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Sanctions – DWP Recruit over 1500 Decision Makers!


We’ve now suffered through the Lies from Esther McVey  Wednesday  04 February 2015 9:30 AM on “benefit sanctions policy” , with  her ‘assurances’ there are “categorically no targets set on how many claimants should be sanctioned”‘

Refuted yesterday offered more evidence that contradicts McVey with the DWP recruiting an extra 1600 Benefit Sanctions Decision Makers  since taking office!; They support these statistics with the comment “Whilst the DWP continually says it has no Benefit Sanctions Targets, despite irrefutable evidence, this view now seems even more implausible since today it published statistics that it show they nearly trebled the number of sanction decision makers?”


Lets not forget All these #Sanctions are made by unqualified people  there are no specific external qualifications required for the decision making role. All Decision Makers go through a training programme that supports the individual in their role. The Decision Maker consolidates this learning with…

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Yet more evidence of DWP benefit sanction targets


In spite of long-standing evidence to the contrary, including officials calling benefit sanctions ‘an achievement’ and revelations by the Guardian, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has continued to deny that it sets targets for its Jobcentre Plus (JCP) employees to impose sanctions (immediate cessation) on benefit claimants.

Although it will no doubt continue to be denied, the issue is put beyond even the slightest doubt by an excellent find by the ‘Same Difference’ blog.

Same Difference uncovered a circular to JCP staff which:

  • includes the imposition of sanctions in ‘key performance areas’ that are measured
  • refers specifically to targets for benefit sanctions and ‘stricter benefit regimes’

Here is the document:

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Internal DWP communications show that sanctions are not just a target but a ‘key performance area’. For Iain Smith etc to claim that their department is not setting JCP workers targets on the number of people from whom they summarily…

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