You are One and Half Times more likely to be Sanctioned on Work Programme than find a Job – BBC.


Ipswich Unemployed Action.

Radio Four last night (you can listen to it via link).

Benefit sanctions are supposed to be part of a system helping people back to work. But critics say they penalise the vulnerable and are among the reasons for the growing use of food banks. So how fair is the Government’s system of withholding state payments for those who don’t comply with welfare rules? Allan Urry hears from whistleblowers who allege some JobCentrePlus staff are setting claimants up to fail in order to meet internal performance targets. Why did a recovering amputee lose his benefits because he didn’t answer the phone?

Reporter: Allan Urry Producer: Nicola Dowling.

The Radio Four programme began with the government’s claim that sanctions are part of a wider system of “support” for people on JSA and other benefits. But the report focused on a very different set of claims: that the Jobcentres were “setting claimants…

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