An average of 70,000 peope are having their benefits sanctioned EVERY MONTH

Posted: November 8, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Benefit tales

Press release: “Sanctions must stop” say campaigners

Posted: November 6th, 2013 | Author:boycottworkfare

After months of delay, the DWP have finally released data on benefit sanctions for JSA and ESA claimants. The data confirms what claimants and anti-poverty campaigners have been saying all along; that sanctions are being used on a massive scale to bully and intimidate claimants and leave hundreds of thousands of people without subsistence benefits for a minimum of four weeks, with the maximum sanction lasting for three years.

Some of the key stats from the DWP’s data shows that:

  • Since the new sanctions regime was introduced in October 2012, there has been an average of 69,000 JSA sanctions a month – a 75% increase on the previous year.
  • Between October 2012 and June 2013 0.58 million JSA sanctions were applied.
  • Between December 2012 – June 2013 11,000 ESA sanctions were applied. 71% of…

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