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    I'm 21 and graduated last summer and have been seriously looking for work for ~2 months.

    I signed up for Jobseekers a couple of weeks ago and was told that I had to sign up to the 'Day One Support' scheme in order to be entitled to any jobseekers allowance. It's compulsory in parts of London if you don't have 6 months full-time employment after leaving education.

    http://www.dwp.gov.uk/esf/news/day-o...g-people.shtml

    This compulsory scheme involves working for 30 hours a week for 13 weeks in order to get any benefit money. So, I am presented with the choice of working for £1.75/hour or committing petty crime to feed myself.

    I've been given a placement at a Library, which is fine and I am happy to volunteer there. I've been looking for volunteer opportunities anyway to improve my CV and help add some structure to my life. I was hoping to spend ~10hrs a week volunteering.

    But this 30 hour scheme is a massive time/energy drain, which leaves me far less time to search for jobs. I've been doing alright, have had a few interviews. Especially in the past couple of weeks, I seem to have got the hang of how to write a good CV/Cover Letter and have really felt like I've started to make some progress on getting replies from employers.

    I've been spending ~20-25hrs a week on my job search/attending interviews etc. and I am happy to agree to increase this to ~40hrs and fill in 30 activities/week into my JSA Diary (instead of the pathetic 3 required), but there is no room for negotiation/flexibility in the system.

    This sort of scheme should be for people who really need lots of help and have been struggling for quite a long-time. I've only just signed up for jobseekers! This scheme will result in me only being able to do ~10hrs a week of jobsearching and so I'll be on JSA for longer, costing the state even more!

    All I really need is the ~£50 to go to interviews and eat, the chance to do some volunteer programmes once or twice a week and I wouldn't mind doing an Advanced Excel course which would help me to get some of the jobs I'm looking for. But, there is no time for this.

    I am considering changing my address to where my Mum lives (in Gravesend) where as far as I know they don't have this scheme. Then I will be able to spend more time finding a job, hopefully continue to help out at the Library (hopefully as an IT Helper as they seem to be short on them) and also get some retail experience at a Charity shop.

    If anyone has any info on how it works in Gravesend or what you have to do in order to get your Jobseekers, please let me know!
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    Mate its a joke!! It's for all new jsa 18-24 claims from Jan. I signed off for 2 weeks and upon signing on again was put on that terrible scheme. I got asked to leave from my placement after a week cos I kept having interviews which were cutting into my 30 hours. The day one support people cdg have forgotten bout me even though they were supposed to find me a new placement and so it's all good lol.
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    (Original post by daindian)
    Mate its a joke!! It's for all new jsa 18-24 claims from Jan. I signed off for 2 weeks and upon signing on again was put on that terrible scheme. I got asked to leave from my placement after a week cos I kept having interviews which were cutting into my 30 hours. The day one support people cdg have forgotten bout me even though they were supposed to find me a new placement and so it's all good lol.
    Ha well done for gaming the system, hopefully I can do the same by 'moving' out of London!

    Would really like some information from those who are outside of London if this sort of thing exists where you are?

    My placement is at a Library, so they seem to be pretty relaxed about me going to interviews which will stop me from completing my 30hrs. I had an interview this morning and called in to take whole day off . I guess they just count me as having done 8hrs today as I was scheduled to do... otherwise it is mathematically impossible for me to do 30hrs!

    In my interview today I spoke about working at Library and how it makes me better qualified for the job... he didn't seem to care whether or not I was working there 8hrs a week (which I would like to do) or the pointlessly over the top 30hrs.

    My job at the moment is to find a job, not working at the Library for £1.70/hr with a bunch of hysterical women earning 5x what I'm earning!

    A national disgrace.
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    (Original post by Habibul Bashar)
    Ha well done for gaming the system, hopefully I can do the same by 'moving' out of London!

    Would really like some information from those who are outside of London if this sort of thing exists where you are?

    My placement is at a Library, so they seem to be pretty relaxed about me going to interviews which will stop me from completing my 30hrs. I had an interview this morning and called in to take whole day off . I guess they just count me as having done 8hrs today as I was scheduled to do... otherwise it is mathematically impossible for me to do 30hrs!

    In my interview today I spoke about working at Library and how it makes me better qualified for the job... he didn't seem to care whether or not I was working there 8hrs a week (which I would like to do) or the pointlessly over the top 30hrs.

    My job at the moment is to find a job, not working at the Library for £1.70/hr with a bunch of hysterical women earning 5x what I'm earning!

    A national disgrace.
    It's a pilot scheme only in South and north London!!
 
 
 
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