SAY NO TO SANCTIONS
Please join us to present our ‘Human Rights Check List' to Social Security Decision Makers on  Monday 8th May 12 noon at Andersonstown Jobs & Benefits Office (Kennedy Centre) 580 Falls Rd, Belfast

‘People don’t realise a sanction can mean losing every penny’– Bertie Atkinson, Right to Work: Right to Welfare (R2W) activist

 

Right to Work: Right to Welfare (R2W) Group are a group of unemployed people who have been campaigning since 2012 for the creation of real jobs and for protections in the social security system. Read more

205 Social Security Decision Makers have the power to make potentially devastating decisions over 364,000 local social security claims. Last year alone over 11,230 decisions were made to cut Employment Support Allowance from vulnerable people. Half of all Employment Support Allowance claimants have a mental health condition. The United Nations has said that the Work Capability Assessment for Employment Support Allowance causes people's mental health 'to severely deteriorate'. Sanctions stop every penny. In a 3 month period last year an average of 942 sanctions a month were imposed on JSA claimants. Over 5000 sanctions have been imposed on Steps 2 Success participants since October 2014. Over 70% of these were for failure to attend an interview. In 2016/17 32,780 people including 13,717 children had to rely on foodbanks, an increase of over 7000 on the previous year. The National Audit Office has found no evidence that benefit sanctions work. The Peoples Proposal for basic due process and mandatory impact assessments can change that.

Click here for our Facebook event and let us know if you are coming to support the action. For more information email sean@pprproject.org or call 02890 313315