> The following was forwarded by email and is reproduced with permission.
Hi,I enjoy reading your blog, I felt i had to write to someone to express my astonishment at the actions of Killingworth (North Tyneside) job centre.
My son has just been sanctioned by them. He asked for a hardship form to get some kind of help.
I know he shouldn’t have done but in filling it in he said he might have to resort to shoplifting to survive !
Very much to my surprise at about 6.30pm tonight was a loud knock on the the door my partner answered to be confronted by 2 policemen.They asked for my son by name, they asked if he had written those things on the from.
He said he had because he was very annoyed with being sanctioned, they asked if he was intending to go shoplifting, he said no, they both laughed at the stupidity of the situation, apologized for disturbing us and left.
I just cannot think why the job centre informed the police as no crime was commited, just them being vindictive i think!
Anyway got that off my chest and keep up the good work!!
> John added that I have contacted my MP Alan Campbell and his assistant spoke to my son and they are taking it up with the jobcentre, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens.
I often think I’m immune to being suprised when it comes to the behaviour of some Jobcentre staff, but the fact that someone actually took it upon themselves to contact the police and make a complaint…I think anyone with any sense would see a comment like that for what it was – an expression of frustration, and surely they must have heard similar sentiments many times.
Perhaps it was the fact it was in writing that caused them to take this action. I guess the moral is, say it but don’t put it in writing.
I just hope the police get back to the complainant and caution them about wasting police time.