New inquiry must bring an end to highly damaging sanctions regime

A new inquiry has been launched into benefit sanctions by the Work and Pensions Select Committee.

The inquiry will look at how they operate, recent developments, and what the evidence is that they work - either to deter non-compliant behaviour or to help achieve the policy objectives of getting people off benefits and into work.

Scope has responded to the announcement.

Mark Atkinson, Chief Executive at disability charity Scope, said: 
 
"Punitive sanctions can be extremely harmful to disabled people, who already face hundreds of pounds a month of extra living costs.
 
"There is no clear evidence that cutting disabled people’s benefits supports them to get into and stay in work. 
 
"Disabled people tell us sanctions cause immense stress and anxiety, pushing the very people that the Government aims to support into work further away from the jobs market.
 
“We need to finally see an end to the highly damaging sanctions regime. The Government must instead focus on providing tailored, specialist and flexible support to the vast numbers of disabled people who are excluded from employment despite wanting jobs."

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For more information please contact the Press Office on 0207 619 7200 or email pressoffice@scope.org.uk
 

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