DWP concedes that social security sanctions harm people’s health

We should be ashamed of ourselves for allowing this to happen.
Citizens Advice have estimated that there a around 29,000 people left without any money. Yes that’s right no money for 6-8 weeks.
You try being without funds to buy food and to pay for gas and electricity and then wonder why people take their lives.
The DWP’s response – call centers have been issued with a pink card to wave over their heads, so that a supervisor comes over to take over the call is someone says they are suicidal!!
It makes me so angry.
What happened to our humanity.


THE Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has published guidelines to jobcentres acknowledging that social security sanctions actively damage the health of claimants.


The guidelines state that imposing benefit sanctions for two weeks or more will “usually” damage the health of a claimant. As has been widely reported, many social security sanctions last significantly longer than this, and are sometimes indefinite.

In a section on dealing with vulnerable members of society, official decision makers (DMs) were advised to consider whether the health and wellbeing of a vulnerable person would be damaged more than the average person.

The guideline states: “It would be usual for a normal healthy adult to suffer some deterioration in their health if they were without: 1. Essential items such as food, clothing, heating and accommodation, or 2. Sufficient money to buy essential items for a period of two weeks.”

It goes on to state:”The DM…

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