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Programmed - the Language of Bullshit

I've been looking over the assessment forms P gave me to fill in. They are, unquestionably, filled with the usual lazily worded profile creating questions. The purpose of which is to pigeon hole me. For example: "what job search activity have you done so far?"

No time frame presented. Do they mean since I last signed on? Since I first signed on? Do they want an accurate record of EVERYTHING i have ever done to find work? Good luck with that!
The first page refers to a self-assessment questionnaire. I have no such thing. These forms are not meant to be filled in by the customer, I'm only doing it because I'm awkward and kick up a stink. Most of this is information P would already have if he'd bothered to read the info that was referred. Of course in truth, he has this information (he must have, he has my phone number and rang me the day before). The questions want to match me up with services they doubtless provide: stuff like CV building, advice on the 'hidden job market' (that old myth), telephone techniques and all sorts of rubbish. Oddly one of the first questions asks whether or not I'd like training, self employment advice and even further education, or at least information thereon.

I've already been told that's off the table. What a joke.

Of course for these people this is their bread and butter. Going through these tedious motions might help some people - and that's entirely fine - but not for others. But that's supposed to be the point of this scheme: it's meant to be flexible and custom tailored to the needs of the individual.

It's just ironic that I have already been plainly told that isn't the case at all, and if they cannot begin to address or approach the health issues I do have then all that stuff isn't worth a damn.


  1. This "individual" plan.. is the same as the last one, and the one before that...They cannot provide any funding for me to study a pttls course. They cannot provide funding for any course.. The hidden jobs market is so well hidden as to be impossible to find.

    1. I don't think there's any such thing as the hidden jobs market, certainly not for most jobs. Perhaps for specialist positions or high level jobs. For anyone else it doesn't even make sense.

  2. MMMM thats interesting, Just had a letter from A4e, apparently I have a New adviser. First it was T, there was a clash of personalities to be charitable, She wouldnt listen to what I said. Then when she went on about what faith I had, that was odd, but then she went on about my weight, how I should get out and walk more, (she knew I had osteoarthritis of both ankles and am in constant pain
    but answer was walk more).. Then I moved to P, he was better, more understanding. Now I have Another Adviser, K only have to see him on May 2nd.

    I am wondering if there isn't something there, either they are passing me around to get rid of me, or something is going on with the staff at my A4e. Very interesting..

    1. probably their usual chaos. perhaps the rest got done for fraud.


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