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Category Archives: Sanctions

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 · Leave a 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

How benefit sanctions have driven Brits to suicide

By Maya Oppenheim A piece I was interviewed for last year…  Last year, on the 23rd of June, Malcolm Burge set off from his home in London to travel to … Continue reading

January 27, 2016 · 5 Comments

‘Working People’ – A song about David Clapson, a claimant who died after being benefit sanctioned.

Kiran Leonard, described by the Guardian as “a precocious 20-year-old from Saddleworth, Greater Manchester,” has written a song about David Clapson, a man who died after a benefit sanction. David … Continue reading

January 13, 2016 · 4 Comments

‘Social Security Summit – Challenge the Myths’

Unite Community have teamed up with colleagues in the PCS in organising a one day summit called ‘The Social Security Summit – Challenging the Myths‘ around “Welfare” and building a … Continue reading

October 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Food poverty doesn’t exist? Think again.

Two weeks ago I was talking to a woman in Vivary Park in Taunton and she told me that children in the UK were not really suffering from food poverty … Continue reading

October 8, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Secret #Sanctions

This article shared below was originally published in the Big Issue of the North and written by Gary Ryan. I am only sharing it here because it is not online and … Continue reading

October 14, 2014 · 79 Comments