This summer, CABs across Scotland are raising the issue of benefit sanctions. The 'Challenge It' campaign aims to raise awareness of the right to appeal against sanctions.{jcomments on}

All CABs in Scotland have been issued with 'Challenge It' postcards and mini-cards, offering tips both on how to avoid being sanctioned and what to do if you are.

Fourteen local 'survival guides' are being produced by CABs across the country. The guides offer detailed help for those who have been sanctioned, as well as listing local sources of assistance and aid.

The campaign will raise awareness of sanctions: ensuring people understand how to prevent their benefit being sanctioned, and also providing information on what to do if they feel the sanction has been unfairly applied.

Evidence from bureaux in Scotland shows that people often feel powerless when sanctioned. This campaign aims to empower people by supporting them to avoid being sanctioned in the first place, and also lists actions they can take if they feel the sanction is unfair.

Prevent sanctions – self help

  • If you are set job search targets you can’t manage, say so, or tell a CAB advisor.

  • Keep a careful record of everything you do to try and find work. If you are unable to look of work at any point, keep a note of why not.

  • Have you missed an appointment? Tell the Job Centre why within 5 days and keep your own record.

    If sanctioned – take action

  • Ask for a mandatory reconsideration within a month. If you don’t get your first sanctions reversed, later ones could be for longer.
  • If that fails, your local CAB can help you appeal through a free, independent tribunal.

  • When your money is stopped, you can apply for hardship payments from the Job Centre.

Campaign materials are available to download from the <a href="">Citizens Advice Scotland campaign webpage</a>.

Campaign materials are available to download from the Citizens Advice Scotland campaign webpage.


Write comments...
or post as a guest
Loading comment... The comment will be refreshed after 00:00.

Be the first to comment.

Free PIP, ESA & UC Updates!

Delivered Fortnightly

Over 110,000 claimants and professionals subscribe to the UK's leading source of benefits news.

We use cookies

We use cookies on our website. Some of them are essential for the operation of the site, while others help us to improve this site and the user experience (tracking cookies). You can decide for yourself whether you want to allow cookies or not. Please note that if you reject them, you may not be able to use all the functionalities of the site.