DWP concedes that social security sanctions harm people’s health

THE Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has published guidelines to jobcentres acknowledging that social security sanctions actively damage the health of claimants.

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The guidelines state that imposing benefit sanctions for two weeks or more will “usually” damage the health of a claimant. As has been widely reported, many social security sanctions last significantly longer than this, and are sometimes indefinite.

In a section on dealing with vulnerable members of society, official decision makers (DMs) were advised to consider whether the health and wellbeing of a vulnerable person would be damaged more than the average person.

The guideline states: “It would be usual for a normal healthy adult to suffer some deterioration in their health if they were without: 1. Essential items such as food, clothing, heating and accommodation, or 2. Sufficient money to buy essential items for a period of two weeks.”

It goes on to state:”The DM must decided if the health of the person with the medical condition would decline more than a normal healthy adult.”

John McArdle of the Black Triangle Campaign, a lobbying group that advocates the rights of disabled people, was quoted  in the Herald stating: “What decent civilised person would look at that and be anything other than utterly appalled by it?

“We are trying to persuade the Scottish Government to legislate to protect people. We also feel they could do more to educate family doctors about the issues of disabled people falling through the net and being sanctioned.”

A spokesperson from the DWP proclaimed that the guidelines did not simply mean that the department believed that sanctions harm health. Yet when asked for an alternative interpretation, they were unable to provide one.


The above article is from commonplace.scot


7 comments

  1. Astonishing ability of DWP to keep their heads in the sand : “DWP proclaimed that the guidelines did not simply mean that the department believed that sanctions harm health. Yet when asked for an alternative interpretation, they were unable to provide one.”

    An admission of guilt by absence of response, their cognitive dissonance preventing them from actually responding.

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  2. they take your money away because they cant take anything else away, they’ve already taken your dignity, your self respect and self independence. if they had their way they would take your soul too. the dwp should be run by the poor, the people who understand it all better and not by people who have never walked the walk

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  3. Reblogged this on Telling it as it is and commented:
    We should be ashamed of ourselves for allowing this to happen.
    Citizens Advice have estimated that there a around 29,000 people left without any money. Yes that’s right no money for 6-8 weeks.
    You try being without funds to buy food and to pay for gas and electricity and then wonder why people take their lives.
    The DWP’s response – call centers have been issued with a pink card to wave over their heads, so that a supervisor comes over to take over the call is someone says they are suicidal!!
    It makes me so angry.
    What happened to our humanity.

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