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					Chapter 2 - Eligibility for progress2work and
progress2work- LinkUP
 Eligibility for progress2work .......................................................................... 1
 Eligibility for progress2work-LinkUP ............................................................. 2
 Joint p2w/p2w- LinkUP provision.................................................................. 2
 Benefits ........................................................................................................ 3
 Additional considerations ............................................................................. 3
   National Insurance Numbers .................................................................... 3
   People from Abroad .................................................................................. 4
   Recourse to Public Funds ......................................................................... 4
   Illegal Workers .......................................................................................... 4
 Appendix 1-Documents you can use to verify customer’s identity ................ 5



  1. It is now your responsibility to check a customer’s eligibility when they
     join p2w.

  2. Jobcentre Plus will need reassurance that you have checked a
     person’s eligibility and you will be required to sign Part B of the p2w
     Consent Form to confirm this. (See Chapter 7).

  3. It is also extremely important that you check and take copies of
     documentation that proves the customer’s identity and eligibility to work
     unless the customer has been referred directly from Jobcentre Plus. In
     this case Jobcentre Plus staff will have carried out the checks
     themselves and there is no need for you to carry out an ID check. A list
     of relevant documentation can be found at Appendix 1

  4. You must hold any copies of documentation securely with the
     customer’s records. Jobcentre Plus staff could ask to see this
     documentation at any time during visits they will make to your
     provision.



  Eligibility for progress2work

  Note; this is for p2w customers only, for p2w-LinkUP see below.

  5. Customers eligible for progress2work (p2w) are those fully unemployed
     and disadvantaged in the labour market due to drugs misuse who:

           are recovered drugs misusers;

           have completed drug treatment programmes, or are stabilised but
            still undergoing drug treatment and need additional help to get into
            work; and,
       have been identified by Jobcentre Plus, any other relevant agency
        or organisation as unlikely to succeed in getting work, training or
        taking up appropriate provision without extra help because of their
        previous drugs misuse.



Eligibility for progress2work-LinkUP

Note; this is for p2w-LinkUP customers only, for p2w see above.

6. The p2w-LinkUP initiative is for those who are;

Homeless where homelessness is a significant contributing factor to
    the individual’s labour market disadvantage; and,

Recovered/Stabilised Alcohol misusers where the alcohol misuse
    has been a significant contributing factor to the individual’s labour
    market disadvantage.

   Offenders/Ex Offenders:
       o on final release or;
       o having served a recent custodial sentence (within the last 12
       o months) or;
       o serving a non custodial sentence under the supervision of the
          probation service.

7. It should be noted that within the ex offenders/ex offenders customer
   group we would expect providers, and drugs co-ordinators where
   available, to work with the prison and probation services to ensure that
   the most appropriate customers are referred.

8. Within the offenders/ex offenders customer group we would envisage
   that priority be given;
      o firstly to prisoners on release, particularly those identified and
           referred through Fresh Start;
      o then to ex prisoners who did not complete the Fresh Start
           process;
      o lastly to those serving non custodial sentences, particularly
           those at most labour market disadvantage.



Joint p2w/p2w- LinkUP provision

9. Combined provision is currently being offered in six Jobcentre Plus
   districts. Eligibility for both parts of the programme is as above and it is
   envisaged that the provision will operate with a 50/50 split between
   p2w and p2w-LinkUP.
Benefits

10. Customers should be claiming any of the following working age
    benefits;

      Jobseekers Allowance(JSA);

      Employment Support Allowance;

      Income Support;

      Incapacity Benefit;

      Incapacity Benefit under the Incapacity in Youth rules;

      Carers Allowance;

      Disability Living Allowance;

      Severe Disability Allowance; and

      those receiving Widows Pension.

11. Unemployed people who are not claiming benefit, including indirect
   benefit recipients, for example, a person who is the partner of someone
   claiming a qualifying benefit, will be eligible as long as other p2w
   criteria apply.

12. While a customer is participating in p2w, they will continue to receive
   benefit as long as they still satisfy the relevant qualification criteria.

13. JSA customers, not attending any other type of provision, will be
    required to continue to produce evidence of jobseeking activity at the
    Jobcentre Plus as usual. They are still subject to the qualifying
    conditions for JSA, ie being available for and actively seeking work and
    fulfilling the requirements set out in their Jobseeker’s Agreement
    (JSAg).



Additional considerations
National Insurance Numbers

14. In all instances where a customer has a valid National Insurance
    Number (NINO), it must be inserted clearly in the relevant box on any
    forms.
15. If a customer does not have a NINO, you should not create your own
   temporary number within any forms requesting this information, you
   should leave a blank space until a NINO has been assigned.

16. The customer should apply for a NINO by ringing the NINO Allocation
    Line - 0845 600 0643 between 8.00am and 6.00pm, Monday to
    Friday.



People from Abroad

17. There are various visas and work permits available to non-UK citizens.

18. It is very important that you complete the necessary checks to ensure
    that all customers have recourse to public funds and the legal right to
    work in the UK. You must check, and take copies of, relevant
    documentation at the outset and hold copies securely with the
    customer’s records. See Appendix 1 for documents that can be used to
    support someone’s identity.

19. Please note; From 25 November 2008 compulsory Identity Cards will
    be issued to foreign nationals from outside the EEA and Switzerland
    who apply for an extension to their stay in the UK as students, or as
    husbands, wives or civil partners of permanent residents. These
    Identity cards are acceptable as proof of identity, nationality and
    immigration status in the UK.



Recourse to Public Funds

20. If a person does not have recourse to public funds they would not
    normally have access to Jobcentre Plus provision and services such as
    p2w. The Borders & Immigration Agency provides you with a definition
    of public funds.



Illegal Workers

21. In February 2008 there were changes to the law regarding illegal
    workers and you should familiarise yourself with these changes
    alongside the eligibility criteria for p2w.

22. The UK Border Agency has a helpline to support employers -
    Telephone: 0845 010 6677 or you can find more information about
    the UK Border Agency Helpline here.

23. Employers now face stiff penalties (£10k per illegal worker) if they are
    found to be employing illegal immigrant workers. Those who have
    supplied the worker can also be at risk of prosecution.
                                                               Appendix 1

Documents you can use to verify customer’s identity

Documents that can be used to support verification of the
customer’s/partner’s identity are:

   Valid passport or Identity Card ( two or more passports if of dual or
    multi nationality);
   Full/Provisional driving licence;
   Home Office documents;
   Work permit;
   Letter from employer or contract of employment;
   Payslips;
   Mortgage or rental agreement, including residing address;
   Marriage certificate (photocopies of British marriage certificates are not
    acceptable);
   Birth certificate (photocopies of British birth certificates are not
    acceptable);
   Student loan documentation;
   Certificate of incorporation;
   Memorandum of association;
   Articles of association;
   Stock transfer form;
   Schedule D taxation form;
   Services contract;
   Invoices;
   Letter from accountant;
   Letter from college, including type and length of course and weekly
    hours;
   Student ID card.

Note 1: This list is not exhaustive, nor is any single piece of
documentary evidence more important than another.

Note 2: If the customer self-refers to p2w or is referred from a source
other than Jobcentre Plus and they are unable to produce any of the
documents listed above, a letter of benefit entitlement or a JSA
signing booklet is acceptable as evidence of their ID. However, the
customer must provide you with written assurance that they are the
person in the letter or on the signing card.

The UK Border Agency telephone helpline service offers a dedicated
service for sponsors and employers:

Phone: 0845 010 6677

				
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