Posted: December 2016
Benefit sanctions "can devastate claimant health and wellbeing. They impoverish already poor people and drive them to food banks." The House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee have been told this in varying degrees by 19 expert witnesses. This has led to a cross-party call for an independent review of the operation and effectiveness of sanctions. In Secure and Ready , Will Horowitz says that the current system assumes that claimants are trying to milk the system. The reality is that only 0.7% of the social security budget is lost to fraud. He adds, "As a result, it humiliates, causes stress and illness, stigmatises, destroys confidence, and leaves the most vulnerable people further away from work." You can support the call to review sanctions at #Rethinksanctions.
For a full Guardian article on the topic, click here.
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
Sunday evening's packed church for Helen Kirk's final service as our church minister and circuit superintendent was so much more than to see her 'safely off the premises' as Helen joked. It was to share in a wonderful and joyous service of worship together and to say a big 'thank you' to Helen and her husband Andrew for the fantastic contributions they have both made...
I am grateful for the last 5 years that Andrew and I have shared with you all at Aylesbury. For your hospitality, your stories, love, grace, laughter and friendship; for your openness to share your vulnerabilities and willingness to challenge us when we have got things wrong. A shared journey in the presence of God.And now we now look to start new journeys, as you welcome the Atkinsons and...
This Sunday, July 14th is Action for Children Sunday. Following the morning Family and Brigades' service, led by Rev. Helen Kirk, there will be a CAKE AND PRODUCE STALL in the Hall, to raise funds for their work to improve the lives of thousands of vulnerable children and young people. So this is an invitation to all to please come into the Hall to browse and support the stall.We will be...