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Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions branded “grossly unfair” to people with learning disabilities

The sanctions regime for Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) is “grossly unfair to people with learning disabilities” and helps to “trap them in poverty”, according to a leading charity. This criticism came as the government published the findings of a review into how Jobcentre Plus and back to work scheme providers communicate with claimants who have their benefits stopped for not keeping up their end of the bargain. Sanctions – which have a “vital role to play in the modern day welfare system”, according to the review’s author, Matthew Oakley – are applied as a last resort when claimants fail to do


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