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Sanctioned For Missing JobCentre Appointment- Because His Wife Died

November 9, 2015

Taken from here.

In March this year, the Churches published a report showing that nearly 100,000 children had been affected by sanctions in 2014 alone and that people with mental health problems were being sanctioned at a rate of more than 100 per day. As a result of their campaign more than 2,000 people wrote to their MPs asking them to support a review of the system.


The report told stories like that of Martin*, aged 60, who missed an appointment with the job centre because his wife died suddenly. He was sanctioned for six weeks, leaving him with nothing to live on and in a state of confusion as his wife had previously handled most of their joint paperwork. He came to the local church for help and charity Acts435 helped him with his living expenses until he could come to terms with the new shape his life had taken.

I have no words.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 9, 2015 6:27 am

    Reblogged this on lawrencerowntree.

  2. November 9, 2015 11:48 am

    He should complain about the unreasonable behaviour of the JC+ as if a person like a spouse dies suddenly the last thing on that persons mind is any appointments, be they medical or with places like JC+ or DWP. They will say he will not be kept informed but he should state he wants to be kept informed of any action taken against staff and the result
    of the complaint, you never know they may reverse the sanction and pay him the money he was sanctioned

  3. November 9, 2015 8:48 pm

    Reblogged this on campertess and commented:
    Horrifying…. I’m assuming that when the DWP got the information they still kept the sanction in place?… Why can’t something be done for these people who can’t fight back?

  4. November 10, 2015 11:31 am

    Reblogged this on Jay's Journal and commented:
    What kind of a country have we become? What kind of people have we become? Is there no end to this in sight?

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