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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons on 11th February 2019.

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Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

I do not recognise the hon. Lady’s description. I have been around jobcentres. I always make a point of speaking to work coaches, asking them about the way they impose sanctions and when. They always say to me that it is a last resort only done after a series of engagements. This is a personal choice that work coaches make. They have a lot of discretion and in my experience they are using it correctly.