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Benefit Sanctions Will Cause A Deterioration In Health And That’s OK Says DWP Rule Book

dmg-sanctionsPhysical punishment is now built into the benefit system with sanctions both known and intended to cause a deterioration in health says the DWP rule book..

The shocking fact was revealed by Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group who was giving evidence to Work and Pensions Committee’s sanction enquiry this morning.  Graham ended her evidence by pointing out a chilling extract from the DWP Decision Maker’s guidelines referring to whether a claimant who has had their benefit stopped should be entitled to a meagre Hardship Payment for the first two weeks of their sanction.

According to the rules, it would be “usual for a normal healthy adult to suffer some deterioration in their health” if they are left with no money to buy food or pay for essential items for two weeks.  A Hardship Payment can therefore only be awarded for this period if Jobcentre staff decide that due to an existing medical condition a sanction will cause a greater decline in health than it would a normal healthy adult.

As Boycott Workfare point out today, sometimes that deterioration in health can be fatal.  And all for the crime of missing a meeting with the Jobcentre.

The DWP’s decision maker’s guide can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/decision-makers-guide-staff-guide

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Grass Up Grayling

No-one like a grass.  But people hate politicians even more.  Especially lying Tory bastards like Chris Grayling.  So let’s snitch.

Problem is who too, and what for?  The Beeb, who know about this kind of stuff, say examples of Contempt of Parliament could include:

“Examples of contempt include giving false evidence to a parliamentary committee, threatening a Member of Parliament, forging documents and attempting to bribe members. “

Which seems to cover Chris Grayling’s outright lies when questioned by the Work and Pensions Committee last week.   If Grayling is found guilty of Contempt of Parliament he could, in theory, be committed to the Clock Tower under Big Ben.  Which would be kind of a laugh.  This hasn’t happened since 1886, when secularist Charles Bradlaugh took his seat in Parliament despite refusing to take a religious oath.  Grayling’s fibs are far less noble, but sadly these days he would be more likely to be suspended or expelled from Parliament.

It’s entirely possible that if the Work and Pensions Committee members are made aware of Grayling’s lies and take no action then they may be in Contempt of Parliament themselves.  So let’s make sure they know all about it.  Below is a list of the member of the Work and Pensions Committee, along with contact details.

Harriett Baldwin (acting Chair of the meeting and the person who asked the question Grayling was responding to)
@HBaldwinMP
harriett.baldwin.mp@parliament.uk
http://www.facebook.com/harriettbaldwin
Tory

Karen Bradley
@karen__bradley
karen.bradley.mp@parliament.uk
Tory

Sheila Gilmore
@SheilaGilmoreMP
sheila.gilmore.mp@parliament.uk
Labour

Debbie Abrahams
@Debbie_abrahams
debbie.abrahams@parliament.uk
http://www.facebook.com/Debbie.Abrahams
Labour

Glenda Jackson
@glendajacksonmp
jacksong@parliament.uk
Labour

Brandon Lewis
@BrandonLewis
office@brandonlewis.org
http://www.facebook.com/BrandonLewisMP
Tory

Teresa Pearce
teresa.pearce.mp@parliament.uk
@tpearce003
Labour

Andrew Bingham
@HighPeakAndrew
andrew.bingham.mp@parliament.uk
http://www.facebook.com/AndrewBinghamMP
Tory

Stephen Lloyd
stephen.lloyd.mp@parliament.uk
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stephen-Lloyd-MP/190616671039197
Tory in disguise

Not present

Committee Chair
Dame Anne Begg
@annebegg
anne.begg.mp@parliament.uk
Labour

Oliver Heald
oliver.heald.mp@parliament.uk
Tory