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Category Archives: Welfare

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

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

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 · 6 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