Welfare reform and benefit sanctions

A report from a coalition of major UK Churches has revealed that around 6,500 children in Scotland were affected by benefit sanctions in 2013/14.

The report, Time to Rethink Benefit Sanctions reveals that around 100,000 children were affected by benefit sanctions in 2013-14 across the United Kingdom, and over the same period a total of nearly 7 million weeks of sanctions were handed out to benefit claimants.

The report was written by a coalition of major UK Churches including the Church of Scotland, Church Action on Poverty, the Church in Wales, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church. It contains new data on the severity and length of sanctions under Welfare Reform, and on how sanctions affect vulnerable groups such as children and those with mental health problems.

The Church and Society Council responded to the Green Paper and Department for Work and Pensions below.