Benefits Sanctions Bill

This week my colleague, Mhairi Black MP, launched her Private Member’s Bill which seeks to make the UK Government’s punitive sanctions regime a little bit fairer by establishing a code of conduct.

The bill – which will be debated in the Houses of Commons on December 2nd – would require Jobcentre advisers across the UK to take into account an individual’s circumstances before issuing a sanction and therefore, cutting off their financial support.

Mhairi Black, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, chose to introduce the Benefit Claimants Sanctions (Required Assessment) Bill 2016-17 after hearing from many of her constituents who had suffered hardship as a result of an unfair sanction and through her experiences on the Work and Pensions committee of the differing ways that Jobcentres across the UK implement sanctions.

The survey is available on the SNP’s website here: http://www.snp.org/tacklingsanctions.

I welcome the launch of a public consultation on my colleagues, Mhairi Black MP, Private Member’s Bill which seeks to make the UK Government’s punitive sanctions regime a little bit fairer by establishing a code of conduct.

The bill will introduce a process of assessing a person’s circumstances such as their caring commitments, whether they are at risk of homelessness or whether they suffer from a mental ill-health condition that could be exacerbated by a sanction.

I hope people will participate in the consultation and complete the survey.

 

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