Fwd: A Selection of Especially Stupid Benefit Sanctions

Tony Gosling tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Sun Oct 6 23:17:10 BST 2013

>From: "Come on, just print some treasury money and you can pay for 
>everything" <jenny.m.smith at dsl.pipex.com>
>Subject: A Selection of Especially Stupid Benefit Sanctions
><http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/>A Selection of Especially Stupid 
>Social Security <http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/>'Sanctions'
>Cruel, arbitrary and ridiculous reasons why people have their benefits stopped
>Your gran dies during the night. The next morning your partner calls 
>the job centre and asks if you can come in the following day 
>instead. The centre agrees, and you sign in the next day. Then you 
>get a letter stating that you failed to sign in and would be 
>sanctioned if you don't reply within seven days. You reply, 
>explaining the situation. The job centre gives you a six-week 
>sanction for not replying.
>M at Netmums
><http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/post/61753823556>September 20, 2013
><http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/post/61753823556#notes>1 note
>You get a job interview. It's at the same time as your job centre 
>appointment, so you reschedule the job centre. You attend your 
>rearranged appointment and then get a letter saying your benefits 
>will be stopped because going to a job interview isn't a good enough 
>reason to miss an appointment.
><http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/post/61587732680>September 20, 2013
><http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/post/61587732680#notes>31 notes
>You've signed in on time, been to interviews and applied for work. 
>Your job centre advisor suggests you make a two-line change to your 
>CV, which you do, but fail to give the updated CV to the job centre 
>(you weren't told you had to). You are sanctioned for four weeks.
>  at MoneySavingExpert
><http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/post/61751935836>September 20, 2013
>You work for 20 years and then miss a job centre appointment because 
>you haven't had the process clearly explained. You are sanctioned for 3 weeks.
>John O'Shea
><http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/post/61682851682>September 20, 2013
>You get a job that starts in two weeks time. You don't look for work 
>while you are waiting for the job to start. You're sanctioned.
><http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/post/61703239017>September 19, 2013
><http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/post/61703239017#notes>11 notes
>You are forced to retire due to a heart condition, and you claim 
>Employment and Support Allowance. During your assessment you have a 
>heart attack. You are sanctioned for not completing your assessment.
>Abrahams MP
><http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/post/61703139514>September 19, 2013
><http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/post/61703139514#notes>34 notes
>It's Christmas Day and you don't fill in your job search evidence 
>form to show that you've looked for all the new jobs that are 
>advertised on Christmas Day. You are sanctioned. Merry Christmas.
><http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/post/61687679773>September 19, 2013
>You are given a training appointment that clashes with your job 
>centre appointment. The job centre is unwilling to rearrange its 
>appointment and tells you to get a letter from the training 
>organisation. The training organisation says it doesn't provide letters.
>Brown MP
><http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/post/61702952784>September 19, 2013
>You apply for three jobs one week and three jobs the following 
>Sunday and Monday. Because the job centre week starts on a Tuesday 
>it treats this as applying for six jobs in one week and none the 
>following week. You are sanctioned for 13 weeks for failing to apply 
>for three jobs each week.
>and Castleford Express (via 
><http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/post/61756163356>September 19, 2013
><http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/post/61756163356#notes>1 note
>You miss your job centre appointment due to the funeral of a close 
>family relative. You are sanctioned.
>Twigg MP
><http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/post/61702831092>September 19, 2013
>You've been unemployed for seven months and are forced onto a 
>workfare scheme in a shop miles away, but can't afford to travel. 
>You offer to work in a nearer branch but are refused and get 
>sanctioned for not attending your placement.
>Lucas MP
><http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/post/61702702754>September 19, 2013
>You have a job interview which overruns so you arrive at your job 
>centre appointment 9 minutes late. You get sanctioned for a month.
>at Consumer Action
><http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/post/61702032237>September 19, 2013
><http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/post/61702032237#notes>10 notes
>You can't afford to travel to look for work so you get sanctioned.
><https://twitter.com/RTCAB/status/278572512114249728>Citizens Advice Bureau
><http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/post/61701813354>September 19, 2013
>Your job centre advisor suggests a job. When you go online to apply 
>it says the job has "expired" so you don't apply. You are sanctioned 
>for 13 weeks.
>at Yahoo! Answers
><http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/post/61753980032>September 19, 2013
><http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/post/61753980032#notes>2 notes
>You miss your job centre appointment as it clashes with your work 
>programme interview. You get sanctioned.
><https://twitter.com/RTCAB/status/278572512114249728>Citizens Advice Bureau
><http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/post/61701696881>September 19, 2013
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