Department of Social Protection,
Dear [Chip Monk],
I am writing to you about your claim for JobSeekers Benefit.
To qualify for this scheme you must meet certain conditions. For example:
- You must be free to take up full-time work
- You must be making real efforts to find suitable work. Suitable work means work that is appropriate for you taking into account your age, physique, education, where you live and your family circumstances.
I need to know if you continue to meet these conditions. Therefore please answer the questions on the enclosed form and return it to us within the next 14 days.
Your payment will be affected if you do not reply within 14 days.
Name: The Chip Monk
Telephone number: 086 xxxx xxx
1. What educational qualifications do you have?
Second level: Yes
Inter/Junior Cert: Yes
Leaving Cert: Yes
Third Level: Yes
Details of Third Level Qualification: BA Hons, MLitt, HDip, MA [in profectus]
2. Give details of any other qualifications you have, for example, trade qualifications, Safe Pass. _____________
3. Do you have a driving licence? Yes: a provisional
4. Do you have a CV? Yes (enclosed)
5. When did you last work? August 26th 2011
6. Who was your employer and what type of work did you do? The government. Temporary clerical officer.
7. Are you free to take up full time work? Yes
If ‘No’, please state reasons ____________________________
8. Are you looking for work? Yes
If ‘No’, please state reasons why not:_____________________
9. If you cannot find work in your own occupation
What types of work would you do? Retail, sales, service industry, accounts, cleaning, childcare or anything else.
10. If you cannot find work in the area in which you live are you prepared to travel outside the area to look for work? Yes
11. Have you been offered part-time or full-time work since you claimed Jobseeker’s Benefit, Allowance or Credits No
If ‘Yes’, please give reasons why you did not take up this work: _____________________
12. Have you registered with FÁS? FÁS provides expert guidance, resources and training and access to job vacancies at home and abroad.
No, they don’t offer expert guidance, resources and training and access to job vacancies. And yes, I have registered.
13. Have you spoken to a Facilitator at your Local Office, to a FÁS officer or to a Local Employment Service (LES) about work that might be available to a person with your qualifications, skills and experience? Yes
If ‘Yes’, please give details of the advice you got and what you have done to act on this advice: I was advised I MIGHT get a place on a WELDING COURSE in Ballyfermot (a location inaccessible by public transport from my home) in 18 MONTHS’ TIME.
14. Have you done any FÁS courses or have FÁS offered you any training? No
If ‘Yes’, please give details: ____________________
15. What else have you done to find work since you began signing for a Jobseeker’s Payment or credits? Everything I could possibly think of, including beginning another MA at night.
16. Why do you think you have not succeeded in getting work? SEE ATTACHED NOTE:
The Irish economy is engaged in arguably the largest redistribution of wealth in the history of modern economics. The agreed moderate prediction for what our bank bailout will cost is €70 billion. That is: €70,000,000,000.
The average industrial wage before the boom was €36,000. Were I to earn this much money in a job, I would be comfortable beyond my wildest expectations. To put these two figures in perspective, 70 billion euros would give just under 2 million people (1,944,444) a job at €36,000 a year. SEE ATTACHED GRAPH.
N.B. The graphs seem to indicate that in the face of the government’s decision to bail out the banks, I, along with anyone else seeking an average job, am simply invisible.
As the Irish government reorientates its budgets to pay this massive amount of money to the markets to support banks that were criminally mismanaged and utterly corrupt in their methods, it redirects money that was spent on providing services (through human beings who were paid to do those jobs) and developing infrastructure (that allowed people to do things that generated profit and thus created jobs). This increases the number of people out of work and hence reduces the amount of money being spent in the economy and the amount of money available to grow the economy. Hence, the economy has contracted in what is commonly called a recession. People don’t have money to spend. Money is not spent. Jobs are lost. No new jobs are created. Except money is being spent. On our behalf. To shareholders in banks that by right should have gone bankrupt. So why? Why do I not have a job? This is why I think I have not succeeded in getting work.
Please give any details here of any jobs you have applied for recently and any documents you got in response to your enquiry.
Here, I outlined 7 of my most recent applications from the last 2 weeks and attached all relevant documents, including correspondence from employers and notices of rejection.
PART 3 DECLARATION
I declare that I am capable of work, available for full-time work and genuinely looking for work.
I also declare that the information I have given on this form is true and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief.
I know that it is an offence to make a false statement or to withhold information for the purpose of getting a jobseeker’s payment. I will tell the Department of any change in circumstances that may affect my claim for Jobseeker’s Benefit, Allowance or Credits.
Signed: The Chip Monk