Government putting sanctions ahead of people

Responding to the Government’s ‘Way to Work’ campaign Liberal Democrat Work & Pensions Spokesperson, Wendy Chamberlain MP said: “Rather than supporting people to find secure long-term employment, the Government is now attempting to force people into accepting any job going.

Wendy Chamberlain

“This callous move could see skilled workers forced to accept insecure short term employment, for fear of having the rug pulled out from under them, and create a cycle of unemployment.

“What is worse, these harsh sanctions could be applied within weeks of applying for Universal Credit – before people’s first payment even arrives.

“We are in the middle of a cost of living crisis, with energy bills soaring and reliance on food banks rising. If the Government can write off billions in Covid fraud, they can afford to genuinely support those looking for work instead of sanctioning them.”

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