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Unemployed claimants will be required to use a new government job search website and face benefit sanctions if it shows they are not trying to find work.

The work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has hailed the Universal Jobmatch scheme – which will operate in England, Scotland and Wales – as a brilliant revolution in the labour market. It has already started nationwide on a trial basis. The website was developed by the commercial job search firm Monster UK,.

scheme will operate in England, Scotland and Wales.Currently jJobcentres currently only require unemployed people to look for jobs three times a week, but that requirement is likely to increase now it will be considered easier to seek work.

So far, 370,000 companies and 690,000 jobseekers have signed up, and 425,000 jobseekers have already voluntarily given permission for their jobcentre adviser to access their profile, a way of increasing the advice they get on issues such as the preparation of CVs.

Duncan Smith said it would be mandatory for jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) claimants to use the site from early in the new year, but no JSA claimant would be required to allow their jobcentre adviser to see any of their activity on the site.

The website can automatically alert jobseekers to appropriate vacancies in their area.

The service will not just be open to claimants, but also to those in work, a vital requirement for universal credit, the new integrated benefits system due to be launched in the autumn of next year.

Employers can log on to locate jobseekers in their area and obtain scores that take into account the jobseeker’s appropriate experience, distance of residence from workplace, skills, and willingness to relocate.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) work services director, Neil Couling, said: “This is the biggest game-changer in the labour market in 27 years. It changes jobseeking from a passive, slow process to one that is dynamic, fast and 24/7.”

Since last month’s launch of the scheme, 160m job searches have been made. The scheme is expected to manage more than 10,500 new vacancies and 1m-plus job searches each working day by next August, nearly 80% of the total DWP caseload.

There are no plans at present to require claimants on employment and support allowance to use the system, which will be available to those without a computer in libraries and jobcentres.

The Universal Jobmatch website has been criticised by some who fear it will be used as a means of identifying and sanctioning those not seeking work, or could lead to breaches of privacy. There are also claims that the scheme will be vulnerable to sabotage, as bogus jobs or jobseekers are put on the site.

Duncan Smith said only 6,000 jobs had been blocked off the site as inappropriate and 27 bogus employers removed since the launch of the scheme. He said the scheme would be especially helpful in industries with high labour turnover, such as care services.

Duncan Smith said the schemewould free jobcentre advisers to spend more time with jobseekers that needed intensive help.

The site has a dropdown menu requiring jobseekers to explain why they have not applied for a job and are offered a range of reasons including, “job does not match my interests; is not in my desired industry; does not match my skills; is below my salary requirements; is too far away from my home; have already applied for the job; does not interest me”.

Duncan Smith said: “Jobseekers will be able to turn down jobs, but if the adviser thinks they are pretty specious reasons, he may call you in and say, ‘We think you should be applying for these jobs’.”

Ali G makes a comeback, Ashley Roberts and Kimberly Wyatt on the red carpet and Jack Whitehall becomes the King of Comedy

 

Jack Whitehall looks like a gender reassigned barbie

Jack Whitehall looks like a gender reassigned barbie

There were plenty of LOLs last night at the British Comedy Awards and a festive sprinkle of controversy, too.

Ali G returned to collect a special award for Outstanding Achievement – more than a decade after he was named Best Newcomer at the event.

Obviously the brains behind the man from Staines, Sacha Baron Cohen, didn’t miss the opportunity for some edgy gags.

Making a reference to his gold outfit, he said: “A lot has changed in ten years, times are tough. I’ve even had to start getting my tracksuits from second hand clothes shops.”

Before turning around to reveal the word ‘Savile’ printed on the back.

Youthful comic Jack Whitehall was crowned King of Comedy at the Channel 4 bash.

Other winners include Charlie Brooker, named Best Comedy Entertainment Personality, and Harry Hill, whose TV Burp show was named the Best Comedy Entertainment Programme.

The award for Best Sitcom saw The Thick Of It, Rev and Twenty Twelve all lose out to Julia Davis’s SKY show Hunderby, which was also named Best New Comedy Programme.

The full list of winners follows:

Best Comedy Entertainment Personality – Charlie Brooker

Best Sitcom – Hunderby

Best Male TV Comic – Lee Mack

Best Comedy Entertainment Programme – Harry Hill’s TV Burp

Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist – Morgana Robinson

Best TV Comedy Actress – Rebecca Front

The Writers Guild of Great Britain – Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer

Best TV Comedy Actor – Peter Capaldi

Best Female TV Comic – Jo Brand

Best Sketch Show – Cardinal Burns

Best New Comedy Programme – Hunderby

Outstanding Achievement – Sacha Baron Cohen.

google-map-logoThe new Google Maps application for the iPhone became the most downloaded free item in Apple‘s App Store on Thursday, just hours after its launch.

The long-awaited app launched in the early hours of Thursday morning, finally bringing relief to the millions of iPhone users forced to rely on Apple’s own much-maligned mapping system.

The popularity of Google Maps provided an insight into the unpopularity of Apple’s own attempt at providing a map service. Its launch came after Apple ditched its partnership with Google ahead of the launch of iOS6, the most recently launched operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

“People around the world have been asking for Google Maps on iPhone,” wrote Daniel Graf, director of Google Maps for Mobile in a thinly veiled dig at Apple’s own geographical travails.

“Starting today, we’re pleased to announce that Google Maps is here – rolling out across the world in the Apple App Store. It’s designed from the ground up to combine the comprehensiveness and accuracy of Google Maps with an interface that makes finding what you’re looking for faster and easier.”

Early reviews of Google Maps were overwhelmingly positive. The New York Times described it as “free, fast and fantastic,” concluding that “Google Maps for iPhone is an astonishingly powerful, accurate, beautiful tool”.

The Next Web said the new tool was “pleasantly responsive and feature-rich,” although noted “a few rough spots that suggest it’s been rushed ahead to market”.

The early response to Google Maps is in stark contrast for the widespread despair provoked by Apple’s own attempt at building a mapping system.

Users reported that railway stations had been imagined, the Sears Tower in Chicago had been mislabelled, Paddington Station in London had ceased to exist and searches for ‘London’ directed UK iPhone users to the Canadian London in Ontario, rather than Britain’s teeming metropolis.

Google Maps had been an inbuilt part of the iOS operating system until this year’s update. Apple decided not to renew its licence with Google, reportedly frustrated that Google had refused to allow it access to its voice-directed turn-by-turn navigation and vector graphics for mapping.

 

my first post

http://unemploymentsucksblog.tumblr.com/

No idea what I’ll do with it – but the same is true of this one . . .

Might just fill it with crap pictures – seems to be what most people do on there !

well i need something indoors to do – the weather here is bloody awful

Whilst still “developing my online presence” as it were

 I’ve been listening to the new

GREEN DAY ALBUM  UNO!

Heard in an interview the other day that is one of 3 coming out

so looks like the guys have been busy  : )

http://idolator.com/6661941/green-day-uno-tracklist

If you thought the rock-operatic American Idiot was ambitious, Green Day is upping the ante Robyn-style by unleashing three new albums consecutively. The first is ¡Uno!, featuring the lead single “Oh Love.” (And you don’t have to be fluent in Spanish to guess what the next two albums are titled.) Aside from the album title, there appear to be no tracks en Español on ¡Uno! — but hey, “Carpe Diem” is Latin! The band recently tweeted that the album was finished, along with this photo of the completed trilogy. Now check out the tracklist below.

3 new albums in one year !!

1. Nuclear Family
2. Stay The Night
3. Carpe Diem
4. Let Yourself Go
5. Kill The DJ
6. Fell For You
7. Loss Of Control
8. Troublemaker
9. Angel Blue
10. Sweet 16
11. Rusty James
12. Oh Love

¡Uno! is due September 25.