I’m listening to the second session of oral evidence of the Benefit Sanctions inquiry as I type. You can listen to it here, if you wish.
I wasn’t planning to post about it but then a point came out of it that I haven’t yet seen covered anywhere else.
Many JobCentre staff have revealed being disciplined/told off/threatened if they didn’t make enough referrals for sanctions. Many have revealed that targets exist.
We know that jobcentre staff are rewarded for meeting targets, but, the main point to come out of the evidence session is this: no one says or does anything if jobcentre staff make too many sanction referrals.
Now, readers, I don’t know what that tells you, but it tells me something very clearly. While there are minimum targets in jobcentres, of which staff are extremely frightened, there is no maximum target.
Readers, it is clear to me today that
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