Vox Political: Benefit Sanctions for Part-Time Workers Could Legalise Breach of Contract


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Another piece worth reproducing from Vox Political. Mike in this piece, Is Iain Duncan Smith legalising breach of contract?, points out the further problems for working people with IDS’ plan to cut in-work benefits for part-time workers, who refuse the offer of further hours from their employer. It begins

Here’s something mentioned during Iain Duncan Smith’s session before the Commons Work and Pensions committee last week, that doesn’t seem to have enjoyed enough attention: It seems Daftie Duncan Smith wants to legalise breach of contract.

He reckons part-time workers should be sanctioned off their top-up benefits if they refuse extra hours offered by their employer.

The sanctions would apply under the Universal Credit system – which is never going to work anyway – so perhaps this is an inconsequential matter, but it is disturbing that the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions understands so little about contracts…

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