Benefits officials have nearly doubled sanctions against Brits claiming Employment and Support Allowance in just one year.

In 2014, they dished out 75 sanctions for every 1,000 claimants in the ESA work-related activity group.

A year earlier, the rate was 40 sanctions for every 1,000 claimants, according to figures analysed by Trinity Mirror’s data unit.

The DWP, led by Iain Duncan Smith… made changes to the ESA sanctions system during the last Government.

Under the old system, claimants who failed to keep up their end of the bargain were sanctioned until they starting fulfilling their obligations again.

The new system is tougher and also punishes people for a fixed time of up to four weeks after they start to re-comply with the terms of the benefit.

Source: ‘Harmful’ ESA benefit sanctions double in one year – who’s at risk and why – Mirror Online#ICID=sharebar_twitter#ICID=sharebar_twitter

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