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David Webster (University of Glasgow) briefings on benefit sanctions

24 November 2020
Dr David Webster is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow (Urban Studies) at the University of Glasgow.

Supporting families during the Covid-19 pandemic

04 June 2020
The government has acted quickly to protect people’s economic livelihoods during the covid-19 pandemic. However, as raised in our previous Covid-19 briefing (March 2020), there is still no additional financial support beyond free school meal vouchers for families with children, despite these households facing significant extra costs.

Our response to SSAC consultation on extended delays for benefit claims

18 June 2014
Last year the government announced that the period which new claimants have to wait to make a claim for job-seekers allowance and employment support allowance would be extended to seven days.

Benefit sanctions

03 February 2014
Since the election of the Coalition government in 2010, there has been an escalation of benefit sanctions, which have come to play a major role in extreme poverty.

Independent review of JSA sanctions: CPAG’s response to the call for information

10 January 2014
CPAG has submitted evidence to Matthew Oakley’s review of the operation of the sanctions system for jobseeker's allowance claimants on mandatory back-to-work schemes.

The Double Lockout: How low income families will be locked out of fair living standards

16 January 2013
This report, published on the eve of the second reading of the Welfare Benefits Up-Rating Bill 2012-13, reveals that the government’s welfare benefit uprating legislation is based on bogus claims and is a poverty-producing bill that will further exclude the poorest workers, jobseekers, carers and disabled people from the mainstream of society.

Response to DWP consultation on ceasing production of income-related benefits take-up statistics

02 October 2012
This is CPAG’s response to a DWP consultation gathering views on its proposal to end, or at the very least limit, the production of take-up estimates for six key means-tested benefits

On the receiving end: perspectives on being out of work and claiming benefits

03 February 2012
This report by Sharon Wright and Tina Haux presents the findings of a study of advice and employment services for benefit recipients, from the perspectives of service users and advisers.