made in enabling appointments with work coaches to be held by video.

Answer (Mims Davies)
Tests of the use of video for appointments with Universal Credit Work Coaches started in July and are currently being tested with claimants and Work Coaches in five job centres across the UK. Tests continue to inform understanding of the benefits to claimants and Work Coaches, to identify where barriers may exist for some claimants and to identify any limitations that may need to be overcome. The tests will inform any future evaluation of the use of video as part of the Department’s operating model.
https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/writtenanswers?search_term=&document_type=writtenanswers&department=DepartmentforWork_Pensions

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Post by Welfare-Champion on Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:24 am

It's complete chaos all round.

I have discovered a local JCP is working extended hours.   Mad


Edit: Further info.

https://www.pcs.org.uk/extended-hours

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Post by jobberpw on Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:01 am

Hi Welfarechamp,

I also have seen the info posed on web about joke shops to open later. This is more about signing people on rather than' supplying people with work' as evidence shows, over the past 10 years their not so hot on that aspect. So, digital some days and times but not in the middle of a pandemic lets get more to visit roach shop what a great idea. Kill more people off to get the JSA figs down Twisted Evil .

And the morons are opening job centres until late, and doing Saturdays from November. All in line with their delusional plans. I would suggest that all WHP companies and anyone else who will be jumping on the Covid-19 band wagon with the circus of ''suitable training'' will no doubt also, be making their premises all Covid-19 compliant: scratch: . Last time I was in one of these hell holes they couldnt even restock bog roll. Health and safety my arse Very Happy
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