According to statistics released by the DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) the rate of universal credit recipients hit an all-time high of 6.86% in October 2022.
This total decreased slightly to 6.51% in November 2022.
The statistics released by the DWP show that sanctions have risen by 4.16 percentage points in the last 12 months.
Sanctions given to universal credit recipients can be and are not excluding other reasons for failure to attend or participate in a mandatory interview, failure or inability to complete their online journal or being seen as not to be looking for work enough in their time allotted to do so.
Over the last year over half a million claimants were sanctioned which includes a total of 98.4% of all sanctions given for not attending an in-face or telephone interview.
Needless to say most universal credit recipients do not purposely miss important interviews and there is usually a good reason for doing so which are often not taken into consideration by the DWP.
At a time when most people are struggling because of the current cost of living and energy cost crisis the DWP continues to financially punish the most vulnerable.
It’s abhorrent that the DWP continues to do this, they extend a person’s punishment to such an extent that they can’t see a way out.
It needs to stop before even more people die as a result of the DWPs actions and decision making.
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4 thoughts on “1 In 7 Universal Credit Claimants Sanctioned”
It made my blood boil on Sunday morning listening to Political Thinking with Nick Robinson interviewing Right-wing extremist, Working Class Tory and former Labour Party MP Lee Anderson, who says that no one on Universal Credit is experiencing poverty, and that people who use foodbanks do so because they can’t cook or are simply taking advantage of free food. He reckon that UC claimants are able to earn £40k p/a.
They’re monsters the lot of them
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Exactly. It reminded me of the real need to vote Labour, regardless of my opinion of Starmer. Its precisely because people like Anderson exist that we must continue to vote Labour.