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.
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