Hi, I was recently put on the WP after being on JSA for over 6 months. The WP employment and training agency shall remain anonymous but I noticed something very odd after my first two or three fortnightly / monthly interviews with my advisor. I had talked to several other people and they had told me that the agency pressurizes you into becoming "self-employed" explaining that you can still claim some of your benefits and as self employed you will get just over £50 work tax credit each week. The consultants go on to say that this is only £20 less than your weekly JSA, so in effect you can sign off as unemployed, get a UTR number from HMRC and be classified as self employed. Your working tax credit will be back dated and you only have to find 3-4 hours of work each week to make up the difference. The thing I have found is that with me , and I know that the same applies to others with me on the WP, is that they have been forced to become self-employed or threatened to be made to do cleaning jobs ( an unemployed postgrad scientist was threatened with this). The agency have a lot of people over a barrel. Get self employed, lie to HMRC about how much you earn / hours you work, even if you are not working / earning any money; if you do not like this option we will force you to do any job we care. I know a lot of people who did not want to go self employed but were pressurized into doing this. They now have to look for work to top up their £50 working tax credit, and some a forced to do anything that comes, whilst the WP employment agency gets their rewards from DWP. In my eyes this is very nefarious and sly methods being used by the agency. Is this fair practise by the company ? To me it looks like they are exploiting a clever loophole to their advantage and I am thinking of making a complaint to the Job centre. If so where exactly should the complaint be made. I am also thinking about writing to my local MP. I myself have been told by my advisor that he expects me to register as self employed within two weeks or I will be cleaning pubs. He doesn't care what work i get to make up my working tax credit. Somehow I don't think this is much of a help regarding my career progression.