"Forced onto JSA in ’16 I had to meet with what I consider to be the highly questionable “Prospects Workfair” outfit here in Bournemouth who promptly got me sanctioned thru lies as detailed in a letter to myself within very few weeks of meeting with them. I was about to sue them but DWP reinstated benefits immediately upon my visiting the Jobcentre and easily proving my case. All complaints were ignored to anyone contacted - including the DWP #Prospects #Bournemouth #DWP @dwppressoffice@DisRightsUK @MinisterDisPpl
My horrific and wasteful time with "Prospects", Bournemouth:
I can say with absolute certainty that one of the most unhappiest periods of my life was having to go to the "Prospects", Bournemouth appointments every fortnight, that being part of the contract with the DWP whilst receiving JSA benefits - this, what I found to be a totally dishonest outfit was supposed to "help one find work". The problems included visiting the location for the pre-arranged appointments but the "Prospects" employee I was supposed to see would hardly ever be there. I was moved from having appointments with another employee I was seeing there who manufactured a lie [even written and detailed in a letter to myself from their Taunton HQ] to the DWP which got my benefits stopped via a "sanction". After this nefarious and completely unprofessional activity was proven totally without merit my JSA was reinstated within 10 minutes of my complaining about this activity at the Jobcentre. Anyway, regarding the employee who was never there - I'd traipse all the way up to the town centre location via a 30 minute bus ride only to find this person I was supposed to have an appointment with would be absent - never would I be told not bother going along beforehand as he wouldn't be there, as surely I should have been as a common courtesy, but I would always go along having been led to believe the somewhat pointless appointment would take place. I had to attend, for want of not being penalised for "non-attendance" [one can get "sanctioned" if one doesn't turn up for these "meetings" - a definite "Sword of Damocles" hanging over one's head, constantly] - so for each appointment I had to turn up even when the person I was supposed to see was nowhere to be found - complete wastes of time - and I was still having to attend DWP JSA appointments too throughout this entire nightmare to show my lists of jobs gone for. Eventually I had to report the character as the absences were getting ridiculous - I am disabled and need strong painkillers to be able to walk, but this employee seemed to get a grip on his employment role after that and was there more often. I got nothing from these meetings which lasted over a period of about 8 months at fortnightly intervals - the only thing worthwhile reporting from the entire episode was that this outfit reported lies to the DWP who then believed the lies and sanctioned me, stopping my benefits, until I could prove the truth - which I did. Noone from anywhere actually told me my money had been stopped, it was just left to me, and as I don't check my bank account regularly as it's hardly worth checking, weeks passed until I realised the benefits had been stopped. By the way, this having to interact with this "Prospects" contractor all happened when I was able to enter DWP premises when having to sign on, but shortly after I was barred from entering DWP buildings at all - without a word of notification or notice or reason for such being explained to me, I might add. How anyone expects a JSA client to liase properly with people who act so underhandedly and dishonestly as to get one's benefits stopped via a fake "sanction" beats me - because what this outfit did was actually illegal - one is not allowed to affect a State benefit by telling lies whereby a benefit is stopped being issued as a result, but this is exactly what happened.
Aside from having to waste my time going to their location fortnightly, I ventured for over 1500 jobs whilst on JSA - at a rate of 15-20 per week over an approximate 15 month period - none of these attempts at employment had anything to do with this "Prospects" outfit in any shape or form. There are plenty of work agencies online, and I used those continually. Indeed, when I could've been satisfying the DWP by looking for employment, I was having to waste my time by going along to nonexistent appointments - the entire 8 month long episode was a wasteful exercise that I gained nothing from except migraine, and having to sort out the dishonesty received via the stopping of my benefits through dishonest means. This outfit is STILL sending me pointless letters all the time adding to the pile I already havetelling me their "services" are available, even though I've asked them numerous times to stop spamming me - even issuing "cease and desist" notices regarding the endless letters proclaiming "you can still use our services if you wish"!. This wasting of the taxpayers hardearnt funds is deplorable, but still they continue to harass and annoy - the latest pointless letter arrived today, even though I ceased seeing this outfit in June 2017 - the sooner this DWP contractee is removed from the taxpayer's bill, the better!