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- Between 20 per cent and 100 per cent of a claimant's benefits can be cut if a sanction is imposed

UK news Universal Credit claimants face sanctions as in-person meetings restart last minute news


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- Between 20 per cent and 100 per cent of a claimant's benefits can be cut if a sanction is imposed

UK news Universal Credit claimants face sanctions as in-person meetings restart last minute news
04 May 2021 - 10:16

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The full reopening of Jobcentres means that Universal Credit claimants now face a greater threat of sanctions, according to a union. This month will see the resumption of face-to-face appointments at Jobcentres, leading to union leaders - who had feared that this could lead to new Covid outbreaks - stating that this will drive up the number of sanctions. A sanction is a penalty given to those claiming benefits, be it Universal Credit, Jobseeker's Allowance, or Employment & Support Allowance. It is issued for failing to meet the conditions of their claim. The most common reason for a sanction is not attending meetings with work coaches, who work with claimants to increase their efforts to find a new job. Such in-person meetings were suspended during the lockdown as Jobcentres were forced to close, reports BirminghamLive. Public and Commercial Services union general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "Thousands of Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) staff have been providing support to claimants safely from home throughout the pandemic. "The only logical reason they would insist on fully reopening is because of management's obsession with sanctioning vulnerable claimants." What sanctions can be imposed? Between 20 and 100 per cent of a claimant's benefits can be cut if a sanction is imposed. A single claimant can face a maximum 100 per cent benefit cut as a sanction, while a claimant who is in a couple can get a maximum 50 per cent sanction. Click below to sign up for email updates CambridgeshireLive email updates: We bring the stories to you Signing up to the CambridgeshireLive newsletter means you'll receive our daily news email. It couldn't be simpler and it takes seconds - simply click here, enter your email address and follow the instructions. You can also enter your address at the top of this page in the box below the picture on most desktop and mobile platforms. Changed your mind? There's an 'unsubscribe' button at the bottom of every newsletter we send out. These amounts reduce to 40 per cent and 20 per cent respectively if the claimant has childcare responsibilities, is pregnant, or in the midst of an adoption There are four levels of sanctions: 1. Lowest level Failure to attend or take part in a Work-Focused Interview. The sanction lasts until the claimant attends or takes part in one, or is moved to a category where they are not required to look for work.

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. Low level The sanction lasts until the claimant does what they previously failed to do and were sanctioned for (for example, failing to attend a training course) or because either the requirement is no longer appropriate or an alternative compliance condition has been met, plus 7, 14 or 28 days for the first, second or third low level sanction in any 12-month period. 3. Medium level The sanction lasts 28 days for the first sanction in any 12 month period, and 91 days (approximately 3 months) for a second medium level sanction. Medium level sanctions apply, for example, where the claimant has to meet the work availability requirement, but has failed to be available to attend an interview or start work. 4. High level The sanction lasts for 91 days (approximately 3 months) for the first sanction in any 12-month period and 182 days (approximately 6 months) for a second high level sanction. High level sanctions apply, for example, where a claimant refuses the offer of a job. The length of the sanction can be less if the claimant is under the age of 18 at the point of the failure. Read More Related Articles Peterborough Covid latest: City remains at top of list for worst infection rates in England Read More Related Articles Peterborough crime: Driver accused of being on drugs crashes car through park fence Threat of industrial action - and what the DWP said The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) also says most Jobcentre staff do not feel safe going back to offices after they fully reopened when the latest roadmap relaxations came into effect, and it has warned of industrial action over the issue. The union said a survey of more than 1,000 of its members found around three in five feel unsafe, while another one in five is unsure about their safety because of continuing fears about the virus. The union said most in-person interviews, carried out on Universal Credit and other benefit claims, should be done remotely. Read More Related Articles Tempers flare on Mill Road as Tory local election posters vandalised with red paint Read More Related Articles Jesus Green left spotless after divisive 'Caesarian Sunday' student party PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "These results reflect the anger and frustration our members feel every day. "These stats show how staff feel and should send a strong signal to ministers that they need to urgently meet with the union to avoid potential industrial action." A DWP spokesman said: "Throughout this pandemic, Jobcentres have remained open to ensure we can continue to provide vital support to the most vulnerable. Our return to full opening hours will enable us to provide even more help and support to those who need us. "We take the health and safety of colleagues extremely seriously and are absolutely committed to ensuring all our sites remain Covid-secure in line with Public Health England and Government guidance to keep colleagues and customers safe." Read More Related Articles Stansted Airport: Which countries will be on the 'green' and 'red' lists for holidays abroad from May 17? Read More Related Articles Covid treatment: The nasal flu spray being developed that could also protect against Covid

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