The Guardian reported yesterday that Jobcentres are being set targets for the imposition of sanctions, despite assurances to Parliament that no such targets existed. Yesterday I was at a forum where we were told about examples of sanctions in Clydebank, including
- a claimant sanctioned for one month for confessing that he had not looked for work on Christmas Day and Boxing Day;
- a claimant sanctioned for a month for appearing five minutes late for interview;
- a claimant sanctioned because the firm he had been referred to had not received a referral and sent him straight back to the Jobcentre to check.
I’ve not done well with the DWP tabtool on this topic and in the process of trying to milk the statistics I’ve ended up with more on the floor than in the bucket. David Webster’s helpful comments, below, explain about where to find the statistics I missed.