The Work and Pensions Select Committee announce the first oral evidence session for its inquiry into benefit sanctions policy beyond the Oakley Review.
Wednesday 7 January 2014, Grimond Room, Portcullis House
- Tony Wilson, Policy Director, Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion
- Philip J Connolly, Policy and Communications Manager, Disability Rights UK
- Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, Employment Related Services Association
- Paul Farmer, Chief Executive Officer, Mind
- Matthew Oakley, recent independent reviewer of JSA sanctions "validated by the Jobseekers Act 2013"
At approx. 10.30am
- Keith Dryburgh, Policy Manager, Citizens Advice Scotland
- Professor Peter Dwyer, Professor of Social Policy, University of York, and Principal Investigator, Welfare Conditionality project
- Nikki Hart, Blackpool Food Partnership Co-ordinator, Methodist Action North West
- Chris Mould, Chairman, The Trussell Trust
- Dr David Webster, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Glasgow
Purpose of the session
This evidence session is with a range of expert commentators; academics; contracted employment services providers; advice organisations; and representative organisations.
The session intends to explore:
- The lessons for wider sanctions policy of the Oakley Review of JSA sanctions in relation to back-to-work schemes
- Whether, and to what extent, it is appropriate to apply conditionality and sanctions to Employment and Support Allowance claimants; the risks of doing so; and how these risks should be mitigated
- Recent trends in sanctioning rates and the reasons for these
- The wider impacts of benefit sanctions on claimants, including food poverty and health impacts, and whether particular groups of claimants are more adversely affected than others
- Evidence on the efficacy of benefit sanctions, including whether they achieve their aim of moving more people into work.