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James is now destitute following a sanction: ‘It’s bully boy tactics’, he says.

August 27, 2014

Ann McGauran

James Dearsley, 60, receives a three-month sanction while on the Work Programme James Dearsley, 60, receives a three-month sanction while on the Work Programme
A vulnerable 60-year-old has been left penniless and dependent on food bank support after his Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) was sanctioned at the end of July while on the Work Programme. South-east Londoner James Dearsley received a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (below) telling him that he had been sanctioned from July 29 and that his JSA would not be reinstated until October 29. James, who is already in arrears with his council tax, has spent more than three weeks without social security. This withdrawal of money means that he’s already been forced to use Greenwich food bank twice.

He says the local job centre told him he was being sanctioned because on three consecutive occasions he had failed to turn up for his Work Programme appointment with a Seetec job search support club. The letter…

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  1. August 27, 2014 8:26 pm

    It takes a month without food to starve to death, yet the sanction is for far longer for this victim.

    If the state pension had been equalised at 60 for both men and women instead of nearly 70 now, then this gentleman would have food money and not need to sign on for anything.
    The poorest workers will end up with NIL STATE PENSION FOR LIFE

    Some people, I believe, cannot access vouchers for food banks, when not on benefit.

    The UK is the sole nation in Europe that does not provide council-run free cafes running
    7 days a weey to provide a hot meal and hot drink to the working poor, poor pensioners and the unemployed.

    There is more than enough surplus food in the UK to feed all every day, but Fareshare (supplier of food banks) gains only a tiny amount of the total because not subsidised and food not required by law to be given only to them.

    See more on this on my blog at:

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