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TOPIC: If you think the DWP sanctions regime is already bad the worst could be yet to come

If you think the DWP sanctions regime is already bad the worst could be yet to come 03 Oct 2018 01:15 #10364

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If you think the DWP’s sanctions regime is already bad, the worst could be yet to come



The Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) sanctions regime has been subject to yet another damning report. This time, it shows that under Universal Credit, the system is looking out of control. And the worst could be yet to come.
The DWP: under the microscope

As writer Alex Tiffin spotted, the House of Commons Library has released a briefing paper called Universal Credit: why are sanction rates higher? The DWP’s flagship new benefit replaces six old ones (known as “legacy benefits“) with one payment. Currently, what’s known as “live service” Universal Credit has been rolled out in certain areas for new claims. Eventually, the DWP will move everyone onto “full service“, including those on legacy benefits.

The report looks at the sanction rates for people on Universal Credit compared to Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA). The paper mainly deals with sanctions for people who are ‘searching for work’. And the results show that under Universal Credit, the DWP is sanctioning these people at alarming rates.

The report found that in December 2017, the DWP sanctioned 4.6% of Universal Credit claimants; this is versus 0.3% of JSA ones. But the devil is in the detail. Because the report just shows the figures for people the DWP says must look for work.

www.thecanary.co/uk/2018/10/02/if-you-think-the-dwps-sanctions-regime-is-already-bad-the-worst-could-be-yet-to-come/
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