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I spent most of yesterday going through the written evidence submitted to the Commons Select Committee on Work and Pensions for its review of benefit sanction policy, Beyond the Oakley review. The government originally set up this review in the light of concern about the increased rate of JSA sanctions in claimants on mandatory back to work schemes after the coalition government came to power in 2010.
Since then, the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee has carried out two inquiries relating to benefit sanctions, a report on the Role of Jobcentre Plus in the Reformed Welfare System, in addition to the Beyond the Oakley Report.
I was specifically interested in the latter, because of written evidence from John Longden, a personal advisor at Salford Jobcentre. If you haven’t come across, then I strongly recommend that you read it [i]. It nails the lie that I, Daniel Blake is a “worst case scenario”.
In fact there is evidence that young people claiming JSA are twice as likely as older people to be sanctioned. Figures released by the Trust for London and New Policy Institute in 2015 examined sanction rates by age and ethnicity in the Capital [iii].
In 2014 young black people had the highest sanction rate of any ethnic group, with 8.9% of Black Caribbean (18 – 24 years) JSA claimants being sanctioned. The rate was almost 8% for Black African and other Black claimants, all double the rate of older claimants. For all young people, black claimants had higher sanction rates that white claimants by 2.2%.