The Methodist Church, working with the Church of Scotland, the
Church in Wales and mental health charity Mind have uncovered new
data that shows that more than 100 people per day who are assessed
as unfit for work because of their mental health problems are
having their benefits sanctioned.
Contrary to popular belief, benefit sanctions (having your
benefit payments stopped for a period of up to three years) are not
imposed in cases of benefit fraud - these are dealt with by
Most often they are given to people who are unemployed but
sanctions are also given to people who are claiming benefit because
they are too sick or disabled to work. For these people, the most
common reason for being sanctioned is that a person has been late
or not turned up for a Work Programme or jobcentre
Find out more
Full data set here.
We're concerned that benefit sanctions are harming precisely
those who need the most help and support and we're working on an
upcoming report about the regime.
Ivatt to receive an advance copy of the report.
Video: Hear Catherine tell her story of being sanctioned and how
it affected her mental health.
Catherine Hale is a Work Programme service user claiming ESA due
to a long-term health condition. She has a first class degree
from the London School of Economics and has pursued her
interest in public policy and its impact on disabled people in a
voluntary capacity for Voluntary Action Lewisham, the South
East London ME Support Group, and as a member of the Spartacus
Network of disability activists. Catherine produced
this report for Mind
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