Isn’t it interesting how the Tories can find plenty of space on their legislative timetable to introduce more public spending cuts that harm the poor, but don’t have time to help anybody?

And isn’t it strange that they can vary the rules to restrict benefits by Statutory Instrument, which doesn’t require Parliamentary approval, but can’t vary sanction regulations by the same process?

It seems clear that there was no intention to relax the harsh sanctions regime that throws people into poverty and pushes many towards suicide or death due to health conditions.

The announcement can only fuel claims that the Tories are conducting a covert genocide of benefit claimants – particularly the long-term sick and disabled.

Welfare rights advisers on the rightsnet online forum, and from Buckinghamshire Disability Service have voiced their concerns that the DWP has decided not to carry out [its] less aggressive sanctions warning trial after all, because of “competing priorities in the Parliamentary timetable”.

This government decision was included on page 139 of the latest Treasury Minutes Progress Report, published last month.

Last October, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) agreed to trial a less aggressive approach to sanctions, which included the issuing of warnings instead of immediate benefit sanctions when a claimant breaches the conditions imposed on them for the first time.

Source: DWP quietly drop plans for a softer approach to benefit sanctions

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