Handcuff protests over benefit sanctions system

Protesters chained themselves to railings outside a JobCentre on Teesside and a church in Gateshead today.

They claim penalties given to people on benefits who fail to meet government rules are pushing people into poverty.

Protest in Stockton
Campaigners chained themselves to the Jobcentre in Stockton-on-Tees. Photo: ITV News Tyne Tees
The demonstrations marked the release in cinemas of award-winning film I, Daniel Blake. Set on Tyneside, the story highlights the impact of benefit sanctions.But the government insists it’s right people should lose of their payments if they don’t do enough to find work.

Watch the video here: http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2016-10-21/handcuff-protests-over-benefit-sanctions-system/



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