IDS and Government under fire for ‘massaging’ unemployment figures via benefit sanctions

Amid angry scenes in Parliament, Labour MP Debbie Abrahams referred to a study which suggests 500,000 sanctioned people were excluded despite not finding work

 

Iain Duncan Smith came under fire today after a study suggested cruel benefit sanctions may be helping the Government massage jobless figures.

Campaigning Labour MP Debbie Abrahams asked the Tory Minister how many people were excluded from unemployment figures after being sanctioned but not going into work. The MP was referring to an Oxford University study – seen by the Daily Mirror – which suggests the figure could be as high as 500,000.

In angry exchanges at the Work and Pensions Select Committee, Mr Duncan Smith described Ms Abrahams’ claims as “ludicrous”.

But the MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth hit back: “People have died after being sanctioned, Minister.”

“No, I don’t agree with that,” Mr Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, retorted.

 

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