Vox Political: 300,000 Sanctioned without Warning

This is another story from Vox Political. Dr David Webster, a researcher at Glasgow University, has calculated that over the last five years 300,000 people have suffered through having their benefits sanctioned without warning. The letters informing them of the decision were not sent out due to ‘an administrative error’. He made this discovery based in information released to him under the Freedom of Information Act.

Mike’s article is at: http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2015/11/02/destitute-and-penniless-no-warning-benefit-sanctions-imposed-in-nearly-300000-cases/

Two things occur to me. Firstly, it may well have been administrative error that the letters weren’t sent out. On the other hand, given that this government does not like to release any information that may allow their decisions to be challenged, this can be doubted.

Secondly, as another embarrassment to the government produced through public access to government documents, it shows why Chris Grayling and his masters are trying to neuter the Freedom of Information Act as fast as they can. Before another scandal happens, no doubt.

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