This article titled Unemployed Face Benefit Sanctions If Bad Weather Prevents Them From Getting To Jobcentres and written by Steven Preece was first published by the Welfare News Service on 5 January 2014 and has been reproduced here with permission.
A Freedom of Information Request (FOI) by Plaid Cymru has discovered that jobseeker’s could face benefit sanctions if bad weather (including snow) prevents them from attending a Jobcentre appointment.
Plaid Cymru asked the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) whether exemptions would apply to the policy of applying benefit sanctions against unemployed people who fail to attend Jobcentre appointments due to poor weather conditions (such as snow), or other unforeseen circumstances.
In reply, the DWP confirmed that poor weather was not taken into account when deciding whether a benefit claimant should be sanctioned, but that the final decision is always left to the…
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