The more that Tory governments do with regards to welfare benefits make it clear that welfare is not part of the process and punishment is becoming more and more its objective.
Rather than pay DWP staff incentives to do more, why not increase benefits for claimants, especially those who do get into work for a period of time, while they adjust to manage with work and assess any difficulties they could well experience.
Benefits should be there to help and not punish, the government needs to be educated, perhaps for the first time.
With many thanks to Benefits And Work.
Universal credit (UC) claimants are to be faced with a new sanction trap disguised as help to move into work. The scheme has been condemned by the DWP staff union who say the government is “hellbent on making it more difficult for people to claim benefits”, even though jobcentre workers stand to gain from a £250 ‘incentive’ if their office tops a league table.
UC sanctions are already at a record high. Over 98% of all sanctions are for failure to attend an interview, with over half a million claimants being sanctioned for this reason last year.
Yet, under the new Additional Jobcentre Support scheme claimants are being forced to attend a jobcentre 10 times over a two week period. In these obligatory sessions they will have “work search conversations” and “support sessions”. Missing a single session is likely to lead…
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