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Sanctions Guide Update as Report Says Single Parents and Children Hit the Worst.

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Today the excellent Daily Mirror reports,

How benefit sanctions hit single parents and their children hardest

Single parents have been disproportionately bearing the brunt of welfare changes, a report has suggested.Gingerbread, a charity campaigning for and providing advice to single parents, released a report last week about the impact of benefit sanctions on single parents specifically. And the report was pretty damning.The sanctions process

It starts with a referral, which then goes to a decision maker who decides whether to sanction you or not. If you aren’t sanctioned at this point in the process, there are no financial penalties for you. If you are, you can then challenge the decision, it’ll be reviewed, and the decision to sanction you will either be overturned or upheld.Gingerbread says that there have been 145,000 sanction decisions against single parents since 2012.They actually make up a tiny proportion of JSA claimants that have been sanctioned. But receiving a sanction can be devastating.Here’s how easy it is for a job seeker to get sanctioned

  • Failed to attend an interview (because it was too short notice and you couldn’t find childcare)? You lose your benefit for four weeks
  • Not been available to work (because you don’t want to work too far away from your children)? You lose your benefit for four weeks
  • Refused a job (because it doesn’t fit with your child’s school hours)? You lose your income 13 weeks – just over three months

 

Single parents are more likely than other claimants to be sanctioned incorrectly

Single parents have far more of their sanctions overturned than other JSA claimants. Sanctions are overturned when the single parent is able to demonstrate “good reason” for breaching their conditions, and no financial penalty is applied to their claim. For example, it may be excusable to miss a meeting if a child is ill.

There are special rules that should recognise that single parents have to care for their children, but Gingerbread has found that these rules aren’t being applied as they should.

More here

This is one response and comes via a local Ipswich benefit adviser.

It is highly recommended.

From this site: Child Poverty Action Group.

Information updates.

Ask CPAG online – Benefit Sanctions

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+ What is a benefit sanction?

+ Which benefits can be sanctioned?

+ When do sanctions apply?

+ How much is a sanction?

+ How long does a sanction last?

What issues and problems commonly arise? 

There has been a large increase in the number of benefit sanction decisions since new tougher rules were introduced in 2012. More and more claimants are experiencing hardship, debt and in some cases, destitution, due to sanctions.

By clicking on the links below, you can access detailed information and practical advice on common problem areas:

 

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Written by Andrew Coates

December 3, 2014 at 4:45 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

    A6er

    December 3, 2014 at 6:19 pm

  2. 5 single parents today in the local food bank, all had their benefit stopped, the mothers asking us for something for their kids to eat while in the food bank. it can’t get any worse.
    as for a 3 month sanction, there will be a lot more homeless. will landlords wait until the sanction may be over turned? a lot won’t.

    enigma

    December 3, 2014 at 8:48 pm

  3. NHS Devon surgery restriction for smokers and obese plan revealed

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-30318546

    It was always only a matter of time before others were added to the list of easiest to pick on.

    gaia

    December 3, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    • ….and if you are hearing impaired in both ears you will only get one hearing aid now.
      Bastards.

      Lucy

      December 4, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      • LUCKILY I HAVE BOTH HEARING AIDS ISSUED ALREADY. THEY ARE MOULDED AND FITTED ONES. THAT WAY FOR NOW THEY CAN’T HAVE THEM BACK!

        NORTHOLT

        December 4, 2014 at 1:40 pm

  4. so its fine if ur a piss head snort crack and on heroin then few if any government made cannabis Legal it would bring in billions a year in tax like in the usa.

    super ted

    December 3, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    • At the moment yes, but that too will change in the near future, what it all boils down to is if your a smoker it’s your own fault, or over weight, your own fault, dentists will be next, if you have a problem with your tooth or teeth it will be your own fault. end up in hospital because you drank too much, your own fault. people will have to pay themselves for any care they need in the future.

      enigma

      December 4, 2014 at 12:06 pm

  5. ‘Scandalous’ Welfare Cuts In Breach Of UN Convention, Says Commissioner

    http://www.welfareweekly.com/scandalous-welfare-cuts-breach-un-convention-says-commissioner/

    ken

    December 4, 2014 at 12:12 am

  6. Reblogged this on markcatlin3695's Blog.

    Mark Catlin

    December 4, 2014 at 5:26 am

  7. HOW LONG B4 A SANCTION WILL HAVE TOO BE INCLUDED ON THE DISCLOSURE FORM WHEN APPLYING FOR JOBS ETC.

    NORTHOLT

    December 4, 2014 at 9:38 am

    • I can see that happening and soon.

      enigma

      December 4, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      • I THOUGHT I WAS BEING STUPID. BUT AS YOU HAVE TOO APPEAL A SANCTION THROUGH H.M. COURTS AND TRIBUNAL SERVICE I THOUGHT I WOULD JUST ASK. I CAN SEE IT TOO, BUT PERHAPS NOT UNTIL AFTER THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION

        NORTHOLT

        December 4, 2014 at 1:38 pm

  8. Working lone parents don’t have it much better. I used to do 2 contracts at same school ,dinner lady n evening cleaner. Last month I took on 3 rd contract early morning cleaner in same place. Yesterday I. Got demand for double council tax amounts!, so work. Really, does pay . Every one but the worker that is. But I feel. For today’s lone parents. My girl is older, last year college, so I don’t have childcare worries. To leave a toddler home alone? Work coach should b shot….

    Kat Rehman

    December 4, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    • As for being ones own fault for smoking, drinking, being over weight, ruined teeth, it’s no different if one has kids, as was said “don’t have kids if you can’t afford to have them. it is the fault of each and every person for their circumstances in which they put themselves in. this is the gov’s way of thinking.

      enigma

      December 4, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      • And this is why they want to abolish the welfare system.

        enigma

        December 4, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      • OK. I HAVE CATARACTS, AND I AM HAVING HEARING PROBLEMS. [I HAVE TWO HEARING AIDS]. HOW CAN HEARING AND CATARACTS BE MY FAULT. OH YES I HAVE GOT OLDER. I ALSO HAVE A HEREDITARY GENETIC DISORDER. ALTHOUGH IN MY CASE IT MISSED TWO GENERATIONS!

        NORTHOLT60

        December 5, 2014 at 1:51 pm

  9. More Decadence from our lovely police force.

    Once upon a time their was the fire with fire act (cant use anymore force than whats given),now days police officers can apply what ever force they like, including shooting dead innocent people, remember Jean Charles de Menezes.

    The police protect us from thugs but the question remains however, who protects us when the police act like those they profess to protect us from?

    gaia

    December 4, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    • I am a former Warwick University student.

      Even in the activist 1970s the police didn’t act like that – on campus that is.

      Andrew Coates

      December 4, 2014 at 4:50 pm

  10. BBC Scotland – The Work Programme:

    Smith Commission: DWP accused of U-turn over work programme.

    Lord Smith published his 28-page report last week.

    The UK government is extending its work programme contracts despite a cross-party deal that it was due to come under Holyrood control.

    The Scottish government said it was a “flagrant and wilful breach” of the Smith Commission process to devolve more power to Scotland.

    But Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael said the decision was made before the commission was set up.

    The work programme helps jobseekers find and keep employment. (I can hear you all laughing and falling off your chairs)

    The Smith Commission, set up by Prime Minister David Cameron in the wake of the referendum vote against Scottish independence, recommended it should be transferred from Westminster to Holyrood control “on expiry of the current commercial arrangements”.

    The Scottish government thought that meant the end of March 2016 and was furious to learn on Tuesday the contract was to be extended by a year.

    ‘Breathtaking arrogance’

    Scottish Skills Secretary Roseanna Cunningham accused the Westminster government of “breathtaking arrogance”, and has written to UK Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith to complain.

    Ms Cunningham said: “The ink is barely dry on the Smith recommendations and already the Tories are breaking both its word and its spirit.

    “Smith is explicit. Devolution of the work programme should happen as soon as the current contracts expire.

    “Instead of honouring that, within just a couple of days of Smith, they are extending the contracts. That is breathtaking arrogance.”

    But, appearing before a special Scottish Parliament committee on the future of devolution, Mr Carmichael said of the move: “This was a decision that was taken in August, so some of the breathless commentary about this being a dreadful decision that was designed to thwart the will of the Smith commission is not justified because, frankly, this decision was taken long before the Smith commission was even set up.

    “Although these contracts have been extended from 2016 to 17, this again is an area where the two governments should be sitting down and the Scottish government should be saying to the UK government, ‘we have done some thinking on this. This is what we want to do with our new welfare system, now how can that be represented with the contractual arrangements that you’re putting in place’.

    “With political will there’s no reason why that can’t actually be done”.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-30325086

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 5, 2014 at 8:14 am

    • Even if these Work Programme contracts were not extended, I wonder what the Scottish Government would have done – apart from changing the name of the old Work Programme? Remember, there are simply not enough jobs, so you still can’t get a quart out of a pint pot!

      And here is more misery. 60% of austerity cuts still to come if the Tories gain power next May:

      http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/george-osbornes-autumn-statement-dishes-4744593

      The misery will be even greater in Scotland, especially if there is the expected landslide towards the SNP, resulting in a Tory government for the UK as a whole. What a paradox that will be (especially after the recent referendum): Scotland routs the Tories, but still gets a Tory government!!!

      Tobanem

      December 5, 2014 at 12:22 pm

  11. Legal action over Access to Work scheme.

    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions challenged on lack of guidance on AtW scheme.

    Law firm Leigh Day, is taking legal action against The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, on behalf of the campaign group ‘Stop Changes to Access to Work’ over its lack of guidance and “inconsistent, unlawful and opaque application of its policy” toward the Access to Work scheme (AtW)

    According to Ellen Clifford a member of the steering group for Stop Changes to Access to Work, and an AtW user, the scheme provides vital support to disabled people to help them to overcome work-related obstacles ensuring that people with a disability are able to take up work and maintain their position in the workforce.

    The scheme is delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions through Jobcentre Plus.

    In a letter before action, sent on Friday 21 November, the law firm challenges the DWP to publish a document, running to over 700 paragraphs, detailing the criteria for eligibility and the rules that will be applied to people’s claims, which is purportedly in existence but not publically available.

    Leigh Day claim that the lack of publically available guidance on the scheme is unlawful.

    The letter also describes what it calls the ’30 hour rule’ as an example of the ‘apparently inconsistent, unlawful and opaque’ way in which the scheme has been applied by the Department for Work & Pensions.

    http://www.leighday.co.uk/News/2014/December-2014/Legal-action-over-Access-to-Work-scheme

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 5, 2014 at 8:44 am

  12. Jobcentre Sanctions:

    Proof that Iain Duncan Smith ‘IS A LIAR’

    The Public Accounts Committee needs to seriously question every single Jobcentre adviser who has ever issued a ‘Sanction’ against any benefit recipient for whatever reason.

    If it is found that any Jobcentre adviser has issued a false sanction just to hit targets or issued sanctions for fear of losing their own job or just because the adviser is on some kind of power trip, THEN THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE JUDGEMENT… ‘SACK THEM ON THE SPOT’

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 5, 2014 at 9:26 am

  13. Jobcentre Plus Sanctions:

    Better know a sanction.

    A quick look at the Governments ridiculous sanction system – with four classic examples shown by four completely anonymous individuals which help show just how insane this system is.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 5, 2014 at 10:37 am

  14. THE MARK OF THE BEAST?

    Meanwhile, just across the Channel it’s the Yellow Triangle – the new badge of the homeless. Apart from visibly branding homeless people, the badge contains a “smart card” with details of the person’s medical history etc.

    It’s all just one step away from the Mark of the Beast:

    There are strong echoes of the “Star of David” symbol the Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany, plus further echoes of “ARBEITSSCHEU”, the black triangle used in Nazi concentration camps for the “workshy”.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11274407/French-anger-over-Nazi-style-badges-for-homeless.html

    Tobanem

    December 5, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    • And soon all benefit claimants will be issued with one.

      enigma

      December 5, 2014 at 12:26 pm

  15. CITIZEN COPS – THE THIN EDGE OF THE WEDGE

    The Guardian has a vision of Britain in 2020 if the additional austerity cuts go ahead. It mentions “Citizen Cops”:

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/04/britain-2020-vision-of-the-future?CMP=twt_gu

    Today, the very day the drink drive limit is lowered in Scotland, the public are being invited to snitch on “offenders” because it might save lives:

    http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/calls-for-public-to-shop-drink-drivers-191192n.26038853

    A benefit-fraud hotline already exists. You don’t need to be reminded here of the saturation CCTV surveillance. We are already a nation of snoopers. Never mind, if you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear!

    Tobanem

    December 5, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    • Yes, expecting everyone who are not in the police force, DWP, etc to take on the job of the roles (without being paid of course) because we all know there are not enough of them in the roles.

      enigma

      December 5, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      • Yes, “enigma”, there will be at least 34,000 less police officers by 2020 – a position that will work wonders for the “virtual” riots!!!

        Tobanem

        December 5, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      • M.W.A ?

        WORKPROGRAMME

        December 5, 2014 at 2:15 pm

  16. BRAVE NEW WORLD – NATIONAL NETWORK OF CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMIES

    (More from The Guardian’s report mentioned in my earlier post above):

    “The Treasury envisages a brave new world of digital policing in which officers use their mobiles to capture all the evidence they need at the scene of a crime to be used at a virtual trial without the need for witnesses, suspects, lawyers or police officers in an actual courtroom. All without returning to a physical police station”.

    “Others, including the influential centre-right thinktank Policy Exchange has floated the idea of a NATIONAL NETWORK OF CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMIES to train up to 1.8m members of the public to help fight crime and for local police foundations to persuade philanthropists to supplement their much reduced public funding”.

    Tobanem

    December 5, 2014 at 1:28 pm

  17. Seei

    December 5, 2014 at 2:24 pm

  18. A coalition of Trade Unions and community groups are organising a demonstration against the horrors of benefits sanctions that is causing untold misery and suffering for our people across Teesside and the wider UK.

    This is all part of an agenda to blame the most vulnerable in society for the greed of the rich and all about making people who do have jobs more compliant.

    We fight for the unity of all workers in and out of work and call for a day of rage against any attempts to divide us and any further victimisation of people receiving benefits.

    Details of the route for Saturday’s #TeesNo2sanctions march against #benefitsanctions are now available.

    We’re assembling outside Middlesbrough Town Hall from 12.00 noon. Then, at 12.30, we’ll be marching along Corporation Road and turning left into Linthorpe Road, headed for a rally at the bells sculpture near McDonald’s. After that there’ll refreshments and music in Centre Square, near Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art.

    There’s a Google Map of the march route at http://goo.gl/kVSWHI.

    Further information on the protest is available at http://bit.ly/TeesNo2sanctions.

    peoplesassembly peoplesnhs-ne teessidesolidarity

    Andrew Coates

    December 5, 2014 at 4:17 pm


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