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New government commissioned report admits genuine need for food aid in UK

20 February 2014
Following today’s warning by 26 Bishops about a national crisis of hunger, Defra has published a new research report that suggests that there is significant need for food aid in Britain today. Imran Hussain, Head of Policy for Child Poverty Action Group, said: “The Government’s own commissioned research today finds that the huge growth in foodbank use is a result of real hardship and hunger...

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.

CPAG highlights systemic problems with JSA sanctions

10 January 2014
We've contributed evidence to an independent review of the JSA sanction system. Read our submission.

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.

Sanction busting: part 3

Issue 237 (December 2013)
Tessa Gregory from Public Interest Solicitors considers the implications of the Supreme Court judgment in R (Reilly and Wilson) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

3-year benefit ban hits 120 disabled people under new sanctions regime

06 November 2013
The DWP has today published new data on the use of sanctions for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants. It is the first data that covers new sanctions regimes that commenced for JSA in October 2012, and for ESA in December 2012.

ESA and sanctions – more hard times ahead

Issue 232 (February 2013)
New rules came into effect on 3 December 2012 for employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants who fall foul of the requirement on them to take part in work-related activity or a work-focused interviews. Edward Graham outlines the main features of the new sanctions regime.

Work Programme ruling means sanctions can be appealed

20 February 2013
The Court of Appeal has declared that the regulations governing many of the Government's Back to Work schemes are unlawful.

Court of Appeal strikes down Work Programme Regulations

The Court of Appeal has ruled that the Regulations under which some of the Government’s “Back to Work” schemes have been created are unlawful and must be quashed. See previous CPAG articles on Sanction Busting and Sanction Busting part 2.

Sanction busting – part 2

Issue 231 (December 2012)
Martin Williams highlights the practical steps that can now be taken to assist claimants who were sanctioned to file (late) appeals and the sheer volume of unlawful sanction decisions which it appears have been made.