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.
- Briefing for MPs on the Welfare Reform Bill 2nd reading, 9 March 2011 by the Church of Scotland and Faith in Community Scotland
- Letter to George Osbourne inviting him to listen to the poor about the impact of welfare reform on their lives, November 2010
- Reply from Welfare Reform Minister Lord Freud to the letter sent to the Prime Minister, signed by a range of Churches and Christian organisations. This reply acknowledges a mistake by the Department of Work and Pensions and contains an apology. We have not yet heard from the Chancellor of the Exchequer about his response to our letter, as he made the same mistake in his address to Parliament in October 2010 on the occasion of the Comprehensive Spending Review
- Letter to David Cameron about benefit fraud, October 2010
- Response to consultation on 21st Century Welfare, October 2010
- Reforming welfare response: reforming welfare to reward responsibility, Oct 2008