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Jobseeker told to curb interviews

George Lim
George Lim was made redundant in January

An unemployed Derby man has claimed a Job Centre advisor told him to cut back on going to interviews because they were costing too much.

George Lim, a former hotel deputy general manager, was made redundant this January.

He said he had been to six interviews - one as far away as Gloucester - and had been told to curb his spending.

The Department for Work and Pensions, which runs Jobcentre Plus, said it paid for travel expenses at its discretion.

Interview techniques

Mr Lim insisted he had to travel as there were no suitable vacancies in the local area.

He said: "The man who was dealing with my claim came in and said to me that his supervisor said I'd been going to too many interviews, so watch it.

"I want to get a job, I don't want to be unemployed. I've tried all the hotels in the area but there aren't any jobs. I have to find work away from Derbyshire if there's nothing in the area."

A spokesperson for the Department for Work and Pensions said: "If people travel to a large number of interviews without success, it may be suggested they meet with an adviser to discuss extra support and interview techniques."

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