A record level number of Universal Credit (UC) sanctions has recently been published by the Department of Work and Pensions on the 22nd May 2022.
It is reported by the DWP that the amount of UC sanctions had reached a record high in January 2022 this is according to statistics released by the DWP in May.
This follows the restrictions during the the pandemic when the DWP had been pressurised to remove work search and availability requirements for UC claimants also suspending face-to-face interviews due to the health risks involved. Work search and availability requirements were reintroduced gradually and are now fully implemented.
According to the latest figures released by the DWP UC sanctions prior to the pandemic consisted of 2.51% of UC claimants being sanctioned. In February 2022 sanction levels had risen dramatically to 3.90%.
According to the report in January 2022 there were reported 38,200 adverse sanction decisions showing the highest number of adverse sanction decisions on UC full service ever recorded, leaving many claimants dragging claimants further into poverty.
According to the DWP statistics released in February 2022 36.3% of UC claimants were in the conditionality groups that could be subject to sanctions, this includes claimants in the “searching for work”, “planning for work”, “preparing for work” or “unknown” conditionality groups.
It appears that the DWP have wasted no time in hitting claimants with sanctions and this is what they do best. Instead of helping claimants they find it more beneficial to unfairly sanction some of the most vulnerable people.
The conditionality requirements are confusing especially after the pandemic with many claimants not realising that their requirements had returned to normal. It’ll also be interesting to find out how many of them were affected by long Covid or indeed Covid itself and of course they wouldn’t have been able to reach out for sympathy from the DWP.
Not only will these sanctions have a terrible affect upon a persons health and well-being they will also put even more pressure upon already over subscribed food banks that were already struggling before the pandemic.
Whilst the nation is supposed to be celebrating the queens jubilee, a woman with an immense amount of privilege and wealth, thousands will be left suffering in extreme poverty unable to afford even the most basic things. It’s time that we should highlight their plights instead of celebrating the jubilee.
You can find the full report here at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/benefit-sanctions-statistics-to-january-2022-experimental/benefit-sanctions-statistics-to-january-2022-experimental
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10 thoughts on “Whilst The Queen Celebrates Jubilee Record level Of Universal Credit Sanctions Published”
Something just occurred to me. This £650 that everyone on Benefits are supposed to be getting courtesy of Rishi Sunak’s unlikely but inevitable Socialist Solutions to the crisis of Capitalism, well what happens if you’re Sanctioned, do you still get the £650 or will you be deemed to not be in receipt of qualifying Benefits? Purely an academic question on my part, I’m not Sanctioned, but many others are.
Rising Benefit Sanctions as made it into the local news, though it is obviously a national problem. Don’t expect to hear anything from Starmer or Reeves about it though, whilst Boris and Sunak are busy “levelling up” (yeah right) :
Thanks Trev!! Spot on they obviously don’t care do they x
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Benefit Sanctions are unnecessarily punitive and have long since been proved to be ineffective and counterproductive in helping people into work. Sanctions are purely cruel and an obvious act of Class War, nothing less than what we expect of the Tories. Pity that the Blairites in the Labour Party also support the use of Sanctions. Everybody hates the poor.
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They certainly are Trev the DWP are monsters
There’d be pigs flying in formation over Manchester before you’d get any sympathy from the DWP, the bastard murderers.