The number of benefit sanctions imposed on people with mental health problems has increased by 600 per cent over the last four years, Department for Work and Pensions statistics show.
A joint analysis of the figures by the Independent and the mental health charity Mind found that 33,373 people with such conditions had their benefits stopped under sanction in 2014-15 compared to just 4,708 in 2011-12 – a 609 per cent rise.
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