We’d be very interested to hear from members who have been threatened with, or suffered, sanctions whilst claiming JSA or ESA.
We’ve already had some submissions via our Facebook page, including one from someone caring for their son who has Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD. The son did not fully understand the instructions for setting up and using a Universal Jobmatch online account, although he and his carer did their best to muddle through. When he returned to the Jobcentre and tried to explain his difficulties he was given a 4 week sanction, although it was actually 8 weeks before he received another payment.
We don’t want our members to be caught unprepared for the vicious sanctions regime if they are forced to claim JSA. We’re determined to give you the best possible information and advice about:
how to avoid sanctions
how to challenge a sanction if you’re threatened with or receive one
how to use discrimination legislation and legal aid to fight back against unjust sanctions
Any sanctions experiences you can share with us will be greatly valued.