Work Programme

  • Working the work programme: sanctions

    Issue 252 (June 2016)
    article

    Martin Williams considers some implications of recent caselaw about sanctions and the Work Programme.

  • Benefit sanctions

    May 2016
    briefing

    Since the election of the Coalition government in 2010, there has been an escalation of benefit sanctions, which have come to play a major role in extreme poverty. This has led to widespread criticism and a series of inquiries and reports, to which this page provides links. To add a report to this page, please contact Kelly Smith: ksmith@cpag.org.uk

  • JSA and ‘actively seeking work’ sanctions

    Issue 246 (June 2015)
    article

    David Simmons examines the issue of jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) sanctions for alleged failures to ‘actively seek employment’.

  • Independent review of JSA sanctions: CPAG’s response to the call for information

    January 2014
    briefing

    CPAG has submitted evidence to Matthew Oakley’s review of the operation of the sanctions system for jobseeker's allowance claimants on mandatory back-to-work schemes.

    We raise concerns about the limited scope of the review, highlight numerous systemic problems, and make recommendations to help protect claimants.

  • Sanction busting: part 3

    Issue 237 (December 2013)
    article

    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.

  • Missing potential: why the European funds should be used to support parental employment in London

    June 2013
    briefing

    London has the highest child poverty rates in the country, and the lowest rates of mothers employment. This briefing argues that the next round of the European Social Fund from 2014 should be used in London to support parents to access paid work.

  • Court of Appeal strikes down Work Programme Regulations

    March 2013
    article

    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.

  • Sanction busting – part 2

    Issue 231 (December 2012)
    article

    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.

  • Benefits and the Work Programme

    Issue 223 (August 2011)
    article

    Simon Osborne describes the rules and arrangements that provide for claimants to be referred to the new employment programme, which replaces many of the existing programmes.

  • Benefits and the Work Programme


    factsheet

    This factsheet gives you information on the Work Programme and the way it affects benefit claimants.

    Overview