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DWP quietly dumps plan to trial softer sanctions regime 19 Feb 2018 18:26 #6238

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DWP quietly dumps plan to trial softer sanctions regime

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) agreed in October to trial handing out warnings instead of benefit sanctions when claimants breach the conditions imposed on them for the first time.

It was one of five recommendations made in a report on benefit sanctions by the Commons public accounts committee (PAC) in February 2017.

But DWP has now said that it will not carry out the trial after all, because of “competing priorities in the Parliamentary timetable”.

There was no public announcement, but the decision was included on page 139 of the latest Treasury Minutes Progress Report, which describes progress on implementing those PAC recommendations that have been accepted by the government.

It was spotted by welfare rights advisers on the rightsnet online forum, and from Buckinghamshire Disability Service.
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DWP quietly dumps plan to trial softer sanctions regime 19 Feb 2018 19:00 #6240

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That would have at least been a tiny step in the right direction, I wonder what the competing priorities are that need more attention than the deaths,misery,homelessness, and massive cost to the public purse.
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DWP quietly dumps plan to trial softer sanctions regime 20 Feb 2018 09:57 #6248

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An autopsy held after his death found his stomach was empty, and the only food left in his flat in Stevenage was six tea bags, a tin of soup and an out-of-date can of sardines. He had just £3.44 left in his bank account.

So not enough of a priority for our friends in office then. Maybe if THEIR bank accounts were frozen it may have some impact.
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DWP quietly dumps plan to trial softer sanctions regime 24 Feb 2018 10:58 #6291

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"DWP quietly dumps plan to trial softer sanctions regime"

Well! thats the only thing we all know their good at.

They should have called themselves Sanctions, the department for slavery and for those seeking 100% mental disorders walk through this door for UC.
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DWP quietly dumps plan to trial softer sanctions regime 24 Feb 2018 15:12 #6295

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So not enough of a priority for our friends in office then. Maybe if THEIR bank accounts were frozen it may have some impact.


Always said they should sanction the SSP club for just turning up. :)
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DWP quietly dumps plan to trial softer sanctions regime 24 Feb 2018 16:38 #6297

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They have no idea what sanctions do to people apart from thinking they are a slap on the hand for non compliance. They think by removing payment from people will make them behave and "do as we say". But in order to do that, we need heat, food, travel costs and the mentality to feel wanted, not rejected. If they are trying to motivate people into work, they have a funny way of doing it.

Job centres should be like internet café`s where people go to meet, chat about their job search, ask for assistance if they need it and have the odd coffee or tea provided and leave with a smile and a feeling of having achieved something. The Tories need to take a close look at this and change the system from one that is negative into a positive for everyone. Sanctions will never achieve that.
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