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Category Archives: Sanctions

My personal submission to the Work & Pensions Benefit Sanctions inquiry

I was going to write a much longer piece detailing what I thought was wrong with the system and what needed to be changed, but after speaking to the Committee … Continue reading

May 17, 2018 · 2 Comments

Benefit sanctioned for not attending 2 appointments I knew nothing about

I can’t quite believe I am here again. Almost a year after having to get a foodbank voucher. I have been at pains to make sure I do everything right … Continue reading

October 31, 2017 · 22 Comments

No, austerity clearly hasn’t ‘restored fairness’ to the welfare system

Simon Szreter, University of Cambridge In an article for The Lancet in early December that was critical of the government’s continuing austerity policy, my colleagues and I argued that contrary … Continue reading

December 7, 2016 · 2 Comments

Dr David Webster: The NAO report on Benefit Sanctions

An important report on Benefit Sanctions has been published today by the National Audit Office. It is available at https://www.nao.org.uk/report/benefit-sanctions/ There is also a technical appendix on the methodology of … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Benefit sanctions are more than just a financial penalty – to many households they are devastating.

A report from the National Audit Office shows that benefit sanctions are randomly applied, while the knock-on impact of sanctions costs the taxpayer more than it saves. The NAO also … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Examples of DWP sanctions and poor treatment

For those of you who follow my Twitter account you will know that I often share stories of people who have been sanctioned or have suffered under the poor treatment … Continue reading

June 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

Benefit sanctions not working in Salford

Benefit sanctions are having a devastating impact on vulnerable people in Salford. Instead of encouraging people into jobs, they are driving people into destitution and despair and putting a huge … Continue reading

May 23, 2016 · 4 Comments