House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts | Benefit sanctions

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House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts | Benefit sanctions

Post by Mary_FV on Sun Jul 02, 2017 6:55 am

The Department for Work and Pensions uses sanctions to encourage people to meet
conditions for receiving benefits. We know that sanctions encourage some people into
work but sanctions have increased in severity in recent years and can have serious
consequences such as debt, rent arrears and homelessness. It is, therefore, important
that the Department uses sanctions carefully and protects vulnerable people from
unnecessary hardship. There is an unacceptable amount of unexplained variation in
the Department’s use of sanctions, so claimants are being treated differently depending
on where they live. The Department has poor data and therefore cannot be confident
about what approaches work best, and why, and what is not working. It does not know
whether vulnerable people are protected as they are meant to be. Nor can it estimate the
wider effects of sanctions on people and their overall cost, or benefit, to government

If you have been sanctioned:

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