Benefit Sanctions

The Work and Pensions Committee has published its report on the use of benefit sanctions. It is highly critical of the sanctions regime, arging that there is no evidence for its effectiveness and that instead it places vulnerable people at risk.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Benefit Sanctions, Universal Credit
Year of Publication: 
2018
Type: 
Report

A joint team from 6 universities has published the final findings of the Welfare Conditionality project (2013-2018). It presents analysis on the effectiveness, impacts and ethics of welfare conditionality, and the sanctions and mandatory support that underpin this approach.

The Work and Pensions Committee has announced a new inquiry into benefit sanctions: how they operate, recent developments, and what the evidence is that they work - either to deter non-compliant behaviour or to help achieve the policy objectives of getting people off benefits and into work.

The inquiry will look at recent sanctions policy developments, like the "yellow card" system which gives claimants 14 days to challenge a decision to impose a sanction before it is put into effect. The system was announced in late 2015 although there is still no date for introducing it.  

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