Good work David. Could you pass on
the address details of the MP(s) that have replied (and those that
didn't for that matter). Off forum if you think it appropriate.
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----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, January 19, 2004 11:24
Subject: Re: Government proposal
Following on the discussion about the proposal
above (to cut jobseekers' benefits if they do not undergo specified training)
I wrote to both Maria Eagle MP, as the Minister in the DWP (Department
for Work and Pensions) having primary responsibility for disability issues,
and copied it to Des Browne MP, as the Minister with the responsibility for
introducing the proposals.
I got a reply recently from one of their civil
servants and I've issued a reply back.
The letter seeks to justify the proposal on the
basis that there are -
"estimated to be seven million adults below the
ability expected of an eleven year old (Level 1) in one or more basic skills
(including literacy, language, numeracy and computer
The letter is unclear about several
aspects of the proposals. For instance:
The way the letter is written I take it that
trainees not only have to attend the training but that they must attain a
who will be exempted from having to undergo
training and on what basis will exemptions be applied?
The resources to be given to a trainee are
unclear. For instance, will trainees be given free use of computer hardware
and software to help them with the training given?
in what way will training be modified to suit
the particular needs of the trainee?
what appeals are there for those who have their
benefit cut or indeed are not exempted from having to carry out
what consultation has taken place with other
I'll let you know the reply I