These figures show just how many local peoples’ lives have been impacted by the Tories’ despicable sanction regime with families being deprived of essential support – often through no fault of their own.
We as a society are able to look after all in our communities and it is unacceptable that people are being denied the most basic rights and are forced to use foodbanks in the name of saving money while the rich get richer.
Simply put, sanctions are an attack on our community and the most vulnerable in it.
I have assisted many people in overturning their sanctions. It is apparent that the system is deliberately designed to trip people up to penalise them with some reasons being unbelievably trivial. It shows just how low the Tories are prepared to go by depriving unemployed and disabled people of support.
If anyone locally has been sanctioned, I urge them not to allow the Tories to get away with it. They rely on people being unwilling to fight against them. Reach out to the various local services for help including my office, Welfare Rights and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau for help; and take part in the Select Committee’s inquiry.