150215sanctioncentreThe cost to job seekers of having their benefit payments stopped has rocketed by 3,000% under the Tory-led coalition Government, according to Welfare Weekly.

Analysis of Government figures by the PCS union reveals that the value of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) payments sanctioned in the year to September 2014 was £355 million, compared to just £11 million in 2009/2010.

PCS says the shocking figure explains why benefit sanctions have been directly linked to a surge in food bank users.

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