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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Re DWP accessing claimants UJM accounts

(The final paragraph of this posting has been amended since first publication.)

Privacy conscious Jsa benefit claimants frequently complain that their Jobcentre insists on them giving over their Universal Jobmatch (UJm) password.

Here is a lead in to why it is not a good idea for the claimant to be so obliging on this matter.

Universal Jobmatch: Why does DWP need your permission (consent) to access your account?Posted on 04/06/2015 by The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) says the reason why the DWP needs user permission to access their Universal Jobmatch (UJ) account is because it could be used to have an adverse* and unfair effect on their benefit claims, through benefit …Continue reading Posted in ConsentData Protection ActDWPDWP ProvidersJobsearchJobseekers AllowanceJSA,Personal DataSanctionsUniversal JobmatchWork Search

For a Word article by the now closed-due-to-lack-of-government-funding charity Skill (National Bureau for Students with Disabilities in Post-16 Education) go to 

Note too, that when Universal Credit conditionality is enforced for those whose part-time work and/or other circumstances — including excessive rent charges from a greedy market — they will be subjected to jobcentre scrutiny and extra jobsearch. Thus while jobcentre managers and staff currently get away with invasions of claimant privacy that they are not supposed to be doing, the urgency of scrutinising the scrutinisers is more urgent.

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