ACT NOW – Scrap Benefit Sanctions for Good!

Please act now and email your MP to get rid of sanctions once and for all

Reintroducing benefit sanctions in the context of the covid-19 pandemic is cruel, immoral and unfair. There is no evidence to show sanctions work and plenty of evidence about the negative impact they have on Disabled people.

Take action now https://actionnetwork.org/letters/act-now-scrap-sanctions-for-good?source=direct_link&

Why we are concerned

During the pandemic, sanctions and conditionality aren’t just immoral – they are dangerous. It is especially unfair and unjust when we are facing a historic rise in unemployment. Many of the people being forced to look for work will come from Disabled and or BAME communities, who have died at far higher rates. Disabled people will face increased exposure to covid-19 if they have to attend jobcentre appointments, catch public transport or go into a workplace where social distancing and other safety measures have not been put in place.

Please act now and email your MP to get rid of sanctions once and for all

Take action now https://actionnetwork.org/letters/act-now-scrap-sanctions-for-good?source=direct_link&

What are benefit sanctions?

A benefit sanction is what the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) calls it when they reduce or stop your benefit payment for a period of time. This might be because they decide, for example, you are not actively seeking work, you missed a work-focused interview, or some other reason.

If you are on benefits and facing sanctions

The Public Law Project has written a guide about your rights which you can access here

If you need advice, contact Citizens Advice here

Advice Now have produced A survival guide to benefit sanctions

Inclusion London is keen to hear from people who have been sanctioned. If you want to share your experience, please get in touch: info@inclusionlondon.org.uk