Statistics on benefit sanctions released last week revealed that the proportion of claimants sanctioned under Universal Credit (2.8%) is nearly ten times higher than under Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) (0.3%), and nearly 30 times higher than Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) (0.1%).
In Inverclyde, 159 claimants of Universal Credit were sanctioned in May 2018. It was revealed that the average Universal Credit sanction lasts for longer than JSA and ESA sanctions.
The UK government’s Universal Credit system has been deeply flawed and harmful since its roll-out.
With financial support being shamefully pulled from claimants who have already faced delays in Universal Credit, as well as the direct link between people who have been sanctioned and the rise in foodbank use and poverty, the UK government is pushing people into crisis.
I plan to visit the local Greenock jobcentre in the near future to learn more about the claimant commitment and the sanctions being imposed on individuals.