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The DWP have updated their Universal credit guidance to remove the exemption from sanctions for claimants who are affected by coronavirus.

Last week Benefits and Work revealed that Thérèse Coffey, had refused to say that benefits sanctions would remain suspended when the current ban ended last Wednesday.

Instead, Coffey told MPs:

“It’s important that as the jobcentres fully reopen this week, we do reinstate the need for having a claimant commitment”.

We can now also reveal that at the end of last week the DWP updated their guidance on ‘Universal Credit if you have a disability or health condition’.

The guidance was updated, as follows, according to the updates list covering the page

1 July 2020

Removed the wording 'You will not get a sanction if you cannot keep to your Claimant Commitment because of coronavirus (COVID-19)'.

There is no explanation of how this will work in practice, but it gives DWP staff more freedom to apply sanctions to disabled claimants who are a greater risk from COVID-19 and have altered their behaviour accordingly.

Comments  

+1 #3 naheegan 2020-07-06 23:45
I vaguely remember something about not attending F2F with work coaches if a claimant has a communicable disease. Covid19 is one such disease.
I might be wrong about this. Or it may have been dropped from the guidance or regulations.

On the other hand, if claimants ill with Covid-19 risked a sanction by non-attendance with a F2F with their work coach, they are more likely to try to attend. Doing so would be both putting everyone in the building at risk and also against current government guidance for those ill with the virus to stay isolated.

You know, it's crazy for DWP to put claimants, other jobseekers or claimants and JCP staff at risk.
+1 #2 mrfibrospondodysthmatic 2020-07-06 16:25
Just shows there's so many people in Government without the slightest conscience when they are the cause of human suffering amongst their own people, who put them in power in the first place.
#1 wendyk 2020-07-06 13:23
Disgusting government.

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