Benefit Sanctions, 4,500 Hit in Manchester.
The Manchester Evening News reported this week.
Hard-up jobless people in Greater Manchester have been hammered hardest by benefit sanctions in the UK, according to a new report.
Around 4,500 people – 8 per cent of the region’s Jobseekers’ Allowance claimants – have had their payments frozen or stopped completely as part of the government crackdown.
That compared with just 6 per cent of jobseekers in other areas since October 2012.
As part of the tough new regime, claimants face having their payments stopped if job centre staff class them as ‘unavailable for work’.
But critics say the broad brush approach has unfairly penalised many people with legitimate training or childcare commitments.
However, the analysis by think tank New Economy shows that most of those affected were sanctioned because they failed to turn up to appointments intended to help them find work.
The second highest reason for a sanction was because claimants were unable to show they were looking for job.
I looked at the last item and thought…..
In Ipswich the Jobcentre has a few computers, about 4, looking lonely, when I last looked for jobsearch.
Ipswich Central Library computer system is in chaos.
Most of the computers are out of order (3 days now).
There is fierce competition to use the few terminals (using a new system) that work – 8 of them downstairs.
This is for thousands of people who have to 35 hours jobsearch a week (and some now who have to do 40 Hours!)
So a lot of people in Ipswich are going to find it hard to show how they are looking for a job.