Regular Boards poster here, haven't logged in...this might be long.
I received a UP19 form from SW in the post today. I have absolutely no idea what this is for. I've been unemployed 11 months now, with a brief period of work in the middle - but it was so brief they simply continued my original claim and didn't start a new one when I signed back on.
They've given me an appointment to go the SW office in the next couple of weeks, with this form. The letter doesn't say what it's supposed to be for or anything. The form itself has questions such as:
Do you have a CV (YES!)
What kind of qualifications do you have (numerous)
Are you free to take up work (YES!)
Have you registered with FAS (YES!)
What have you done to find work since you began signing for JSA/JSB (Speechless!)
Why do you think you have not succeeded in getting work. (I have no answer for this that would be polite)
And a whole table to fill in the details of "where you've recently applied to for work".
Since letters like this make me boiling mad, I have printed out every single application and rejection letter I have received since I signed on again earlier this year. I have listed every single qualification that I have and I have also printed out any email, be it ever so slight, that made any contact with anyone regarding work. In short, I'm going to hit them with so much paperwork that they'll be sorry they asked.
BUT - my questions are....does anyone have previous experience of this form, and if you do, could you please tell me what the point of all this is? And secondly, how on earth am I supposed to answer a question like "why do you think you have not succeeded in getting work"?? The answers to that question are numerous and obvious - because there are not enough jobs/because I'm a civil engineer and there are no jobs in my field/because when I apply for anything else I'm told I'm "over-qualified" or "don't have the right experience (be it for management right down to stacking shelves)"/because all the letters in the world that the SW send out are not going to magically create enough jobs.....
How do I answer it in such a way that is polite and not stating the blindingly obvious?? What exactly are they looking for with all this?