A group of churches and charities is calling on the Government for urgent action on the report from the Work and Pensions Select Committee which over 100 days ago called for a full independent review of the benefit sanctions system. The call for a review is supported by the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Church in Wales, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and by charities Church Action on Poverty, Gingerbread and Mind. The Churches are asking people to write to their MPs.
The group is highlighting that in the same 100 day period last year, 346,256 people who were on Jobseeker’s Allowance and 35,554 people on Employment Support Allowance were referred for sanctions. 92,558 of those referrals were the result of bureaucratic error. Referrals resulted in 175,177 sanctions for Jobseekers and 11,129 for those out of work due to ill health.
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