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  1. I found this one in 15 seconds: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/30/cruel-benefits-sanctions-dwp-job-advisers-evidence-work
  2. I don't have proof, just heard about claims made in articles I've read in the past, and that was for JSA. These articles would be from around 2012 to 2015 online.
  3. No really fair or justified reasons, they just wanted to meet their targets for sanctions is all. Or does that not still happen now?
  4. Alright, since no-one is going to answer my last post, what is the biggest cause of benefit sanctions for over-50s? Or indeed, any age group? Missing appointments?
  5. That's another thing that puzzles me. If an appointment letter comes from the JC, then that should be the highest priority to deal with, and the claimant should make a special effort to turn up early for the appointment and make sure they get there in plenty of time. I've heard countless times of people who turn up slightly too late - that's on them, to be honest, as they didn't consider it important enough.
  6. I have looked at a few graphs and charts that show this kind of information: https://www.cabwiltshire.org.uk/images/sanctions_by_age_groups.png https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/gallery/publications/report/2018/10/2018-annual-report-welfare-reform-9781787812628/00541551.jpg And the thing that I wonder about is, why do less benefit sanctions of any kind get applied to older people as opposed to the young? My thinking is that the young should be encouraged to work after leaving education, and most of them have the support of their parents, so that's why sanc
  7. I've been looking at the issue of Housing Benefit in Universal Credit, and I can't get a simple straightforward answer as to whether or not the stated monthly amount of UC even includes HB. I understand legacy JSA and IB and ESA having fixed amounts each fortnight for a benefit, but I always thought that since the HB was set by the local council, that it varied a lot from person to person based on their rent, which can vary substantially. But if UC includes a fixed amount for ALL possible rents, doesn't that leave some people at a disadvantage if their rents are high? A
  8. https://www.gov.uk/report-benefits-change-circumstances Thanks for the clarification, everyone. A HMO does sound much more like where I am at, and thank for the link, Ethel! I can't believe I've been using the wrong term for so many years!
  9. I have been at the same address for over 13 years, which is shared accommodation run by a private landlord. There is a rented bedsit each for the tenants, and the landlord lives at the same address, in his own room. The tenants are not related to each other, but they move in and out on a regular basis as the years go by, and I have known about two dozen people doing this. The kitchen and bathroom are shared by all. The problem I've got now is that I have neglected to tell the DWP about the people moving in and out, and their incomes. I don't know anything about their incomes, nor d
  10. I was planning to do more voluntary hours at the RSPCA. As the Permitted Work Factsheet itself says:
  11. This is the thing: I haven't had any official letter from the RSPCA to confirm my "contract", for want of a better word. If the head office won't send a letter, I'm sure the manager of the RSPCA charity shop could write a letter, but it would seem old-fashioned to him. I thought there was some kind of official DWP form for this sort of thing, that I could fill in and sign, but the only one that comes close is the Permitted Work form, which does mention "unpaid", but I don't know if that's volunteering (I guess it would be). Should I print that out, fill that out and send it in by p
  12. I found my old contact number for the work coach, but she's not available on Friday, and I was gonna call on Tuesday next week anyway, on "payday". After my WCA in (I think) May of 2017, I went for three appointments at the JCP and talked to her the first two times, but the third time it was someone else, but I don't remember if she was sick that day or if the work coach was changed, and I don't have that person's contact number. I will call on Tuesday in any case, and see what happens.
  13. What's the best and simplest way of informing them? Pop into the JCP without an appointment and just tell anyone? Phone call? What number? I think there was a form, but it seems to have been discontinued.
  14. I told the DWP work coach in early 2018 that I was doing three afternoons at Mind Cymru. Then, around late summer 2018, Mind Cymru suggested that I volunteer elsewhere as they couldn't find much work for me. I looked around for somewhere else, then found RSPCA in January 2019, but I didn't tell the DWP, and it was a combination of forgetting and not realising I had to (or so I've read in the rules). So should I? I'm afraid they will suspend my ESA claim until they confirm with RSPCA. What are the repercussions if I don't? Not serious, surely?
  15. I did let them know months ago, yes. Or are you telling me I should let them know of the change now?
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