Job Centre Farce

My partner went to the job centre on Friday for his meeting prior to signing on. There had already been a bit of a problem as they clearly didn’t know about putting information into Braille for him. When he got there he was told by the person he met with that they had only encountered one other blind person in the last 30 years. Their assumption was that all blind people are on incapacity benefit.

My partner asked for an appointment with a DEA and was told that, although there is one based at Arnold, she has the summer off to be with her children. They were unable to tell my partner when she’d be back to work. They were also unable to tell him how much benefit he’d receive on job-seeker’s allowance.

So, all in all, a very demoralising experience. Its no wonder a lot of blind people don’t even bother to look for work if that’s the attitude they are met with when they try.


About Mel Griffiths

I live and work in Nottingham, England and am blind. This blog is often centred around things that happen to me because of being blind. This is my space to write and sometimes people will disagree with what I write, but its the one place I have in which to be frank and honest. I also like to reflect on the funnier side of life from time to time.
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3 Responses to Job Centre Farce

  1. oh god
    oh god, i was thinking of trying up here for a little while to look. oh my, if that’s what kind of people they are, considering it now. hugs.

    • melspooner says:

      Re: oh god
      What you have to bare in mind is this was the Arnold Job Centre. You’d probably have to sign on at a different one and they could be completely different. Good luck and don’t give up. People are too quick to write us off as blind people and you have just as much right and probably many more capabilities than some, to hold down a job, so go for it!

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