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TOPIC: The DWP will pay out almost £2m after breaching thousands of people’s human rights

The DWP will pay out almost £2m after breaching thousands of people’s human rights 05 Aug 2018 11:04 #9609

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A Freedom of Information request has revealed that the Department for Work and Pensions will have to pay almost £2m to around 4,000 people who were sanctioned for refusing to do unpaid work.

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The scheme, known as ‘mandatory work activity’, started in 2011. It required people claiming jobseekers’ allowance to work, unpaid, for up to 30 hours a week, for up to four weeks. The DWP claimed that the unpaid work was expected to be “of benefit to the community”. However, the official guidance on the programme stated [pdf p12] that the placement could include “working towards the profit of the host organisation”.

Great news for anyone who was ever sanctioned under the human slaver racket i feel vindicated for refuseing to do that shit back in the day i still remember those twats at the work programe geting flusterd trying to deal with me as i called them human trafickers and modern day slavers and the like :evil:
Thankfully i avoided a santion back then but this is great news for anyone who did try and stand there ground and lost.
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The DWP will pay out almost £2m after breaching thousands of people’s human rights 07 Aug 2018 14:31 #9636

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what about those that did the unpaid work like me ,did 6 weeks unpaid work under protest 3 years ago,
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The DWP will pay out almost £2m after breaching thousands of people’s human rights 08 Aug 2018 13:57 #9651

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This is great news and hopefully a good sign that the ball might get rolling more across the board. As london123 points out, there are people who have been affected even more widely or adversely. Beyond the breach of human rights there is of course the small matter of how the life of anybody affected could have spiralled out of control through a chain of circumstances. In most cases I would have thought a sanction would be merely the start of such experiences so compensation shouldn't merely be applied specifically for that against those responsible where ignorance of living conditions for benefits claimants should not be an excuse. After all, they claim to be such experts on exactly how much money we all need to live on regardless of whether we're working or not - the difference between which seems to be rather blurred at present.
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The DWP will pay out almost £2m after breaching thousands of people’s human rights 08 Aug 2018 14:27 #9652

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Verc wrote: they claim to be such experts on exactly how much money we all need to live on regardless of whether we're working or not

And that`s the wording they use when a claim is made or changed, yet they expect conditionality to apply to it so the `money you need to live on` can be eradicated at the press of a keyboard. WE then have `NO money to live on` unless we do as they say.
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The DWP will pay out almost £2m after breaching thousands of people’s human rights 08 Aug 2018 14:40 #9653

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What about those of us who were made to do the vile Community Work Programme, we had to work for six months without pay, or starve!
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