BENEFIT CLAIMANTS MAY BE DRIVEN TO POVERTY BY SANCTIONS
- 21 Feb
MPs have said that "benefit claimants" are subjected to unacceptable "postcode lottery" which may determine whether they are driven into poverty by sanctions or not.
Work Programme providers and jobcentres do not give payments to twice as many people as others in the same area, according to a report by the public accounts committee.
Parliament's spending watchdog:
- Has urged the government to review the use of financial penalties which it finds have serious consequences such as forcing claimants into homelessness
- Says the Department of Work and Pensions does not have good data to evaluate what works and is also not able to estimate the wider impact of sanctions
According to a DWP spokesperson:
"Our sanctions guidance is the same right across the UK and the fact is the number of sanctions has more than halved in recent years.
"Sanctions are an important part of our benefits system and are only used in a very small percentage of cases as a last resort when people don't fulfil their commitment to find work."
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