Category Archives: Know your rights

Know your rights at the jobcentre: you have the right to be accompanied to any interviews

It’s been a few years now since Edinburgh Claimants/Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty got the DWP to admit that claimants have the right to be accompanied to all benefits interviews. But, as something that can potentially shift the balance of power, … Continue reading

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Know your rights in the immigration and asylum system with the Right to Remain toolkit

Like so many other aspects of the state, the immigration and asylum system makes a huge difference to people lives, and it’s also confusing and difficult to navigate, especially for people who often won’t have English as their first language. … Continue reading

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Know your rights on the work programme: you don’t have to show work programme providers your claimant commitment

Via the always-excellent Johnny Void, I found this DWP memo, which has some useful information about the rights of claimants sent on the work programme: “From the 23rd March 2015, we have agreed that it would be beneficial for Work … Continue reading

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Holiday pay and overtime: a few initial thoughts

The recent tribunal victory on holiday pay and overtime feels like a thoroughly unexpected piece of good news. We should never rely on judges, courts and tribunals to protect our rights, but there’s no reason to ignore our good luck … Continue reading

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Know your rights at work: requesting flexible working hours

As workers, the law is often stacked against us; there are plenty of laws that benefit employers, and when there’s a change to employment law, the effect is usually to leave us in a worse position than we were before, … Continue reading

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Know your rights at the jobcentre: saying no to zero-hours contracts

While looking for reports of how the recent week of action against workfare had gone, I stumbled across a useful bit of information from the excellent Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty: in response to a Freedom of Information request, the Department … Continue reading

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Know your rights at the jobcentre: refusing changes to your Jobseeker’s Agreement

Yesterday’s confusing court decision on workfare showed two things: firstly, that it’s possible to use the DWP’s own rules and regulations to trip them up, but also that, since they get to write the rules, they’ll usually manage to rewrite … Continue reading

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