• Sanction busting: part 3

    Issue 237 (December 2013)

    Tessa Gregory from Public Interest Solicitors considers the implications of the Supreme Court judgment in R (Reilly and Wilson) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

  • Responding to increasing conditionality and sanctions


    Alongside the reductions to payment, the welfare reform programme is introducing more conditionality which brings with it a higher risk of sanctions. Sanctions are a particular concern for local authorities, as the social fund hardship scheme has been localised, and councils may have to meet the needs of households experiencing hardship as a result of benefit sanctions.

  • Court of Appeal strikes down Work Programme Regulations

    March 2013

    The Court of Appeal has ruled that the Regulations under which some of the Government’s “Back to Work” schemes have been created are unlawful and must be quashed. See previous CPAG articles on Sanction Busting and Sanction Busting part 2.

  • ESA and sanctions – more hard times ahead

    Issue 232 (February 2013)

    New rules came into effect on 3 December 2012 for employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants who fall foul of the requirement on them to take part in work-related activity or a work-focused interviews. Edward Graham outlines the main features of the new sanctions regime.

  • Sanction busting – part 2

    Issue 231 (December 2012)

    Martin Williams highlights the practical steps that can now be taken to assist claimants who were sanctioned to file (late) appeals and the sheer volume of unlawful sanction decisions which it appears have been made.

  • Briefing for MPs

    18 January 2016

    Read our briefing for MPs in advance of the Second Reading of the Benefit Sanctions Regime (Entitlement to Automatic Hardship Payments) Bill 2015-16. 

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  • 3-year benefit ban hits 120 disabled people under new sanctions regime

    November 6, 2013
    press release

    The DWP has today published new data on the use of sanctions for Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants. It is the first data that covers new sanctions regimes that commenced for JSA in October 2012, and for ESA in December 2012.

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  • Benefit sanctions report:CPAG response

    March 24, 2015
    press release

    In response to the Work & Pensions Committee report on benefit sanctions, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group said:

     “This powerful report should be read by everyone who wants to sort out the benefit system’s administrative problems or cut food bank queues.

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  • Damning proof that the government has no evidence benefits sanctions work


    The National Audit Office says the government has failed to measure whether sanctioning benefit claimants represents value for money.
  • Rights (and wrongs) of sanctions

    24 July 2014

    At Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), we’ve had longstanding concerns about the use of sanctions, which are basically cuts to benefit payments of up to 100% for up to 3 years, and the obvious knock-on impacts on child poverty.  And as the letter in today's Times that we and others have signed shows, we’re not alone in having profound concerns with how sanctions are working.

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