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Benefit Sanctions Against People With Mental Health Problems Up By 600 Per Cent

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/benefit-sanctions-against-people-with-mental-health-problems-up-by-600-per-cent-a6731971.html

The number of benefit sanctions imposed on people with mental health problems has increased by over 600 per cent over the last four years, Department for Work and Pensions statistics show.

A joint analysis of the figures by the Independent and the mental health charity Mind found that 19,259 people with such conditions had their benefits stopped under sanction in 2014-15 compared to just 2,507 in 2011-12 – a 668 per cent rise.

The finding comes weeks after ministers rejected a call to investigate whether such sanctions – which involve stopping a person’s disability benefit income for weeks at a time to enforce compliance – are damaging to mental health.

And yet the mental cases that run the City of London get given hundreds of billions with no questions asked.

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Benefit sanctions exist purely as an means to reduce the benefit budget & put pressure on DWP staff who are pushed to apply them. Money is far more important than people's welfare in such situations....

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