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Work and Pensions Committee
Report published: Benefit sanctionsReport published: Benefit sanctions large print pdf
The inquiry will look at recent sanctions policy developments, like the "yellow card" system which gives claimants 14 days to challenge a decision to impose a sanction before it is put into effect. The system was announced in late 2015 although there is still no date for introducing it.
The inquiry will also consider the evidence base for the impact of sanctions, both that emerging from newly published statistics, and the robustness of the evidence base for the current use of sanctions as a means of achieving policy objectives. Previously published in the Department's quarterly statistical summaries, the Benefit Sanctions Statistics will now be a separate quarterly publication.
Evidence given by Alok Sharma MP, Minister of State for Employment, Neil Couling CBE, Director of Universal Credit Programme, Iain Walsh, Director of Labour Market Strategy and International Affairs and Colin Stewart, Universal Credit Operations Area Director (North)
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Government must urgently re-assess "harmful and counterproductive" sanctions regime