Lack of clarity on sanctions ‘leads to postcode lottery’

GOVERNMENT rules on benefit sanctions lead to a “postcode lottery” that forces some into poverty, SNP MP Mhairi Black warned yesterday as she tried to tighten up their application.
Moving the second reading of her private member’s Bill in the Commons, the Paisley & Renfrewshire South MP said jobcentre staff’s mood had an effect on whether claimants are sanctioned or not.
Jobcentre staff do a “tremendous job given the system they have to work with” but that everyone has “bad days,” she said, that could end up ruining someone’s ability to be able to pay for food and every day essentials.... read more

 
3 December 2016 in Editorial, Views: 48
Source: Morning Star
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