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IDS introduces warning system to benefit sanctions

This article by Ruby Stockham originally appeared in Left Foot Forward.

Changes will give sanctioned claimants 14-days to appeal before their money is stopped

In a response to a Work and Pensions Committee report on benefit sanctions, the government has announced a series of policy changes.

In a letter to Frank Field, the chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, Iain Duncan Smith wrote:

“I am particularly pleased to be able to confirm that, prompted by the Committee’s recommendation for a yellow card warning system, we will trial a system of warning before a sanction is imposed.”

At present a claimant stops receiving their benefit the moment they are notified of the sanction, giving them no chance to plan for their changed circumstances. Under the new system claimants will be given 14 days to appeal against the sanction before their money is stopped. IDS wrote that this ‘will strike the right balance between enforcing the claimant commitment and fairness’.

In 2014, the Department for Work and Pensions released figures which showed that 58 per cent of people seeking to overturn sanctions were successful. Thus the system being trialled should have a significant impact on the number of people having their benefits withheld for any amount of time.

The Work and Pensions secretary also announced that the Department would be considering extending the criteria of those eligible for ‘hardship’ payments in the event of a sanction to those with mental health conditions and those who are homeless.

The changes will mark a welcome softening of the sanctions system after criticism from the Committee. However, IDS still has big questions to answer about sanctions-related deaths; until his position on these is clear it will be difficult for vulnerable people to trust any gift from him.

What a result!

Following a successful Appeal Tribunal on PIP, Personal Independence Payment taken by Richard Vivian, the outcome for the client was £3,581.43 back payment plus an extra £54.45 per week.

What a result! Well done Richard.

Farewell Sam

This week another of our volunteers at the Barnsley Unite Community Support Centre has left us. Recently Mohammad Tariq left and Wednesday was Sam Howarth’s last day with us.

Both men made a huge contribution to the Centre, learning about the complicated benefits system from Richard Vivian, in order to help those in need.

The good news is that both Mohammad and Sam have found employment. Great for them but leaves us looking for a replacement and their shoes will be hard to fill.

Many thanks Mo and Sam and we hope all goes well for you.

Contact us if you would like to get involved and help at the centre.

NUM Banners

 To commensurate the 30th Anniversary of the Miner’s Strike the is displaying NUM Banners as well as at gala’s and rallies, banners were also prominently displayed during protest marches, including during the 1984-85 strike against pit closures.

Please click to view pictures!

The NUM banners depicted the history and politics of the collieries and were a huge source of pride for NUM (National Union of Miners) member.

If you have further queries please do speak to Joe Rollin.

Joe Rollin Unite Community Coordinator / Unite In Schools Coordinator
55 Call Lane Leeds LS1 7BW
Tel 07711 375 536
Email joe.rollin@unitetheunion.org

Community Support Centre Websites
Barnsley
http://barnsleycsc.com/

Unite Community At Job Center Plus

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Unite Community members where out leafleting again today, this time outside the Barnsley Job Centre again, to deliver our letter to PCS Members in the Barnsley DWP office.

This week Unite Community will be holding an information stall outside the Barnsley DWP office to highlight the coalition government’s unfair and unjustified attacks on the benefits system and on the unemployed, the sick and disabled and their families who rely on these benefits. We ask you to support the action in any way you can. I want to emphasise that this stall is not aimed at DWP employees/PCS members, who we know are under similar attack from this Government in terms of redundancy threat and squeeze on pay and conditions. We want to make common cause with you as out fight is your fight and vice versa. Instead this demonstration is aimed at the government’s savage policy of cutting £30 billion out of the benefits system and forcing people of benefits through measures like the cruel sanctions regime and the discredited Work Capability Assessment.

This has resulted in us setting up a meeting with the Barnsley PCS Branch. Leaflet here.

Joe Rollin Unite Community Coordinator / Unite In Schools Coordinator
Tel 07711 375 536
joe.rollin@unitetheunion.org

 

 

 

The Impact Of Sanctions & Austerity Measures

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The impact of the sanctions vary: in the most extreme cases a person can lose their benefits for three years. As Jobcentre front line staff are being pressured to sanction more and more people we reveal some of the most insane reasons given to people that has resulted in them having their benefits stopped here. We look at the most ridiculous reasons for sanctioning benefits yet.

  •   “ARMY VETERAN STEPHEN TAYLOR, 60, WHOSE JOBSEEKER’S ALLOWANCE (JSA) WAS STOPPED AFTER HE SOLD POPPIES IN MEMORY OF FALLEN SOLDIERS”.

Details link: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/war-hero-stephen-taylors-benefits-2895202

  •   “A MAN HAD TO MISS HIS REGULAR APPOINTMENT AT THE JOB CENTRE TO ATTEND HIS FATHER’S FUNERAL. HE WAS SANCTIONED EVEN THOUGH HE TOLD DWP STAFF IN ADVANCE”.

Details Link: http://politicalscrapbook.net/2014/02/jobseeker-had-benefits-cut-for-attending-his-fathers-funeral/

  •   “CERI PADLEY, 26, HAD HER BENEFITS SANCTIONED AFTER SHE MISSED AN APPOINTMENT AT THE JOBCENTRE – BECAUSE SHE WAS AT A JOB INTERVIEW”.

Details Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2347281/Unemployed-graduate-benefits-stopped-missing-job-centre-appointment-INTERVIEW.html

  •   “A MAN GOT SANCTIONED FOR MISSING HIS SLOT TO SIGN ON – AS HE WAS ATTENDING A WORK PROGRAMME INTERVIEW. HE WAS THEN SANCTIONED AS HE COULD NOT AFFORD TO TRAVEL FOR HIS JOB SEARCH”.

Details Link: https://twitter.com/RTCAB/status/278572512114249728

  •  “MOTHER-OF-THREE ANGIE GODWIN, 27, SAID HER BENEFITS WERE SANCTIONED AFTER SHE APPLIED FOR A ROLE JOB CENTRE STAFF SAID WAS BEYOND HER”.

Detail Link: http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/local-news/unemployed-mums-despair-after-jobseeker-5912618

 

For a detail view on the most senseless sanctions decisions made please visit the following link: http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/the-11-most-senseless-benefit-sanction-decisions-known-to-man–x1dmkd2_Me

Unite Community have been involved in the campaign against sanctions that is pushing thousands of people into poverty, debt and reliance on food banks. We also think it is no coincidence that as we see these savage attacks on our Welfare state we also see the rise in casual work and zero hours contracts in short workers are being forced into precarious jobs creating a cycle of unsecured work, low pay and a reliance on charitable donations is this what Mr Cameron meant by our Big Society?………………!

Check out the website of former DWP staff helping helpless and poor societies against the austerity http://jobseekersanctionadvice.com/

Check out the Barnsley Unite Community Blog Here http://barnsleycsc.com/

And the Unite / PCS Sanctions advice here http://www.unitetheunion.org/uploaded/documents/CommunitySanctionsGuide11-18024.pdf