Sanctioned Scottish woman goes for a year without money | Third Force News

Margo Laird.

Recently, This Writer has been seeing a lot of comments from people in Scotland claiming that the situation there is not as bad as in the rest of the UK.

It seems this may not be accurate:

A woman has been relying on handouts from family members after having her benefits sanctioned for the last year.

Margo Laird, from Tollcross in Glasgow, had her benefits halted as she couldn’t attend Jobcentre interviews because of illness.

She believed she didn’t need to attend because her GP said she was not fit for work and posted sick lines to the Jobcentre.

Margo has received no payments of her Universal Credit benefit since January and has been dependent of support from her family.

Local foodbanks have been giving her emergency food aid and local psychiatric services are also giving her help.

Tollcross Housing Association is owed £900 as a result, because while her housing benefit has been re-instated the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) will not clear the arrears.

Source: Sanctioned woman goes for a year without money – Third Force News

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  1. It's Me November 19, 2017 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    They are doing this to me £21 a week for the last six years nothing for the last 3 months. Not surprising. And still no work, not even half a hours worth..

  2. John November 20, 2017 at 10:24 am - Reply

    It’s not just related to this particular post (so any post will do really), but why do I keep getting duplicate posts from you Mike? I’m guessing you know about this, because of your “Test post” earlier?

    • Mike Sivier November 20, 2017 at 8:51 pm - Reply

      It seemed that three articles yesterday had become lost so I reposted them. That’s why you’d have had the double notification. As it happened, my new webhost was on the case so now there are two versions of those three posts available. Sorry for any inconvenience.

  3. J Edington November 20, 2017 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    I’m not sure who might be saying the situation in Scotland is better than rUK for benefit sanctions, or why. Universal Credit, disability benefits and most other reasons for sanctioning are exactly the same here as anywhere else. Such things are reserved matters and, as such, are UK-wide. The only devolved welfare is the Work Programme, for which sanctioning was stopped by the SG last year.

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