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The amount of money taken from claimants has risen by 3,000% under the coalition, the Public and Commercial Services Union(PCS) has claimed today. The news comes as a report issued by a group of churches finds that hunger is being used to control claimants behaviour.

According to the PCS, in 2010/11 a total of £11 million was withheld from JSA claimants because of sanctions.

But analysis of recent DWP data suggests that, in the year to September 2014, £355 million has been withheld from claimants in the year to September 2014.

The PCS points out that a four week sanction for an offence such as turning up 10 minutes late for a jobcentre appointment is worth around £300. They go on to say that:

“Recent crimes with a similar fine imposed by the courts include shining a laser pen at a police helicopter, described by magistrates as "extremely reckless behaviour which could have had horrific consequences".

Meanwhile, a report by Chuch Action on Poverty has found that 7 million weeks of sanctions were handed out in sanctions in 2013/14 and argues that:

The design of the sanctions system includes both the threat and the use of hunger as an instrument of policy.'


+2 #11 Mrs Helen Fraser 2015-03-13 00:50
The Tories always have and always will look after the rich and
affluent members of our society,they are like Robin Hood in
reverse take from the poor and give to the rich,always has been
this way,they couldn't care less about the poor and needy,all one
gets is things are getting better,plenty jobs,more money,what a
load of rubbish anyone that believes this spin is as mad as they are
if by some remote chance they get in again after the election woe
betide this country,they have no heart they couldn't care less,
there will be another round of cuts and even more poverty !!!!
#10 Bill 2015-03-10 07:42
We had no problem signing, just to let you know.

Mr & Mrs Bill
+4 #9 Paul Richards 2015-03-09 21:46
Hi Jayne,
Just to confirm - all of us on here, I am sure want to see IDS being brought to justice and to answer for his murderous and continuous assault upon the most vulnerable, the sick and the disabled of our Society.
With this in mind, I confirm that I fully support you in bringing this horrible 'Minister' to account. With 5834 signatures to your petition, it is only now a matter of time before it reaches the full 6000!
This overly rich Tory 'Minister for Works & Pensions' Ian Duncan Smith must, surely be brought to book:
Please sign the online Petition at:
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/investigate-ids-for-lies xxx
+3 #8 Paul Richards 2015-03-07 21:58
Hi Jayne,
Yes, very many thanks - you're welcome and I am only too pleased to assist in your endeavour. This is so extremely important - in a so-called 'Western Democracy' there should really be no way that any 'Minister of State' should be able to act in such an unfettered and totally 'unanswerable' way, either to other 'Ministers', the Prime Minister of the day, but most importantly of all - to the British people - who have more right than anyone to get him to answer for the terrible things that he has dished out (via his DWP) to the under priveledged, the sick, the disabled & vulnerable people.
I see that the petition is now tonight standing at 5821 - not too many more to go now - and maybe then, once it reaches the target of 6000 - this awful Government will at last have to take action and bring this demon to book for all of his wrongdoings, (but most importantly of all - to answer for the dreadful deaths that have resulted from his stewardship, policies and direct orders to his Department for Work & Pensions, who willingly, or unwillingly have nevertheless dutifully and cruelly, carried them out).
+2 #7 JayneL 2015-03-07 10:18
to Paul Richards - Thanks so much for pushing our petition to have #IDS investigated by Standards - https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/investigate-ids-for-lies xx
#6 Paul Richards 2015-03-05 11:27
Hi Samra,
That's interesting - the site is all genuine as far as I am aware - no idea how they've come up with the 'vulnerable' message. Perhaps it's the security levels that they are set to? I don't own a smart phone so have no real idea about exactly how they operate! Maybe someone else can come up with any ideas?
#5 Samra 2015-03-05 05:40
Hi I signed the petition but I sent it to others when they open the link it says ur phone is vulrnerable to this site what does that mean please?
+5 #4 Paul Richards 2015-03-02 22:11
If you did not know already, this latest article truly shows the 'Real' Tory priorities when it comes to spending monies they don't have! (£2-3 billion) - whilst certain groups of the British population are unnecessarily suffering, then please have a look at this one.

#3 Paul Richards 2015-03-02 21:17
Hi all,
Sorry, that should read 6000 signatures!!
+8 #2 Paul Richards 2015-03-02 21:02
Well said Mr & Mrs Bill - could not agree more. The Tories and their lapdogs, the LibDems, should be totally ashamed of themselves.
Even more reason now to support Jayne Linneys & Debbie Sayers online petition to get this 'by policy murderer' IDS investigated.
There is now only 209 signatures required to reach the magic target of 3000! Please spread the word in any way possible - Facebook, Twitter, friends, forums, you name it, - with enough support it should soon get there! This man must surely fully answer for all of this terrible cruelty, suffering and abuse of commonly held Human Rights. It is totally shameful in a so-called 'democratic' society that these unavoidable deaths should be happening.
Please go to: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/investigate-ids-for-lies
+6 #1 Bill 2015-03-02 18:51
Thank the high and mighty Tory Party for all this..... do they feel proud of their record in Office this time round we wonder?

Mr & Mrs Bill

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