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Post by Mary_FV on Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:41 pm

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Benefit Sanction Advice Empty Sanctions: Know Your Rights

Post by Non Deficere on Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:20 pm

Helpful booklet:
http://www.cope-scotland.org/images/Web_version_sanctions_booklet.pdf

Published October 2017

Four out of five universal credit sanction appeals are successful

“for universal credit, both the total number of decisions and the number of sanctions being applied have risen in the past quarter - to 48,000 and 16,000 respectively - so that in November 2017 the percentage of claimants with a drop in payment due to a sanction was 4.7 per cent;”

https://www.rightsnet.org.uk/forums/viewthread/12490/

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Simple appeal letters for JSA/Universl credit:

http://www.cope-scotland.org/images/DWP_example_of_sanction_Appeal_letter.pdf

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:hSFyeMEC8z0J:benefitslegalgroup.org.uk/%3Fpaiddownloads_id%3D5+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk&client=opera

Other helpful information:
https://wwwrefuteddotorgdotuk.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/sanctionstips/

https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=18636
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Post by dboy on Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:22 pm

I reckon the money they save on people not bothering to appeal is used to pay the court fees for those that do appeal.

If every JCP office had an in house welfare advisor and resolved the issues at a local level before even considering Sanctions it would benefit both the claimant and the JCP.

There needs to be one successful claim for damages after someone has won an appeal against a Sanction.

Then hopefully a landslide.

Once people realise they could be compensated, more people would come out the woodwork rather just walk away and accept them at face value.

If you do the math in part those that do not appeal are paying the court fees for those that do.

Funny old world innit.


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Benefit Sanction Advice Empty Universal Credit Sanctions - Decision Making Process

Post by Non Deficere on Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:13 pm

For Universal Credit, the Decision Making Process follows four stages:-
1. Referral: Work Coach in a Jobcentre, or Employment Scheme provider, identifies that the claimant has failed, in some way, to meet the requirements placed upon them. The benefit will remain in payment until the Decision Maker makes an adverse decision. The Work Coach will gather information to support the referral from the claimant and, where applicable, the reasons for their failure, to enable a quality decision to be made. The case is then referred to the Decision Maker. If the referral is from an employment scheme provider, the Decision Maker will gather this information from the claimant.
2. Original Decision: The Decision Maker will weigh up all of the information and evidence presented to them, including the claimant’s reasons for failing to meet the requirements placed upon them. They will then make a decision. If the decision is to apply a sanction (adverse decision), the claimant is notified of the outcome in writing.  
3. Mandatory Reconsideration (MR): If a claimant disagrees with a decision made about their benefit, they can ask the department to look at it again. A Mandatory Reconsideration must be undertaken before the claimant can appeal. There are strict time limits for asking for a Mandatory Reconsideration. The claimant must ask for a Mandatory Reconsideration within one month of the date on their decision letter, however, they can apply outside of this period if they show good reason for the delay, or have this period extended by 14 days if they receive a written statement of reasons. If the DWP changes its original decision (non-adverse MR decision), any arrears of benefit due are paid less any hardship payments. Once the MR has been undertaken, the claimant will receive two copies of a Mandatory Reconsideration Notice (MRN). The MRN tells the claimant the outcome of the reconsideration and what to do if they wish to appeal.
4. Appeal: If the department does not change the decision at Mandatory Reconsideration, the claimant can appeal directly to an independent tribunal. A major difference between sanctions policy for UC compared to JSA is that under UC, where a claimant fails to attend a Work Coach meeting they can be sanctioned. Under JSA claimants would receive a sanction, or have their claim terminated if they did not make contact within 5 working days of their failure. This is not appropriate for UC as claimants may be in receipt of other parts of UC, such as housing and child care, which would not be subject to a sanction and so they would remain on benefit.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/706793/universal-credit-sanctions-statistics-background-information-and-methodology.pdf
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Benefit Sanction Advice Empty Avoiding Universal Credit Sanctions

Post by Non Deficere on Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:17 am

What does this section cover?

This section covers information and tactics relating to avoiding universal credit (UC) 'work preparation' and 'work search' sanctions.

http://www.cpag.org.uk/content/ask-cpag-online-avoiding-universal-credit-sanctions
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