Social Security Benefits: Disqualification:Written question - 215708

Asked by Stephen Timms
(East Ham)

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Asked on: 24 November 2014
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits: Disqualification
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is Department's policy that Jobcentre Plus officials should liaise with Health and Social Service agencies when benefit sanctions are applied to vulnerable individuals.
Answered by: Esther McVey
Answered on: 27 November 2014

There is no formal policy to liaise with Health and Social Service agencies when a sanction is applied. However, the department recognises the importance of ensuring claimants understand the requirements they must fulfil to get benefit, the consequences of not complying and support available when sanctioned, including reconsideration, appeal and hardship payments. As part of this, work coaches also encourage claimants to engage third party support where this is available.

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