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Have you ever wondered why the DWP ask you to arrive ten minutes early for your appointment? They will tell you its to ensure you are there well in time as they operate a strict appointments system, this is not the case.
Government buildings, particularly DWP Examination centres and Jobcentres have surveillance systems installed. These systems are allegedly for “security” purposes only! Would it surprise you to know you are under observation from the moment you enter either of the above and continue to be so until you leave? Oh no, here she/he goes again I hear you say, paranoia or what? Well dear reader, take a look at the ceilings next time you are in there, you will see little darkened glass/perspex globes,strategically placed at all the main entrances, exits and corridors. These cameras are usually capable of picking up sound too. Would you be further surprised if I suggested that they are directional, continually manned (womanned) and can without a doubt record your actions.
Now then, let me set the scenario. You turn up for your appointment early as requested, the nice woman/man at the entrance greets you in a friendly manner, asks your name and having checked you off on the list suggests you have a seat, just over there. Its a low, hard seat, without arms and in full view of their cameras. Check it out, go on, please someone prove me wrong. This is one of the many sources of evidence a “decision maker” will refer to to decide your case, Be warned…
In my opinion, I have rarely been seen on time at any of my visits, despite arriving ten minutes early as requested. My adviser always makes me wait just one or two minutes past my appointment time, presumably to demonstrate the “power” their position holds but mainly to make sure they have ample video tape of you sitting, standing, walking or rising from your seat.
I have now decided to turn up at two minutes to my appointment time, regardless how uncomfortable that makes me, just as a matter of principle you understand. I’ll keep you posted if they say anything…
I’ll be back