Currently briefing senior UN officials (including Ms.Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona, Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, and Mr. Olivier De Schutter, Special Rapporteur on the right to food) regarding the destitution of UK benefit claimants who have been sanctioned by Jobcentres and stripped of any income for weeks or months if they are deemed to be not trying hard enough to find work.
A question for my Twitter followers: Sanctioned benefit claimants have limited
access to food banks and are at high risk of destitution. A couple of
the articles below mention the right to an independent appeal, but there
is no mention of the timescale (i.e. delay) between the appeal being
made and the appeal decision rendered. Does anyone know? Should I write
A total of 680,000 sanctions were handed out in the 10 months up to
October 2012, already more than in the whole of 2011, according an
analysis of figures from the DWP—so this has evolved into a serious and
considerably urgent matter.
References: Food Poverty: UN Special Rapporteur Finds Austerity, Food Banks And Working Poor In UK 'Extremely Worrying' (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/02/19/food-poverty-un-special-rapporteur-olivier-de-schutter-banks-austerity_n_2714969.html)
Magdalena Sepúlveda: 'Austerity is devastating for the world's poorest'(http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/feb/26/magdalena-sepulveda-austerity-devastating-worlds-poorest?INTCMP=SRCH)
Jobcentre was set targets for benefit sanctions
The jobseeker's story: 'I'm not proud to say I've gone begging'
Jobcentre sanctions: 'Your money is stopped, you go into freefall' - video
Mum's fears after benefits stopped
My letter to Labour MPs Michael Meacher, Tom Greatrex, and Julie Hilling: (http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1rjcsol)
Atos scandal: Benefits bosses admit over half of people ruled fit to work ended up destitute (http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/atos-scandal-benefits-bosses-admit-1344278#.UTEpHYKiPYM.facebook)
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