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Category Archives: Welfare

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

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

Why are so many programmes about benefit cheats and not about bankers…

On BBC Three’s Free Speech on October 7th, a viewer asked ‘Why are there so many programmes about benefit cheats, when the ones who steal the most from the welfare … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · 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