400,000 Made Destitute By New JSA Sanctions Regime

the headline for this post by Birmingham Against the Cuts is slightly misleading. The post itself does not actually give the figures for the numbers of people made homeless due to their benefit being stopped by the DWP. The 400,000 people referred to in the post’s title are simply number, whose benefits have been sanctioned. This in itself is disgusting. Even more worrying is the fact that, of these, 48,000 have been hit by the maximum sanction of three years. The article then rebuts the argument by the employment minister, Esther McVey, that these sanctions have only been used against those who ‘wilfully refused to be helped’. They cite Sifa Fireside’s statement that benefit sanctions are frequently accompanied by the stoppage of Housing Benefit. The complete loss of their income from benefits, as the post points out, means that many people will be unable to afford to look for work or properly prepare for a job interview, should they get one. It also means more people will be forced into crime simply to be able to eat. It also means that many will find themselves unable to pay for electricity, gas or water, and so will face having these cut off. The article includes a link to a tumblr page giving some of the daft and arbitrary reasons claimants have been given by the Job Centre for cutting off their benefits. To add insult to injury, the article also reports that many Job Centres have not only instructed their employees to sanction as many claimants as possible, but have also provided prizes, like an Easter Egg, to those, who have sanctioned the most people. The article concludes that we urgently need to challenge the current Neo-Liberal economic orthodoxy, and return to the view that unemployment can only be combatted through creating jobs. We also need to return to a social security system that actually provides support for the unemployed. The post finally ends with three links that readers can use to get in touch with organisations fighting the cuts.

Birmingham Against The Cuts

jcp-signThe new sanctions regime for jobseekers, which can see benefits stopped for up to three years, has hit over 400,000 people in the 9 months from October 2012 to June 2013. 48,000 people have had benefits stopped for 3 years, a number which will increase hugely as people sanctioned for the first or second time get caught out again by an increasingly kafkaesque benefit system and the new claimant commitment.

Esther McVey, the minister for employment reckons that sanctions were only used against those who were “wilfully rejecting support for no good reason”, but we know that this isn’t true and have compiled a list of truly ridiculous sanctions which has also been turned into a tumblr page, to keep track and raise awareness of the sometimes bizarre circumstances under which sanctions are applied.

JCP advisors have targets to meet and face performance reviews if they aren’t…

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2 Responses to “400,000 Made Destitute By New JSA Sanctions Regime”

  1. Jeffrey Davies Says:

    welcome to tory Britain 2013 were life is not worth much

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