The number of claimants on sickness and disability benefits facing sanctions looks set to have doubled since December last year. 11,400 claims were slashed for failure to participate in work related activity or missing a meeting with the Jobcentre in the seven months between December 2012 and June 2013. This compares to 10,130 sanctions inflicted on those claiming sickness or disability benefits in the previous 12 months.
Sanctions have also soared for people on the mainstream unemployment benefit Jobseeker’s Allowance, with the DWP boasting today that over half a million claims have been sanctioned between November 2012 and June 2013.
Benefit sanctions lead to desperate poverty and are often handed out for the most trivial of reasons. A recent report by Citizens Advice warned that sanctions have led to people to attempting suicide, becoming homeless or resorting to begging or going through bins for food.
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