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Sanctions Article 09 Apr 2018 15:32 #6920

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This was published in August last year and is a good read.
www.theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/01/benefit-sanctions-thing-of-past-david-Webster

David Webster gives his views on sanctions to the Guardian newspaper. The above link is embedded within this article from the Scottish unemployed workers.net::
scottishunemployedworkers.net/2017/09/03/when-is-voluntary-training-not-voluntary/
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Sanctions Article 09 Apr 2018 15:35 #6921

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I'm getting a 404 not found. Did you make any typos? second link works
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Just for paying a few bills! That's out of proportion...
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Sanctions Article 09 Apr 2018 18:12 #6923

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Thanks moogs. It worked when I posted it but now when I click on the internal Guardian link it`s showing a feature about Poundland! :dry: Not sure what happened there but obviously a gremlin! :lol:

The second link is worth a read though so all is not lost! If you click on the second link and then scroll down to the highlighted part where it mentions David Webster, his article should show.
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Sanctions Article 09 Apr 2018 21:33 #6924

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yes. second article linked to it ok.
Toads - Philip Larkin
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Can't I use my wit as a pitchfork And drive the brute off?
Six days of the week it soils,With its sickening poison -
Just for paying a few bills! That's out of proportion...
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Sanctions Article 09 Apr 2018 22:22 #6925

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TRY THIS; :)
David Webster: ‘Benefit sanctions should be a thing of the past’
By Patrick Butler
The economist and Glasgow research fellow on why stopping benefit payments is counterproductive and must not be rolled out more widely

The workhouse aside, there’s never been a social security programme that delivered as much pain for so little gain as the “great sanctions campaign” imposed on unemployed people over the first half of this decade, reckons David Webster. The human and financial collateral damage from this most quixotic of policies – the idea that stopping someone’s benefit payments incentivises them to look for work – far outweighs the slender employment benefits it has delivered.

Webster, 72, an economist by training, retired senior local government official and now an honorary research fellow at the University of Glasgow, is arguably the country’s leading benefit sanctions expert. For the past five years he has meticulously tracked and analysed their use, scrutinising fuzzy official statistics and extravagant ministerial claims, and documenting the impact of sanctions in detailed quarterly briefings and academic papers. A longer, analytical history of sanctions is in preparation.

The sanctions campaign is now effectively over, he believes. Sanctions were ratcheted up under the coalition government, and peaked at over a million in 2013 in what looks now like an almost frenzied, indiscriminate programme. After a public outcry over the reported cruelties and abuses meted out by job centres, sanctions rates dropped. In 2016, they fell to under 350,000, partly as a result of rising employment. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is still wedded to the principle of sanctions, but Webster believes it now runs scared of bad publicity. It was no surprise, he says, that ministers have suspended the sanctions regime for unemployed Grenfell Tower residents: “Grenfell seems to have evoked public sympathy on a truly dramatic scale and the DWP doesn’t want to be on the wrong side of it. Of course, objectively, the distress suffered by Grenfell residents will often be no worse than that of tens of thousands of sanctioned claimants undergoing different types of crisis.”

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www.theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/01/benefit-sanctions-thing-of-past-david-webster
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Sanctions Article 10 Apr 2018 10:03 #6934

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Thanks Paul. B)
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Sanctions Article 10 Apr 2018 15:57 #6939

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Utter bullshit the number of sanctions is on the increase not declining
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