Church of England General Synod – Call for benefits policy review

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Posted 4 March 2016

The English General Synod has issued a unanimous call to the UK government to initiate “a full, independent review” of the country’s policy regarding social security benefit sanctions and the conditions for receiving benefits.

The terms have been made much more strict by the government since 2012.

It was stated in a briefing paper that benefits are being stopped in more “punitive” ways, with examples being cited of a person being required to apply for seven jobs per week but applying for ten one week and five the next; being late attending a Jobcentre interview because of a job interview; and ceasing to look for work because the person already had a job offer to start in four weeks.

It was indicated: “There is evidence that growing dependence on food banks is strongly linked to sanctioning.”