One million extra people face benefit sanctions under Universal Credit, warns leading expert. One of Britain’s leading authorities on the welfare system has warned that one million low-paid working people will face benefit sanctions for the first time under Universal Credit.
Dr David Webster is an honorary senior research fellow at the University of Glasgow. The Guardian calls him “arguably the country’s leading benefit sanctions expert”. On 30 January, he issued a dire warning about Universal Credit on the BBC‘s Victoria Derbyshire show.
Presently, up to 350,000 people a year face benefit sanctions – penalties for failing to meet certain conditions. Under Universal Credit, the government plans to sanction people in work for the first time. ‘Work coaches’ will decide [pdf, p10] whether low-paid people are working enough hours, or whether they are ‘gainfully’ self-employed. They can instruct people to look for more or better work. And…
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