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WARNING For Anyone Threatened With Being Sanctioned On ESA

November 6, 2013

From Fightback:

Warning for anyone who is threatened with sanctions on ESA, we have been informed by 2 good sources now that sanction squeezes are being put in place to help JC staff reach sanction targets.

If you have been sanctioned you may be told that by JC staff that you will lose ALL benefits if you dont sign onto JSA whilst you appeal the sanction decision. This allegedly, is a ploy to get the figures down and allow targets being imposed to be reached. Before you sign and commit to saying you are fit for work when you are not because of a disability, remember this will mean you CANNOT just switch back over to esa without a fight, as you are saying in your own words you CAN work full time by signing the JSA claimant commitment. We know this has been the case for a while but we know that JC staff are about to really start applying the pressure as they are being heavily pressurised to do so.
So get advice before you sign on! Michelle

15 Comments leave one →
  1. November 6, 2013 2:20 pm

    get advice from where?

  2. unreal permalink
    November 6, 2013 2:26 pm

    They know you have no one to turn too’s part of the master plan.

  3. samedifference1 permalink*
    November 6, 2013 2:44 pm


    Fightback are a very helpful group. They have legal knowledge and support their readers/members with benefit appeals. You can join their Facebook page through the link above.

    Also, you could try your local CAB.

    Best wishes


  4. Velvet Rose permalink
    November 6, 2013 2:59 pm

    When they tell you that your fit for work & will be getting JSA instead of ESA DONT sign it or you’ll be agreeing with them .. that your fit for work

  5. November 6, 2013 3:33 pm

    So if you get sanctioned and you get part or all of your money stopped and then don’t start a claim for Jobseekers Allowance because of you have to declare yourself fit for work then where is the money going to come from if you have no other money or family/friends who can help you?

    • rachel permalink
      November 6, 2013 3:44 pm

      End Result, And what the Monster Cameron & co are hoping for is Death….

      • susan webb permalink
        November 6, 2013 10:18 pm


  6. rachel permalink
    November 6, 2013 3:43 pm

    When is all this Extreme Mental Cruelty going to end??? Such Sinister cut throat Freaks!!!

  7. Bigbill permalink
    November 6, 2013 8:26 pm

    I take it they mean that due to the new reconsideration process (From 28th October) that must now happen before any ESA appeal can go in and that while you wait on this second decision no ESA is paid until this second decision is made which could take months, the only way to get some income is to sign on while you wait on the second decision?

  8. holdingon permalink
    November 6, 2013 8:33 pm

    Age UK will advocate for those over 55. They will come out to your home to help with forms if you cannot leave the house.
    Thanks Michelle.

    • susan webb permalink
      November 6, 2013 10:19 pm

      that’s handy to know as my 56th is this month thank you

    • Jaki permalink
      November 6, 2013 10:43 pm

      I believe Age UK will offer help from aged 50 onwards, but worth checking. Certainly 50 is the age on their website.

  9. Jaki permalink
    November 6, 2013 10:49 pm

    They can’t leave people without money. That has to be illegal, and the people at JC+ must realize that some of the most vulnerable people will be left between a rock and a hard place. The advice I’ve always been told is to sign on but explain that you’re disabled and severely limited. JC+ are supposed to reach an agreement with you. You could always try the Disability Employment Adviser who may be more sympathetic. But don’t be left without income. This is what the government want – for people to disappear quietly and then they will have won.


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