Lesson from Jobcentremole: claim the money you're entitled to
Despite the government's continuing denial, we know that targets are in place for benefit sanctions - the public accounts committee of MPs admitted this only last week - and Jobcentremole confirms this.
The most valuable information mole gives is more practical though.
There are three sources of funding for unemployed claimants that jobcentres have stopped publicising, including:
1) travel funding - if you are asked to come to a jobcentre on any day apart from your regular signing day you can get travel expenses;
2) Advisor Discretion Fund (ADF) - this is in place to help remove a particular barrier to work. If you can make the case that something is keeping you out of work you could get money to pay for a way of getting around it;
3) Flexible Support Fund (FSF) - this money can be used to fund training, travel costs or anything else which helps you get into work. As with ADF, if you can make the case that the money would help you get a job, it could be yours.
The most important thing is to know the money exists and when you could be able to claim it. Your advisor can't refuse to give you the information if you ask them, so make sure you do and make sure you have the information you need.
New jobseekers are not always being given this information, so share it widely in your networks so everyone can claim what they are entitled to.