A letter a day to number 10. No 1,511
Wednesday 03 August 2016.
Dear Mrs May,
I wrote yesterday about a man who reported he was sanctioned for three months for making a spelling mistake. Such brutality for trivial reasons is not rare and I wonder if you have any idea what it really means to deprive someone of the means of survival?
The DWP sanctions regime is Britain’s secret penal system in which people are convicted and sentenced without trial and the penalties are far harsher than any court would impose.
Last year Dr David Webster of the University of Glasgow reported that in 2013 alone 1,122,526 sanctions were imposed compared to 849,000 fines by the courts. The scale of penalties from the DWP were more severe than the courts, £286.80 – £11,185.20 compared to £200 – £10,000 and that ‘Most sanctions are applied to poor people and involve…
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