Universal credit claimants are going to be introduced to the DWPs new ‘Way To Work’ scheme in the very near future. The conditions for this new job searching programme will be that claimants will only be allowed to look for work in their own field of expertise cut back to one month. After one month claimants will be forced to look for any kind of job. going to have the time they can look for any Jon including work that they’re not qualified to do.
The DWPs new scheme has been introduced because the government has decided to force half a million people into work of any kind by June. Rather conveniently ignoring the fact that employers won’t just allow anyone to do any job without the relevant qualifications and work experience.
The new Way To Work scheme will apply to people that are declared fit for work and are classed as ready to work.
Instead the blame will fall upon already stressed claimants who don’t comply with the new Way To Work regime. If they refuse to look for work that they aren’t qualified for they will face having their universal credit payments sanctioned. Claimants will be forced to adhere to the new terms and conditions upon making their first claim for universal credit.
Whilst the DWP are in the mood for harassing claimants they’re threatening to ramp up the threat of sanctions. Unsurprisingly at the same time they’re refusing to publish a report which they created in 2019 into the effectiveness of sanctions.
In true DWP fashion they’ve changed their mind about publishing the report because they regard it to be of a “sensitive nature”.
Regardless of wether they publish the report or not there is a hell of a lot of information out there, published by other organisations and agencies that prove that sanctioning claimants only has a detrimental effect upon claimants and their families.
Sanctioning claimants ensures that a person will dive even further into poverty, their health will get worse. Many are left without the ability to buy food, heat their homes and pay their rent. I’ve been writing about this for years now, if you scroll down you’ll see my posts.
Given that the number of UC claimants carrying sanctions has already rose tenfold between June and November 2021, it is extremely worrying about about how many more claimants will face sanctions and how will they cope combined with the massive cost of living crisis that is already forcing people to make the choice between eating, heating or neither.
The truth is this. Sanctioning people and taking away a persons only means of financial support is yet another way that the government and the DWP punish people for being poor, blaming them for their own poverty and ensuring that they’ll have to agree with anything that the DWP tells them to do.
Sanctions also ensure that a person that has been sanctioned won’t have the energy to fight back because they’re either scared of what can happen or are too hungry, tired and worried to think about anything else.
Sadly I suspect that the DWP could also sanction people that have failed to get employment with an employer outside of their field of expertise. Will they blame the innocent claimant for not getting the job? Judging from previous experience you can bet that they could well do this.
The new ‘Way to work’ scheme won’t be welcomed by many employers either. Jobs often require qualifications and experience, sending everyone to apply for all jobs could deter employers from advertising jobs with the DWP. It’ll result in a lot of extra work trying to find suitable prospective employees through masses of applications.
It’s the perfect Tory recipe to shut up the voices of the working class, making them too scared to do anything to upset their overseers (DWP).
This isn’t surprising though, its a tried and tested tory tactic, switching the blame for any financial mess that the government has created upon those that are the poorest. They choose to take the blame away from themselves especially when they’ve been behaving shockingly. It’s impossible to forget the newspaper headline quoting people claiming social security of being benefit scroungers and also the numerous poverty porn tv programmes on channel 5.
The stigma of being poor and forced to claim social security hasn’t gone away, it’s alive and kicking online in local Facebook groups and on the streets. We need to continue to call out Boris Johnson and his cronies for exactly what they are lying scum and they’ll never have the publics best interests at heart.
I know how awful it is to be targeted by the DWP and a very judgemental and unhelpful DWP advisor, I know how worrying it is to be threatened with a benefit section. Thousands of people have suffered as a result of this unnecessary sanctioning system. Sanctions don’t help people to look for work and like I’ve stated above they have a very detrimental affect upon a persons wellbeing.
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7 thoughts on “DWP Sanctions Set To Rise Dramatically.”
My opinion on their rule that you eventually have to look for work outside your field of work is that it’s going to backfire on them as, if it were me having to look for a job that I know I have no hope of even getting a reply, I would grab a copy of the local Yellow Pages (if they still exist) and then go through it, writing to each company and applying for every job you could think of from cleaner to MD of said company. This should ease the stress of finding a job somewhat as you’re only doing what they ask of you.
Also, does the Job Centre still offer courses. I was unemployed back in the early 90’s and I did two courses. 1 on I.T. and the second on Computer Programming. Sadly, none of us (30) actually got the placement as a trainee in a job that we were promised at the start of the second course.
I’m now looking after my disabled wife 24/7.
50,000 Sanctions per month!
Some bad news for legacy Benefits claimants (like me), the High Court has unbelievably ruled in favour of the DWP in the case of the extra £20 per week temporary “uplift” awarded to UC but not JSA/ESA. The Judge in my view is a Tory puppet and obviously an Establishment stooge. No Way is this possibly fair, just or equal!!!
It’s absolutely disgusting no doubt they were in the pay packet from some Tory minister. There’s no way that this should have failed.
It’s indicative once again of the Victorian/Dickensian Tory attitude making distinctions between the deserving and, in their eyes, the undeserving poor, just like old Ebenezer; “Are there no Prisons, are there no Workhouses?” and not only the Tories but the entire Establishment view of the poor.
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You can bet Labour won’t say too much about this either. Even the policy Thinktanks are critical of the latest plan (probably not the CSJ though). I wonder what if anything Rachel “tougher than the Tories on Welfare” Reeves has to say about this?
Universal Credit: Why work search at four weeks is a lose-lose policy
February 14, 2022
“New rules encouraging people claiming Universal Credit to look for work earlier are being introduced. In the first of two blog posts, Mary-Alice Doyle explores the new requirement for work search at four weeks and explains why it is a lose-lose policy for claimants and the public purse alike.”
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