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TOPIC: Sanctions against Sick & Disabled discussed

Sanctions against Sick & Disabled discussed 07 Nov 2018 13:33 #10848

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Link courtesy of Benefits & Work website and forum
www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/news/3831-mps-condemn-sanctions-against-sick-and-disabled

It seems to me that these select committee discussions regarding sanctions should be taken further than recommendations and put a stop to. If ALL claimants (not just those on ESA) were able to look for work while still attending their job centres, to meet their work coaches and know that by missing such appointments or refusing to do `cat sat on the matt` training courses, they would still be paid what the government call` - `Living Expenses` the system would be fairer.

The government (wait for it) don`t even HOLD any statistics on the effects of the sanctions they dish out. So how can they measure whether sanctions work? Their argument is always that sanctions get people working and are fair to the tax payer. That`s just not good enough when claimants are dying, falling mentally and physically ill and are unable to cope with the untenable demands placed upon them.
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Sanctions against Sick & Disabled discussed 07 Nov 2018 13:50 #10850

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I'd be surprised if they don't have statistics on that chances are they are out there some place but reveal an uncomfortable truth I mean its not like the DWP haven't tried to obfuscate the truth before :angry:
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Sanctions against Sick & Disabled discussed 07 Nov 2018 14:18 #10851

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My thinking on this is, if sanctions were removed either fully, or reduced to only being sanctioned once in a year for say, a complete failure to engage with something like a meeting with a work coach, claimants would breath easier and the payments we receive could be viewed as a basic income rather than a hand out that is conditionally bound. His is what is needed, but we all know it won`t happen. Not while this lot rule.
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