The Decisions Facing Rachel Reeves on Friday 8th May 2015 (Part 6)

The ramblings of a former DWP Civil Servant ...

Number 6: Unpicking Iain Duncan Smith’s ‘Welfare Reforms’ and Addressing the Matter of Sanctions

One assumes that Labour will have (well before next May) a reasonably well worked out set of policies designed to address the problems left behind by IDS. Problems resulting from the delivery (and development) of ESA; the roll out of the Personal Independence Payment; the scrapping of the Independent Living; the transfer of Council Tax Benefit to local authorities and so on.

In addition, the sanctions policy, so much beloved of IDS and certain senior DWP officials, needs to be returned to its default settings. I cannot think of any better place to begin the rebuilding of trust between DWP and its clients. DWP’s unfair, arbitrary and indiscriminate deployment of sanctions against the vast majority of its clients, those doing their level best to find work, is a disgrace. It runs counter to the whole idea…

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