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Can you be forced to go to a job club? 12 Jun 2018 13:57 #8598

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My work coach gave me some leaflets about job clubs and said I should go to one. She didn’t order me to, she just said “should”. But that could mean both an order and a suggestion.

I think it was just a suggestion but I want to be sure, so can anyone advice on this?
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Can you be forced to go to a job club? 12 Jun 2018 14:42 #8603

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Main point here Tufty is, did she record it on your claimant commitment? If not, then it`s not something you must `obey`. I suspect these leaflets are for information only and for you to decide whether they would be beneficial to you. Are there any listed that are nearby for you? Are they a bus ride away and would cost you money to attend? Check your CC for anything that states - "I will attend venues or groups to help me find employment" incase she refers to this by saying she gave you the leaflets because THAT was written within your agreement. Just check it to be sure. If there are no statements like this, then I would say you are safe to ignore the leaflets, although attending a job club for a few hours once a week/fortnight/month just to use their free services could be money saving for you if you need print-outs or free computer use! But determine if it`s actually going to cost you money to go before deciding.
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Can you be forced to go to a job club? 12 Jun 2018 15:18 #8605

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Thanks.

No my CC doesn't say anything about job clubs etc. If I went to one out of curiosity (there is one not far from me) will the job club notify my work coach that I went to it, causing her at some future date, when my CC is being updated, to include job club attendance on it. She may do that and refuse to remove it if I say I don't want it there. She may say that what's the problem seeing as I went to it once and didn't find any fault with it then.
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Can you be forced to go to a job club? 12 Jun 2018 15:29 #8606

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If the job club are independent of the job centre, I think you will be fine. Some of the leaflets I`ve found in my job centre are just independently run either by charities or funded by local council initiatives. If it`s directly linked to the job centre (read the leaflet - does the small print state a private company or anything on it relating to jobcentreplus? ) This should give you an idea of who runs/funds it. Google them.
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Can you be forced to go to a job club? 12 Jun 2018 16:30 #8608

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You sometimes have to sign a form when you arrive but not when you leave at least not in my experience.

As Comply rightly say's if its not in your CC then they will have to request you go in a more straight forward fashion.

They do this kind of crap to try and cause doubt and worry,i just ask them point blank! Do i have to go or not ? Now show me as to why etc. :evil:
If there are like 50 care homes for example at this gathering and you have zero experience or interest etc you could argue the point just to make their life a little awkward.


Don't forget to reclaim travel costs from joke shop.
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