The benefit sanction regime brought in by Iain Duncan Smith has pushed Jobcentres towards a culture of harassment, not help. Sanctions are being used unfairly and arbitrarily – and it’s not just claimants saying this, but Jobcentre Plus staff.
Many Jobcentre advisers say they are given targets for sanction referrals and feel bullied by managers into sanctioning jobseekers who are doing their best to find work. And now, the cross-party Work and Pensions Committee of MPs has called for an urgent review of the failing sanctions regime.
We’re starting a petition to be given to the next Secretary of State for Work and Pensions after the election, asking them to immediately establish the review called for by the Committee.