Benefit sanctions – ineffective and immoral

jobcentreplusFood banks and job clubs, run by churches and community organisations around the country are reporting increased numbers of destitute people asking for emergency help, who come to them with the story “I’ve been sanctioned”. Greg Smith, a long-standing supporter of Church Action on Poverty, explores just what that means.

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How am I supposed to live? The role of Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre PlusThe House of Commons Select Committee for Work and Pensions invited feedback about the role of Jobcentre Plus in welfare reform. We made sure that they heard the shocking stories of the people we work with, many of whom are being forced further into poverty by unfair rules and systems.

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