SICK – DWP Staff harass benefit claimants in hospital

A local council in London has called the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) “grotesque and unbelievable” after they discovered claimants are being visited whilst in hospital. One claimant who missed an appointment because on an operation was shocked when a jobcentre adviser arrived at their bedside. It’s no secret Continue Reading

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DWP data shows claimants with a Mental Health condition 5 times more likely to be sanctioned than others

Data released in a Freedom of Information request (FOI) by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) shows between 2010 and 2014, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants with a mental health condition were 5 times as likely to be sanctioned than those with other health conditions. The FOI request submitted Continue Reading

Universal Credit sanctions are just driving people into poverty and towards crime

The DWP says “sanctions” are an important part of the benefits system and it is right that there is a system in place for tackling “those few” who do not fulfil their commitment to find work. But that position looks increasingly untenable. It is frequently suggested sanctions – the temporary Continue Reading

A Million Disabled People Sanctioned Since 2010

A four-year study by University of Kent lecturer Ben Baumberg Geiger & the Demos cross party think tank, has found that disabled claimants receiving Job Seekers Allowance, (JSA), were 26-53% more likely to be sanctioned than claimants who were not.In just ten years they found that; disabled people have been hit with OVER 1 million sanctions.

Universal Credit and Sanctions

What are sanctions? Sanctions are where you get some or all of your money stopped if you are on: Employment and Support Allowance, (ESA), Job Seekers Allowanace, (JSA), or Universal Credit, (UC). They of were brought in by the Labour Government, but there has been a spike in the use Continue Reading

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