DWP agrees to trial warnings before imposing a sanction

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DWP agrees to trial warnings before imposing a sanction

Post by Admin on Sun May 27, 2018 12:06 pm

over on the news service of the pcs union

24 May 2018

DWP has announced plans to trial giving claimants a written warning, instead of a sanction, for a first sanctionable failure to attend a Work-Search Review.

PCS welcomes any measure that reduces the punitive impact of the government’s sanctions policies and a system of warnings before imposing sanctions is a positive step. It is a small sign that even this government is starting to accept that the current sanctions regime is too harsh.

Unfortunately at present DWP is only proposing a small scale test of issuing warnings. PCS believes that, as a minimum, DWP should introduce warnings before any sanctions are issued across the UK.

https://www.pcs.org.uk/news/dwp-agrees-to-trial-warnings-before-imposing-a-sanction
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Post by Brutus on Tue May 29, 2018 3:25 am


I thought I read  somewhere else in the Forum, that the government had quietly dropped the feasibility study on the idea"

(http://respectfulbenefits.forumotion.com/t2074-government-drops-scheme-to-stop-people-being-wrongly-stripped-of-their-benefits-because-it-is-a-burden#6338)
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Post by ABC on Tue May 29, 2018 12:43 pm

Admin wrote:DWP has announced plans to trial giving claimants a written warning, instead of a sanction, for a first sanctionable failure to attend a Work-Search Review.

Well that's confusing. The current system for WSR is that a written warning is given on the first FTA and a sanction applied if there is a second FTA. There's a special form they are supposed to give to you on your first FTA as a warning. So what's new in this trial? Seems to me that it's just propaganda to make it look like they're compromising when in fact they're doing nothing. Evil or Very Mad

@Brutus, I think the difference is that this trial is specific to work search reviews but the other full trial they did was for warnings for any sanctionable offence.
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