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TOPIC: DWP sanctions have now been branded ‘life-threatening’

DWP sanctions have now been branded ‘life-threatening’ 15 Oct 2018 17:28 #10549

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The Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) benefit sanctions regime has been slammed as “life threatening” for some claimants. An important new study has said that the DWP should end so-called ‘conditionality’ for some claimants. The study argues it is “ineffective”; filled with “perverse and punitive incentives that are detrimental to health”.
The DWP: under the microscope

The University of Essex and disabled people’s organisation Inclusion London have released a joint study. It looks at life for claimants in the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Work-Related Activity Group (WRAG). This is where the DWP places people aged 16 to 64 whom it deems can start moving towards work. They are often sick or living with mental health issues. But the DWP thinks they can start doing work-related activity, such as training courses or work experience. As of February, there were around 414,000 people in the ESA WRAG.

The study is called Where your mental health just disappears overnight. It interviewed claimants who were either in the ESA WRAG or had been. Its findings were damning.

It stated that the DWP works on the assumption that people are in the ESA WRAG because:

They are only absent short term from work.
That it will be “100% successful in all cases” in getting people into work.

But it said these assumptions were simply “not true”.

www.thecanary.co/uk/2018/10/15/dwp-sanctions-have-now-been-branded-life-threatening/
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DWP sanctions have now been branded ‘life-threatening’ 16 Oct 2018 09:37 #10551

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I`ve been in the WRAG group of ESA since around 2012 (on and off) and should be in the Support Group under the `Suffers from some disabling disease or condition` regulation, yet each time I`ve been assessed, I`ve been placed in the working related group and struggle on days when I can barely function due to the onset of chronic pain. I also feel the more we `give` the more they `take`. Meaning, if we happily accept their offers of `help` and push ourselves to do training or volunteering when we know we won`t manage it, they win.

Sanctions for anyone with medical evidence stating a person cannot do certain things should mean sanctions are lifted entirely from that individuals case. People who are highly motivated and applying for 100 jobs a week are struggling to find a job, so how the hell can anyone with a health problem hope to gain any ground? It`s a delusional thinking process that needs to end.
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DWP sanctions have now been branded ‘life-threatening’ 18 Oct 2018 11:56 #10595

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Sanctions are WRONG; Plane and Simple, Any Reduction that May or not be needed MUST Still leave a person with enough Money
to cover Basics like Food, Rent, Heating & Power.
NOT the current system that Creates Mass Homelessness, Starvation, Crime and Death.
How the hell is that supposed to Help Anyone back into Employment.
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