After criticism of the census of the unemployed the job centre to check your details regularly. A corresponding instruction was entered into force, said a spokeswoman for the Federal Agency for work (BA) the German press Agency in Berlin.

If necessary, the information should be corrected. The Federal court of auditors had made at the end of February on comprehensive possible detection error in the case of the Hartz-IV-recipients attention. In a hitherto unpublished report by the auditors wrote at the time, the job centre had recently reported about 290 000 people with a false Status to the BA-statistics – 8.6 percent of the beneficiaries. Accordingly, around 115 000 unemployed would not have been as such. The auditors moved according to the dpa report can already be those who are falsely accused and, therefore, too much have been registered as unemployed. The court of auditors was based on a sample of 770 cases in 219 centres.

The new Directive becomes mandatory for the Jobcenter to use on a regular basis automated test systems, said the BA spokeswoman. Found cases in which the Status or the data of data subjects in the IT-System of the BA appeared to be implausible or inconsistent. The instruction was coordinated with the Federal Ministry of labour, local government associations and the Federal States. In March, the “image”newspaper had reported on the criticism of the auditors. At that time, the BA had announced improvements.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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