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Sanctioned for Working- and being honest about it!

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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.


Written by Smiling Carcass

08/03/2014 at 8:01 PM

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  1. Reblogged this on Benefit tales.


    08/03/2014 at 8:41 PM

  2. Reblogged this on TAMWORTH UK.

    Smiling Carcass

    08/03/2014 at 9:38 PM

  3. Reblogged this on Vox Political.

    Mike Sivier

    08/03/2014 at 9:39 PM

  4. Reblogged this on Same Difference.


    08/03/2014 at 10:01 PM

  5. Reblogged this on Mentally Wealthy.


    09/03/2014 at 7:39 AM

  6. Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog.


    09/03/2014 at 8:10 AM

    • Never forget that there is Income Support if sanctioned. To be honest with a corrupt parliament, of all parites, is frowned upon by the political elite who get more arrogant and dismissive every day


      09/03/2014 at 12:48 PM

    • Thanks for the reblog

      Smiling Carcass

      05/04/2014 at 1:19 PM

  7. If you work for a week you lose 2 weeks benefit inc two weeks housing benefit and council tax rebate,
    this is not an encouragement to work a fair government would stop this and make a working week the same as a claiming week, after all we are in this together aren’t we! NOT!!!

    andy F

    09/03/2014 at 12:01 PM

  8. The wonderful logic of the unemployment office.


    09/03/2014 at 3:00 PM

  9. Reblogged this on JobisJobs.


    10/03/2014 at 7:02 PM

  10. I have been in a similar situation – 6 month sanction for oing voluntary work leading to permanent work that ostensibly “prevented me from carrying out my job search”. Not to mention poor old Cait Reilly – remember her?

    The Politicoid

    14/03/2014 at 10:37 AM

    • I certainly do remember Cait. This just proves the case that all the changes (NOT reforms- reforms suggest improvement) are designed to prevent us from claiming our entitlement- an entitlement many of us have paid for through tax and national insurance, and who believed that those contributions, should we not need to access them would be used to help others who have not been in a position to make those payments, for example the young who haven’t had the opportunity to work and the disabled who cannot (at least in our world!) work.

      Smiling Carcass

      05/04/2014 at 1:17 PM

      • Income Support is never spoken of. The benefit system is what we, not the government, have paid for, and continue to pay for, it is a safety net. There is a reason why it is called a Benefit system, short for Benificiary, because whilst the government holds our money it is the Trustee, where there is a Trustee there is a Beneficiary, and so we are entitled to call upon our inheritance


        06/04/2014 at 4:31 PM

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