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This is from the South Wales Evening Post via glynismillward189:

Neath MP Peter Hain has expressed his horror that four in every five individuals who have job seeker benefits sanctioned, don’t find work.

The figures have been released in a report from the University of Oxford and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which was presented to MPs yesterday.

The report looks at individuals who have been removed from Jobseekers Allowance, and what happens to them next with 43% subsequently ceasing to try to claim the benefit and only 20% of those who left stating that they had found work.

The authors of the report have called for a full cost-benefit analysis that looks not just narrowly at employment but at the hidden social costs of sanctions.

Raising the figures in the House of Commons Mr Hain said: “It does accord with the experience of far too many of my Neath constituents being treated in this diabolically punitive way.

“These people are disappearing from the Jobseekers system but they are not disappearing from our communities, so instead of the welfare system providing the safety net they are turning to other services like the NHS or living in poverty and relying on Foodbanks which could be costing us more in the long run.

“‘If only a fifth of these people have gone on to find work then well over a thousand have been lost from the system and this is deeply worrying.

“It also raises serious doubts over the accuracy of the unemployment statistics if people are simply disappearing from the JSA figures.”

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