Results 1–20 of 100 for "benefit sanctions" 01/01/1986..06/05/2010

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Welfare Reform Bill: Second Stage (20 Apr 2010)

Simon Hamilton: ...for lone parents may require amendment or, possibly, further Assembly procedures to ensure that their implementation does not disadvantage lone parents in Northern Ireland. The Bill introduces benefit sanctions for fraudsters, claimants who have been convicted or cautioned for violence against benefits staff and for claimants who fail to attend certain mandatory interviews. Everyone will...

Jobseeker's Allowance (Skills Training Conditionality Pilot) Regulations 2010: Motion to Approve (1 Mar 2010)

Baroness Thomas of Winchester: ...of the pilots, about which there is a lot of concern. There are to be two groups-the noble Lord told us how it would work-one is the treatment group, where non-attendance at training could risk benefit sanctions from Jobseeker's Regime Flexible New Deal stage 3; the other is the control group, who do not risk this sanction. The groups will be chosen by randomisation; that is to say, the...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Unemployment Benefits (24 Feb 2010)

Jim Knight: ...them move into employment. Benefit sanctions have been an integral part of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) since it was introduced and the detail is set out in the Jobseeker's Allowance Regulations 1996. Since April 2000 the sanction regulations for Incapacity Benefit customers have been set out in various Work Focused Interviews (WFI) regulations: The Social Security (Work-focused Interviews)...

Equality Bill: Second Reading (Continued) (15 Dec 2009)

Baroness Wilkins: ...pass in its current form, it will still be perfectly lawful for an employer to sack someone for taking time off for a shorter episode of severe depression. There are also cases where people face benefit sanctions because of this rule, such as the one brought to RADAR by a distraught disabled woman who had been summoned for a work-focused interview. She could not get to the bus stop to get...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Lone Parents (3 Dec 2009)

Karen Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents have been subject to benefit sanctions in each quarter of the last five years; and what proportion of benefit claimants that figure represented in each such quarter.

Welfare Reform Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Clause 25 — Contracting out functions under Jobseekers Act 1995 (10 Nov 2009)

Jim Knight: ...a series of assessments and an educational programme, with the aim of encouraging them into treatment. However, if they fail to engage in these activities without good cause, they will be subject to benefit sanctions. It should be noted that where there are reasonable grounds for suspicion that problem drug use is an issue, claimants can also be mandated to attend these assessments. If the...

Welfare Reform Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Clause 2 — Work-related activity: income support claimants and partners of claimants (10 Nov 2009)

John Grogan: ...that although the Secretary of State-it is a pity that she is not here this afternoon-has stuck to the position that it is possible for parents of three and four-year-old children to face benefit sanctions, as has been spelled out today, she has hemmed it in with all sorts of qualifications. For example, the well-being of the child has to be considered, and the basic policy outlined by my...

Scottish Parliament: Supporting Families (5 Nov 2009)

Adam Ingram: .... Although we recognise that, for many, work is a route out of poverty and that many lone parents would like to work, we are concerned that more lone parents may, simply to avoid the threat of benefit sanctions, be forced into low-paid, low-skilled jobs that they cannot hope will lift them permanently out of poverty. We want to continue the joined-up approach that we are taking with local...

Welfare Reform Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (22 Oct 2009)

Baroness Meacher: ...Bill the requirement to take part in drug tests to ascertain whether there, "is or has been any drug in the person's body". As the Bill stands, these tests would be undertaken under the threat of benefit sanctions. The tests envisaged could involve providing a urine or blood sample, semen, "or any other tissue fluid or pubic hair ... a swab taken from any part of a person's genitals...

Welfare Reform Bill: Report (1st Day) (22 Oct 2009)

Baroness Thomas of Winchester: .... This is likely to result in some families having their benefits sanctioned, making a bad situation worse. Changes in DLA awards generate fluctuations in income for families, and the imposition of benefit sanctions is likely to plunge them into crisis and contribute to higher levels of child poverty. It is already well known that poverty is high in families with disabled children,...

Public Bill Committee: Child Poverty Bill (20 Oct 2009)

...that too punitive a model of welfare reform, or a model that rewards the wrong sort of provision, could actually be damaging for child poverty. For example, we might see increases in levels of benefit sanctions coming through over the next few years.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Jobseeker's Allowance (31 Mar 2009)

Karen Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) jobseeker's allowance (JSA) claimants and (b) JSA claimants with children have been subject to benefit sanctions in each quarter since the beginning of 2007.

Food Labelling Regulations (Amendment): New Clause 1 — Jobseeker's allowance (17 Mar 2009)

Lynne Jones: ...being given—the training, advice and help. However, where I do take issue with my Government is on the fact that they still feel that people need to be given disincentives, in the form of benefit sanctions, in order to engage with the world of work. I disagree with that view, and so did the Prime Minister when he was a new Back Bencher.

Written Ministerial Statements — Justice: Breach of Community Order Pilots (27 Feb 2009)

David Hanson: ...Under-Secretary of State for Social Security, also successfully moved, Official Report, column 639, that the draft order laid before both Houses on 20 March, to enable the establishment of the benefit sanctions pilots for offenders in breach of their community order, be agreed. Following this, the pilots in four areas, by which social security benefit would be withdrawn for offenders in...

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform Bill: Clause 9 (24 Feb 2009)

John Baron: ..., others, and gone to such lengths to pursue their habit, one must question whether the policy will succeed. Indeed, the chief executive of DrugScope has said: “There is no evidence that using benefit sanctions to compel problem drug users into treatment will be effective. Withdrawing benefits could perversely drive some people further away from the support they need, potentially...

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform Bill: Clause 1 (24 Feb 2009)

James Clappison: .... We wonder whether there is not a case for asking whether this step should be subject to the affirmative procedure when it comes to be taken. Finally, in the same vein, we come to clause 19 and benefit sanctions following a first offence of benefit fraud. This is a different subject—up to now we have  been talking about jobseeker’s allowance, “work for your benefit”...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Offenders (23 Feb 2009)

James Clappison: ...-social behaviour or criminal behaviour under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 as amended by the Welform Reform Act 2007 in each month since November 2007; in how many cases benefit sanctions have been applied; what assessment he has made of progress in the pilot areas against the objectives of the pilot scheme; and if he will make a statement.

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform Bill (10 Feb 2009)

...will do when they have disputes with contractors about the action plans that they are drawing up or directions that they do or do not want. The Bill retains the right for claimants to appeal against benefit sanctions, but a lot of decision making takes place before that. We are concerned that, in effect, there is an eradication of people’s right of appeal.

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform Bill (10 Feb 2009)

...members of our community were concerned about the various proposals on identification, the sanctions requirements, and the idea that they would have to undergoing drug treatment at the risk of benefit sanctions.

Women and Equality: Welfare Reform Bill (27 Jan 2009)

Steve Webb: ...who want that, who can already seek it and whom we should assist. But we are not talking about that. We are talking about coercing those who do not choose to work, with the ultimate threat of benefit sanctions. Those who want it already can seek it. Since 1997 the Government have regarded bringing up young children as a second-class activity. It is not job search— [Interruption.] That is...

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