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TOPIC: Benefit sanctions: Britain's secret penal system

Benefit sanctions: Britain's secret penal system 24 Aug 2017 15:20 #4018

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Benefits claimants are subjected to an 'amateurish, secret penal system which is more severe than the mainstream judicial system', writes Dr David Webster of the University of Glasgow.

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Dr David Webster

Few people know that the number of financial penalties (‘sanctions’) imposed on benefit claimants by the Department of Work and Pensions now exceeds the number of fines imposed by the courts. In Great Britain in 2013, there were 1,046,398 sanctions on Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants, 32,128 on Employment and Support Allowance claimants, and approximately 44,000 on lone parent recipients of Income Support. By contrast, Magistrates’ and Sheriff courts imposed a total of only 849,000 fines.

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www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/resources/benefit-sanctions-britains-secret-penal-system
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Benefit sanctions: Britain's secret penal system 24 Aug 2017 16:36 #4021

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And yet nobody claiming benefits is guilty of anything except not having a job. And here we are, being treated like individuals who need punishing because we didn`t arrive on time for an appointment due to a bus being late, or failing to attend a training scheme due to genuine illness. Not quite the same as having to appear in a court of law due to actually DOING a crime, yet the punishments are very different and if your sanctioned, that means money and housing benefits being stopped simultaneously yet in a court of law, your INNOCENT until found guilty and don`t see the same monetary punishments. Community service for example would be a punishment from a court as a pay back to society. DWP seem to think work trials or voluntary work are the same thing. Work for nothing for committing no crime.
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Benefit sanctions: Britain's secret penal system 25 Aug 2017 21:25 #4032

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Yes Comply, the lack of mentality by the SSP club never ceases to amaze me,do do as we do do as we say i hear them cry from the green seats.

Just need to put in a few pens around em.
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