Closed petition Suspend sanctions on benefit claimants during COVID crisis
The government has reintroduced sanctions on benefit claimants during COVID-19, meaning they can face fines for not attending job appointments (even if shielding or unwell) or not spending enough time job hunting. Jobs are at a premium due to the crisis and people could be forced into poverty.
The government had suspended benefit sanctions during the crisis however have now reintroduced them. These sanctions penalise those who are worst off, during financial circumstances that are out of their hands, and will create more poverty. Disability campaigners have called this ‘life threatening’ and ‘barbaric’ - it must be stopped.
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