Two key studies show that punitive benefit sanctions don’t ‘incentivise’ people to work, as claimed by the government

In a report titled Benefit Conditionality and Sanctions in Salford – One Year on,  commissioned by Salford City Council in 2014, comprised of a task force of Salford’s Financial Inclusion Practitioner’s Group (FIPG) concluded that far from than “incentivising” people to move into work, the sanctions regime actually serves as a barrier, preventing people from engaging in appropriate training, volunteering and demotivating employment-related activities. Furthermore, the  sudden loss of income by removing benefits by imposing punitive sanctions often damages people’s mental health, create tensions within family relationships and may cause individuals to turn to crime in order to meet their basic survival needs.

Source: Two key studies show that punitive benefit sanctions don’t ‘incentivise’ people to work, as claimed by the government

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