From The Independent: Tory ministers have broken a promise to review the “pointlessly cruel” system for imposing sanctions on benefit claimants, a damning report by MPs warns.
From Daily Mirror: The Tories have been accused of slipping out a study admitting that there’s ‘no evidence’ benefit sanctions work.
I had my benefits sanctioned because I was having seizures so missed a JSA appointment. I ended up in hospital twice that week. I sent lots of evidence of this. They’ve just sent me a letter saying they’ve refused my appeal because this isn’t a good reason to miss an appointment.
— Luke (@odekul) March 20, 2018
From The Guardian: Disabled people receiving state benefits have been hit with a million sanctions in less than a decade, according to alarming new evidence that they are being discriminated against by the welfare system.
A comprehensive analysis of the treatment of unemployed disabled claimants has revealed that they are up to 53% more likely to be docked money than claimant who are not disabled. This raises serious concerns about how they and their conditions are treated.
The findings, from a four-year study by academic Ben Baumberg Geiger in collaboration with the Demos thinktank, will cause worry that a government drive to help a million more disabled people into work over the next 10 years could lead to more unfair treatment.
Sanctions – the cutting or withholding of benefits – are applied as a punishment when claimants infringe the conditions of their payments by, say, as missing appointments or failing to apply for enough jobs.