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Friday, 21 November 2014
Labour to scrap targets on benefits sanctions
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".