Committee hold evidence session into benefit sanctions

15 January 2015

The Work and Pensions Select Committee announces the second of three oral evidence sessions for its inquiry into benefit sanctions policy beyond the Oakley Review.


Wednesday 21 January 2014, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 9.30am

  • Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group
  • Lois Race, Service Manager, Derbyshire County Council
  • Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite, Durham University
  • Fiona Weir, Chief Executive Officer, Gingerbread

At 10.30am

  • Ben Robinson, Head of Policy, Community Links
  • Steve Hughes, Head of Economic and Social Policy, Policy Exchange
  • Mark Serwotka, General Secretary, and Helen Flanagan, Vice-President DWP, Public and Commercial Services Union
  • Professor David Stuckler, University of Oxford

Purpose of the session

The session explores:

  • The local authority perspective, including the potential impacts of sanctioning on local welfare assistance provision
  • The potential health impacts of sanctioning, particularly in relation to ESA claimants
  • The application of conditionality and sanctions to single parent claimants
  • Jobcentre Plus (JCP) staff and managers’ attitudes and approaches to conditionality and sanctioning; the impact of JCP benefit off-flow targets and sanctioning rates
  • The destinations of sanctioned claimants
  • Possible reforms and alternatives to the current sanctioning system

Further information

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