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Benefits sanctions don’t get people in to work—so why does the cruel system exist?

A new report, built on the most extensive research yet, confirms what we knew: that sanctions don't work. Why is the focus on following the rules, not helping the vulnerable?

By Frances Ryan  

A Jobcentre Plus sign in West Bromwich. Some claimants are apparently avoiding the centres, even if it risks their benefits. Photo: PA

In a routine familiar to many a social media user, this morning I opened Facebook to a jarring political meme: this time, one describing how ‘benefit claimants’ supposedly get £850 a week “whilst the rest of us who work don’t get that in a month.”

I found myself thinking of this as I read today’s damning report into the benefit sanction regime. In what is the UK’s most…

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