As the Budget looms and the government prepares to take an axe to benefits – above all for the working poor – the issue of sanctions has been out of the headlines.
But there are voices who continue protesting:
A group of churches and charities have called on the UK government to hold an urgent independent review into the benefit sanctions regime.
Welfare Weekly. (3rd of July)
The group argue that the government has failed to heed the recommendation of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, who called for a full independent review of the benefit sanctions system earlier this year.
Dame Anne Begg, who chaired the Committee’s investigation, said: “The implementation of the present sanction regime is controversial with the government claiming it is effective in helping people into work while many others say sanctions are causing real distress to families and are actually acting as a barrier to participation.”
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