Evidence Submitted to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee Inquiry Into Benefit Sanctions (ANC0019)

Webster, D. (2018) Evidence Submitted to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee Inquiry Into Benefit Sanctions (ANC0019). Technical Report. House of Commons, London.

Webster, D. (2018) Evidence Submitted to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee Inquiry Into Benefit Sanctions (ANC0019). Technical Report. House of Commons, London.

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Abstract

This submission argues that the current enthusiasm for sanctions arises from an overemphasis on supply-side factors such as skills and motivation and that where sanctions achieve their objectives at all, they do so at high cost in human and economic terms. It points out that the sanctions drive of 2010-16 was completely unprecedented in the century since the introduction of social insurance. What is required is a reinstatement of social insurance principles and terminology, with a review of requirements on claimants and of the severity of penalties, and a genuine ‘last resort’ response to non-fulfilment of conditions.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Technical Report)
Keywords:Benefit sanctions, benefit conditionality, unemployment.
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Webster, Dr David
Authors: Webster, D.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Publisher:House of Commons
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