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Church report condemn sanctions that hit 100,000 children

Church Action on Poverty has published a report condemning sanctions, which they say affect not only claimants but also 100,000 dependent children.

The report points out that:Clip from report web page

“If you commit a crime, no criminal court in the UK is allowed to make you go hungry as a punishment. But if you’re late for an appointment at the Jobcentre, they can remove all your income and leave you unable to feed yourself or your family for weeks at a time.”

The report also quotes one sanctioned claimant explaining that he received a three month sanction for getting ill because of severe weight loss during a one month sanction:

“During the first three weeks of my sanction I continued to look for work as I was required to. By the fourth week however I was exhausted, unwell and no longer had it in me. I was not eating as I had no food and was losing a lot of weight. I told the Jobcentre I was unwell through not eating but was sanctioned for another three months for not looking for work properly.”

The report is likely to enrage the DWP and Iain Duncan smith as they struggle to continue to convince people that only a “tiny minority” of claimants are sanctioned and only ever as a “last resort”.

You can download the full report, “Time to Rethink Benefits Sanctions”, watch videos and TV programmes and email your MP on this issue.

Comments  

#13 Paul Richards 2015-03-10 21:40
Hi Bill & Mrs Bill,
Thanks for that - I am not surprised in the slightest - I've still not had anything back from either of them - in fact, now I would be very surprised if I did.
It is shameful in our so called 'democracy' that the right-wing press should be able to control so much. It is very likely that come the General Election, this right-wing biased press will, most likely actually decide who wins and who does not due to the constant propaganda and lies that will inevitably spew forth from the most favoured parties as far as THEY are concerned.
Where now is the 'Electoral Reform Society'!
It is also shameful that, when the most vulnerable, the sick and the disabled of Britain are being constantly hit and hit again by this idealogically driven and rich banker & multicorporatio n supporting Government whose now ONLY idea is taking this country back to the 1930's by unremitting austerity and cuts - that at the same time, these MP's who receive a 'taxpayer' paid salary of £67000 per year then have an 11% pay rise, whilst many at the same time cannot live on this and then take extra 'consultancies' at upwards of £1600 PER HOUR in some cases.
During 2014 more than 200 of these MP's had second jobs totalling more than £7.4 million in total.
And after all of this, they continue to cut the 'Welfare Bill' - where for goodness sake does the European Human Rights Commission come into this?
Kasbah was right - the bast***s should be taken to the whip - horse-whipped I would say, then strip them of their salaries and get them all to live on £55 or £67 per week JSA.
I very much doubt that they would be able to survive, let alone live!
#12 Bill 2015-03-10 07:39
Same as you Paul Richards, we wrote last week and have nothing but the automated response.

Sadly, as expected.

Mr & Mrs Bill
+1 #11 Paul Richards 2015-03-09 21:22
Hi all,
More than 24 hours on and I have heard absolutely nothing from either of them. Neither BBC or Sky News - surprise, surprise!!!
(They did send an automated acknowledgement of the e-mail that I sent to them and that was that!)
Just to emphasise a point, please have a dekko at this one also. This is exactly the sort of thing that we are up against!
This woman is probably raking it in from HSBC Bank (whilst also overseeing the BBC in some quasi-official capacity - What!!)

http://www.talktalk.co.uk/news/uk/article/bbc-trust-chair-urged-to-resign/162377/[/ur
+1 #10 Paul Richards 2015-03-08 17:48
Hi all,
I have just e-mailed bbc news at: bbcbreakfast@bbc.co.uk
and Sky News at : news@sky.com

As we all dutifully pay our TV licence fees I have asked them for explanations as regards 'Welfare Reform Disasters are killing people and also possible bias'.
The exact text will probably be too long for a post on here, but I have included various questions including the coverage of issues involving IDS, Esther Mc Vey & the DWP (lack of 'true' information).
Also the lack of coverage of 'Government Welfare Reform cuts' and the sanctions, deaths/suicides attributed to them.
The lack of coverage of 'demonstrations ' (including the one months ago that started outside of BBC TV Centre in London).
The coverage of 'statistics' sometimes seemingly twisted to be in the Government's favour.
How 'important' stories are aired on very early morning TV, then dropped for the remainder of the day.
The preponderance of Government Ministers going to factories or other workplaces in new tabards and new hard hats, seemingly to promote popularity of them to the general public.
Government Ministers distorting the 'truth' & sometimes telling downright (checkable) alleged lies or twisting of the truth for further Government popularity.

I am now awaiting a reply from them and will let you all know in due course.
+1 #9 Bill 2015-03-04 07:15
Thanks guys for the addresses you supplied. We are working on them and will let you know anything we get back.

Mrs & Mrs Bill
+3 #8 Paul Richards 2015-03-03 20:52
Hi Drizzle, Bill & Mrs Bill, satmanbasil (with thanks also to Stephen Hall)
With all of the apparent bias which is being blatantly displayed by the Media, the time has definitely come for this to occur. Over the next number of days I hope to formulate a very relevant and direct e-mail also to these organisations (and if I can get the e-mail addresses, others also) - I will let you know what they say in due course, if and when they have the decency to reply.
I agree with satmanbasil also that one or two e-mails are not enough - as always, it is always best to have strength in 'numbers'.
We shall wait and see what the outcomes are!!
+2 #7 Drizzle 2015-03-03 18:36
Quoting Stephen Hall:
Hi
This is the contact details of the BBC breakfast show, see if they respond?
bbcbreakfast@bbc.co.uk


Thanks for that, I'll be emailing them shortly.

In the meantime I've already contacted the BBC news website using the web form they provide:-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/contact-us/have-your-say?assetUri=/news/10725415

I was going to post the email I put together but it's too long to fit into this comment. I'd be happy for others to use my words if there was somewhere I could post it (although, to be fair, it's mainly a re-hash of B&W's words and quotes from a couple of other websites mentioned here recently).

We need to organise pre-written letters along with the relevant email addresses that people can use as it would make things a lot quicker and easier. I've signed numerous online petitions that provided this service and have written emails in support because it was very easy to do, whereas I probably wouldn't have got around to it otherwise. Something like this for benefit claimants and their supporters would be invaluable. I only wish I was well enough to organise it myself.

Our voices will only be heard if we join together and shout loud enough.

Here's a couple of email addresses for The Guardian:-

UK news desk: national@theguardian.com
Politics: politics@theguardian.com

I'll be emailing them both.
+2 #6 Bill 2015-03-03 15:44
We have emailed the BBC, will let you know if/when they respond.

Mr & Mrs Bill
+2 #5 Stephen Hall 2015-03-03 08:56
Hi
This is the contact details of the BBC breakfast show, see if they respond?
bbcbreakfast@bbc.co.uk
+1 #4 Drizzle 2015-03-02 23:50
Quoting satmanbasil:
What is needed here is a coordinated response by claimant to the media outlets all pointing these facts to them and asking for a response. They may ignore the odd one or two emails landing on there desk but if 1000's arrive all asking why the story is being ignored we will know the ones that are in the government pockets for not reporting large number of peoples concerns.

If anyone has details of media outlets email addresses maybe BFW can open a contact page here for us to note.


That's a really good idea. I'm certainly up for helping to bombard media organisations (and my local MP) with emails demanding publicity and answers.
+2 #3 satmanbasil 2015-03-02 22:17
What is needed here is a coordinated response by claimant to the media outlets all pointing these facts to them and asking for a response. They may ignore the odd one or two emails landing on there desk but if 1000's arrive all asking why the story is being ignored we will know the ones that are in the government pockets for not reporting large number of peoples concerns.

If anyone has details of media outlets email addresses maybe BFW can open a contact page here for us to note.
+3 #2 Bill 2015-03-02 19:01
We agree with comment #1 from Drizzle....... no media wide reports of all this..... a total disgrace.

Do we need any more proof of the way in which the Tory owned and the Tory supporting Press behave?

Should we, the sick and disabled and others relying on benefits, ever take any notice of anything the Press say at all?

They only tell us the news that makes anyone on benefits look bad, and then some of us either STILL vote for them.... or dont vote at all....... what IS that all about?!

Can we, the so called benefit scroungers, suffer another 5 years of this?

We sincerely hope not !

Mr & Mrs Bill
+3 #1 Drizzle 2015-03-02 14:52
Brilliant and timely report but will the wider media publicise it or will it be ignored as usual. It's certainly not being reported on the BBC website today.

It seems the suffering of the most vulnerable in society is of no interest to most journalists or the general public.

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