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Benefit Sanctions on Universal Credit Misery.


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Sanctions, a subject this Blog and our contributors have often raised, are in the news today.

The awful number of Universal Credit sanctions forcing Hull families into poverty

Hull Daily Mail.

Shocking new figures have revealed the number of people in Hull who have had their Universal Creditpayments stopped or cut since the scheme was rolled out.

…. 1,547 of the people in Hull claiming Universal Credit saw their payments stopped or reduced at least once since the scheme began, according to official figures as of October 2018.

Payments are either reduced or stopped completely depending on the severity of the sanction.

The lowest levels sanctions are those where a person has failed to attend a work-focused interview whereas the highest level of sanctions, which can last for up to three months, could be given for refusing a job offer.

If people are sanctioned more than once they can have their payments halted or reduced for extra weeks as a penalty.The findings have been condemned by critics with many agreeing that the sanctions are casting the most vulnerable people in society into “destitution.”

These are known as “sanctions,” and happen when a person is judged to have failed to meet the terms of their Universal Credit commitment.

And Cambridgeshire Live (also today),

This is how many people have had their Universal Credit stopped in Cambridgeshire

Payments are reduced or stopped, depending on the severity of the sanction given to that person

More than a thousand people who get Universal Credit in Cambridgeshire have seen their payments stopped or cut since the scheme started.

Warnings from experts have been issued as they think it means more people are having to use food banks, are being pushed into debt, and are forced to “struggle against the tide of poverty”.

The controversial “six-in-one” benefits system replaces “legacy”benefits, including tax credits, housing benefit and unemployment benefit.

But 1,362 people in Cambridgeshire have seen their payments stopped or reduced at least once since the scheme rolled out, according to official figures as of October 2018.

Some background:

Nine times more people sanctioned under Universal Credit

(2018. Mind)

The Government has released statistics detailing how many people who need support from benefits are being sanctioned – having their financial support cut or stopped entirely because they’re not able to do the things that are being asked of them, such as attend appointments with a work coach or Jobcentre Plus advisor.

Universal Credit (UC) is gradually replacing a combination of other benefits, including Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), provided to those who aren’t currently able to work due to a mental and/or physical health problems, and Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA) provided to people looking for paid work.

The figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show:

  • Sanctions under Universal Credit are at least nine times higher than the benefits it is replacing. In the last period for which data is available 2.8 per cent of people saw their benefits drop due to a UC sanction compared to 0.3 per cent of people on JSA and 0.1 per cent of people on ESA.
  • Disabled people receiving ESA are over three times more likely than people in receipt of JSA to still be receiving benefits six months after a sanction – 85 per cent of people receiving ESA compared to 27 per cent people receiving JSA.

Meanwhile Amber Rudd has grub on her mind:

Written by Andrew Coates

March 10, 2019 at 3:32 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on sdbast.


    March 10, 2019 at 4:14 pm


    Lovely Libby

    March 10, 2019 at 4:40 pm

  3. It’s difficult to see how the government could run Universal Credit without sanctions, in its present form.
    The whole system was designed from the very start to remove the protections of Jobseeker’s Allowance, against part-time or zero hours work. And force people off benefits and into low-paid work instead.

    Jeff Smith

    March 10, 2019 at 6:52 pm

  4. Temple invites youngsters to help the homeless with food parcels

    “It is really important to help the children learn about giving back to the community and to help those in need.

    “These are core principles of being a Sikh.”



    March 10, 2019 at 7:49 pm

  5. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating!.


    March 10, 2019 at 10:00 pm

  6. Sanction the DWP state assassins for sanctioning the most poorest peasants.



    March 11, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    • work coach support.”

      what work coach support? they have not done that in a long time now and even when they did it was pointless and i am still not on anyone’s case load i have now just been abandoned again pmsl. 😉


      March 11, 2019 at 3:23 pm

      • More like “work coach” bullying ted. Do the b*stards have to be so bloody evil.



        March 11, 2019 at 5:43 pm

      • they dont want to play ball with me anymore for some reason they just ask any changes nope sign and go 50/50 if they even bother to look at my job search. 😉


        March 11, 2019 at 5:54 pm

  7. Work coaches can dole out sanctions like sweeties and face no penalty if they do so wrongly. Shouldn’t work coaches that sanction people wrongly have some kind of punishment for doing so to discourage them from dropping sanctions on people without good reason?

    Hubert Blaine Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff.

    March 11, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    • mt last work coach tried it and is no no longer working there after the tribunal floor manager went as well lol.

      problem is to many ppl just let them get away with it and take the sanction.


      March 11, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    • Hubert, it would be advisable not to use your real name. It makes it far too easy for ‘bad people’, think DWP, to track you down. And that goes for the other commenters too. Thanks. Andrew Coates

      Andrew Coates

      March 11, 2019 at 5:17 pm

      • Indeed, the DWP follow this Blog like a Padre his Prayer Book.

        Andrew Coates

        March 11, 2019 at 5:35 pm

  8. Keep up the good work Coatsy you’re doing a brilliant job exposing the b*stards.


    March 11, 2019 at 5:46 pm

  9. Andrew Coates

    March 12, 2019 at 11:39 am

    • Indeed! At least we should be thankful that roaches are using ‘restraint’ in their application of sanctions.


      March 12, 2019 at 11:52 am

  10. superted

    March 12, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    • Thanks for that ted. At the moment, my Jobcentre’s policy is to only put new claimants on UC and those whose circumstances have changed. But we shall see.

      jj joop

      March 13, 2019 at 12:23 pm

      • Could be about to get a lot worse:

        Andrew Coates

        March 13, 2019 at 3:56 pm

  11. What will the UK government officially ration first in 2019
    Fuel 4/1
    Milk 11/1
    Bread 16/1
    Olive Oil 16/1
    Cheese 18/1
    Coffee 20/1
    Beef 20/1
    Butter 20/1
    Tomatoes 25/1
    Fish 25/1
    Pork 33/1
    Red Wine 33/1
    White wine 33/1
    Gin 50/1
    Chicken 66/1
    Magnum Ice Creams 100/1
    Champagne 125/1
    Prosecco 125/1
    Mars Bars 150/1

    Paddy Power

    March 12, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    • Universal Credit fiasco as 45,000 Scots seek help filling out DWP online benefits forms

      Many applicants have been struggling with web claims through the scheme’s online-only application system.

      The new flagship welfare scheme requires people to set up an online account then make a claim within 28 days.



      March 12, 2019 at 8:56 pm

      • so why dont they tell them there is a non digital uc service for ppl like this yet still force them to do it online anyway.

        it is just a tactic to stall and delay in the hope they just give up in the first place.


        March 12, 2019 at 9:06 pm

  12. Understaffed and overworked: Why I’ve joined my Universal Credit colleagues on strike

    The service is at crisis point and despite the best efforts of my fellow union members we have not been able to convince management to change course.

    I have never known such an unmanageable amount of work. We’re dealing with claimants who in many cases have complex problems and need tailored help



    March 12, 2019 at 8:59 pm

  13. Tories out. Scrap Universal Credit. Fight for living wages and welfare!

    Universal Credit is hardly out of the news. The suffering and anxiety it has caused is immeasurable – so much so that even some Tory MPs have been forced to highlight problems with its implementation.


    Universal Credit leaves people relying on food parcels for FOUR weeks

    Number of hard up benefit claimants seeking help from the charity rises sharply following introduction of controversial Government scheme


    Strike to stop suffering at Universal Credit centres

    UC was introduced by the Tory government as a way of cutting benefits for some of the most vulnerable in society.



    March 13, 2019 at 5:47 pm

  14. Fears Brexit will fuel food bank crisis as thousands struggle to put food on their tables

    The North East is expected to be the area worst hit by Britain leaving the European Union


    EU referendum: Almost all North East areas vote for Brexit

    Voters across north-east England have given the thumbs down to European Union membership.



    March 13, 2019 at 5:51 pm

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