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Esther McVey says international evidence points to effectiveness of sanctions but concedes ‘no system is perfect’

The employment minister has defended the government’s policy of removing people’s benefit payments when they fail to meet certain conditions.

Giving evidence to MPs on the work and pensions select committee, Esther McVey said international evidence pointed to the effectiveness of benefit sanctions, but warned that “no system is perfect” and ideally nobody would need to be sanctioned.

McVey argued that the purpose of the government’s welfare changes had been to make the system more personalised and to “understand the need of the individual”. She said that once claimants were sanctioned it acted as a red flag and alerted the authorities that a person was vulnerable and in need of help.

Very few people are sanctioned, the employment minister said, with only 0.00057% of those referred given the maximum three-year sanction.

Read the full story in the Guardian


+5 #5 tintack 2015-02-06 14:48
McVey is one of the worst. This is no surprise.

But it's not all bad news. Heart-warming tidings from a recent issue of Private Eye say that Bill Gunnyeon - until a few months ago the DWP's chief medical officer, and therefore up to his neck in the WCA farce - has landed a consultancy job with Maximus. This comes after the news that the new health and work "service" - an occupational health assessment over the phone - is being run by a Maximus-owned company. And who have they recruited to run this absurd scheme? Michael O'Donnell, the former chief medical officer at Atos and our old friends Unum.

So, if you're one of those sick and disabled people who has been forced into destitution by welfare "reform", you can always take comfort from the fact that there are some who are doing very nicely indeed out of this system of state-sponsored cruelty. Don't you feel better already?
+6 #4 Paul Richards 2015-02-05 20:28
Hi all,
What a load of total rubbish this poor apology for an 'Employment Minister' Esther McVey actually says . She is exactly the same as all of the rest - twisting the undeniable truth - making out that her Government is 'helping the poor into much needed work' when they are actually not - indeed making these workers poorer.
I hope that when the next G.E comes around, then she is voted out of her constituency/of fice and has to sign on for JSA or ESA.
She may then, and only then get an idea of what her & IDS's DWP is really all about
As an insight into what the 'LibDems' may do - Channel 4 News had Nick Clegg & Danny Alexander undoubtedly on the Election Trail! Firstly and foremostly they said that they would continue the 'Deficit Reduction' policies at present being pursued! They suggested that if they entered 'POWER' then they would attempt to implement £4 bn of 'Welfare Cuts' (including taking away the Winter Fuel payment for the highest paid pensioners) , £12bn of 'other spending cuts', £6 bn catching up with tax avoidance/evasi on and £8 bn of 'extra taxes' (not including Nat. Insurance) and also an end to 'Austerity' in 3 years time.
What an utter shambles of a 'democracy' - when, in the next General Election, they are likely to be decimated anyway. I truly wish that they would genuinely look at their lamentable record in actively supporting most of the Tory Party's 'Welfare Reform' policies.
Shame, Shame, Shame!
Do they really want to be in 'Government' next time??
Ha, Ha - what a farce - with their overall performance THEY couldn't run a dog kennels, let alone a FAIR country.
+6 #3 Just Me 2015-02-05 14:56
“understand the need of the individual”. She said that once claimants were sanctioned it acted as a red flag and alerted the authorities that a person was vulnerable and in need of help."

I'm sure that will be of great comfort to the relatives of the people that have died due to this corrupt and draconian regime .
+8 #2 b s 2015-02-05 11:02
Hence the fall in unemployment and the fiddled figures what the liars keep brainwashing people with...
+2 #1 papasmurf 2015-02-05 10:38
If you can stomach it watch it here:-


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