DWP staff say sanction targets still exist. Ian Wright was a DWP work coach. Alan Davies was a DWP personal adviser. Both men had key roles in the sanctions process. Both men say they were disciplined for not referring enough people for sanctions.
Mark Serwotka who is the General Secretary for the Public and Commercial Services Union also states there is a target for sanctions referrals and the Government denies it.
He states one of those is 80% of all referrals must result in a sanction. Individuals have to compete against other individuals. Offices have to compete against other offices. Which side is more credible – the staff expected to implement these targets or the Ministers who live in a world of their own?
SBR = Stricter Benefit Regime
DMA = Decision Making and Appeals
ASE = Actively Seeking Employment
RE = Refusal of Employment
MEL = Minimum Expected Level
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