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Sanctions Have Not Gone Away and Appeals System Snarling Up.

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Deaf Benefit Claimant Wrongly Sanctioned After Arriving 10 Minutes Late For Training.

Says Welfare Weekly. 

A deaf benefit claimant was wrongly sanctioned after turning up to a training course just ten minutes late, the Upper Tribunal has ruled.

Despite the sanction being imposed in November 2013, he had to wait until 14 August 2015 to have his appeal heard by the Upper Tribunal.

The unnamed 53 year-old benefit claimant has hearing difficulties and wears a hearing aid in his right ear. He was told to attend a CV writing course and given a “Jobseeker’s Direction” letter to confirm the time and date of the course, reports Disability Rights UK.

The story,

While the sanction was imposed in November 2013 it took until 14 August 2015 for his appeal to be successfully heard.

The claimant was a 53 year old man who had difficulty hearing and so wore a hearing aid in his right ear.

He was told that he was required to attend and complete a CV writing course from 11.15 am to 12.15 pm. He was given a “Jobseeker’s Direction” letter to confirm the time and date of the course.

However, he arrived at the course ten minutes late and was told that he had missed his appointment. A decision was made that he did not have good reason for failing to carry out his Jobseeker’s Direction and a four weeks sanction was imposed.

In his notice of appeal the claimant stated that he had misheard the date of the appointment as 11.50 am as this was the time he usually signed on.

He was not wearing his hearing aid as it was faulty and did not think to check the time of his appointment by looking at the letter he had been given as he thought it was the same time as the previous two appointments he had been given. He had reported to the Jobcentre straight away and rebooked and completed the CV course the very next day.

In upholding the claimant’s appeal, Upper Tribunal Judge Knowles decides that there was no refusal or failure by him to carry out the Jobseeker’s Direction:

Benefit sanctions and what to do about them


Appealing benefit sanctions

Nearly Half of all Sanctions against claimants on Job Seeker’s Allowance and Employment Support Allowance are overturned on appeal: Welfare Weekly.

But we have the impression that the appeal process if becoming slower and slower.


Written by Andrew Coates

September 4, 2015 at 11:20 am

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  1. Yet more cuts.

    George Osborne to receive proposals on Friday, with health one of only four areas that is exempt.

    The reductions will affect all departments except health, spending on education per pupil, national security and international development.

    Osborne ordered departments to find the savings over the summer, with another £12bn to be taken out of the welfare bill and £5bn recovered from tackling tax evasion if he is to meet his target of eliminating the deficit in 2019-20.



    September 4, 2015 at 12:21 pm

  2. knickers

    iain duncan smith

    September 4, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    • Andrew Coates

      September 4, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    • You Can Buy Them In Marks And Spencers And Debenhams


      September 4, 2015 at 4:31 pm

  3. OT – Egyptian billionaire offers to buy an ISLAND from Greece or Italy and provide jobs so fleeing migrants can ‘build a new country’

    homeless and unemployed next in line?



    September 4, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    • Don’t quite know what to think?!
      Didn’t Hitler want to re settle the Jews on Madagascar?
      On the other hand perhaps the guy is genuine..

      kat rehman

      September 4, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      • The undesirables “who really wants them” all in the same place. far away – out of sight.


        September 4, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      • Not all unemployed though, all countries will need some to exploit.


        September 4, 2015 at 8:26 pm

  4. Up to 4,010* sick claimants could have been declared ‘fit for work’prior to their death.



    September 4, 2015 at 8:05 pm

  5. New ‘fitness for work’ firm ‘discriminates against disabled staff’

    “One former member of staff said that disabled employees were being sacked “left, right and centre”.



    September 5, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    • Good find Ken


      Among their claims is that Maximus is tempting staff from secure and vital jobs in the NHS with the promise of nine-to-five jobs and starting salaries of up to £38,000, but is then sacking the vast majority of these new recruits because they are failing to carry out assessments in the exact way approved by the company.


      September 5, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      • American companies=pound of flesh

        There is a ruthless culture that exists in these organisations from America with no tolerance for failure or not their thinking basically out the door if they don’t like you,they will exploit labour markets for simple greed.

        Its not surprising disabled people are having problems in that environment coping.What has been mentioned in that article comes as no surprise.


        September 6, 2015 at 7:16 pm

  6. enigma

    September 5, 2015 at 7:54 pm

  7. What’s happening to jobcentres these days – they are becoming like ghost towns? Where did all the work roaches go? Where did all the jobseekers go?

    Ghost Town

    September 7, 2015 at 10:41 am

    • Fewer queues.

      You now have a ‘flexible’ signing on time.

      It varies from fortnight to fortnight.

      They flex, you turn up on time.

      Andrew Coates

      September 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm

  8. ‘Benefit sanctions harmed my mental health’

    The inflexibility of the benefit sanctions system is leading to people having their support taken away unfairly, the Labour MP Rebecca Long Bailey has said.
    She told the Victoria Derbyshire programme the current system can penalise the most vulnerable in society.

    Lee Curry received a four-week benefits sanction for failing to turn up to an appointment he was not told about.

    He has since had his benefits reinstated on appeal, but says the sanction accentuated his depression.

    Watch Victoria Derbyshire on weekdays from 09:15-11:00 BST on BBC Two and the BBC News Channel. Watch the film in full here.


    September 7, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    • According to the film Lee received a 4 Month sanction!


      September 7, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    • “inflexibility of the benefit sanctions”?! wtf – so this Labour nobhead is OK with a ‘flexible’ sanction system. Back to the old if you aren’t in a ‘vulnerable’ group – you can go fuck off and die Labour horse shit. No wonder these c***s were booted from office – and rightly so! We know your game you fucking Labour c***ball!


      September 7, 2015 at 9:09 pm

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