Sanctioned for Working- and being honest about it!
My son was recently offered a day’s work; just over two weeks ago, it happens and on his signing day. The offer was made out of office hours, with no opportunity to notify the benefits agency, but he took the day’s work and notified the benefits agency at the earliest opportunity- the next day that he had done the day’s work and that this was the reason he was unable to attend the benefits office to sign on at his regular day and time.
He was interviewed and signed on that day.
Yesterday, his normal payday, his benefits had not been paid. When he telephoned to ask why, he was told he had been sanctioned for late signing!
We talked about the options and he said he was going to appeal, made the relevant ‘phone calls and was told they would ring him back later.
Whoever called him back obviously had a brain, unlike some of the poorly educated morons employed by the benefits agency, because his sanction was lifted and his money will be paid, three days late on Monday.
What a ridiculous state of affairs. Sanctioned for working and being honest about it!
This situation has now created a 22 year old man who is now considering whether to refuse work or lie to the benefits agency, either of which could result in- yes, you guessed- being sanctioned!
I hope Iain Duncan Smith reads this- in fact, I am, I think going to send him a link to this post and ask him for his assessment of such a damn foolish regime.