Friday, 21 November 2014

Labour to scrap targets on benefits sanctions

The Labour party has announced it will scrap any targets for Jobcentre Plus staff to reduce or stop a certain number of benefit claims. Rachel Reeves, the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said: "We have pledged that there will be no targets for sanctions under a Labour government so that Jobcentre staff are focused on helping people into work, not finding reasons to kick them off benefits." Meanwhile, figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions have revealed that only half of all benefit claimants ordered to go on work placements actually turn up. Of the 899,760 claimants told to turn up to "skills conditionality" training, only 492,980 attended. Esther McVey, the employment minister, said that it was vital that jobseekers attended the placements to "hold up their end of the bargain".
The Independent, 

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