Hierarchy of human needs – Abraham Maslow
If we cannot fulfil our most basic survival needs, we cannot be motivated or “incentivised” to do anything else.
“I was ill with hunger, went to prison for stealing food and became homeless”
In collecting evidence for his review of the failings of the benefits sanctions process, welfare expert Matthew Oakley could have spoken to me. Since 2011, I’ve been sanctioned many times. I received a long benefits sanction due to a mix-up about Work Programme courses I should have attended as a condition of receiving out-of-work benefits. Life became hell. Once my food had run out, I had no money to buy more. I was sent back on the Work Programme but without funds to feed myself. The hunger was unbearable. I did not have the energy to turn up. This led to…
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