21 November 2013
Contributions have been invited from staff dealing with this type of work, claimants and external/partner organisations to email@example.com.
The review focuses on:
The Group Executive Committee (GEC) will be submitting a response to the review. Although members can send individuals views in, we ask Branches and members to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with their contributions by 10th December to form part of the union’s collective response.
The GEC believes the review is a good opportunity for the union to expose:
The recent publication of sanctions data shows that there have been 0.58 million sanctions from October 2012 to June 2013. There has been an average of 69,000 referrals a month which is an increase of 75%, and an overall increase of 137% in the last 10 years. PCS believes it is no coincidence that the use of foodbanks has tripled in the last year. The impact of sanctioning is devastating for claimants and their families, and makes jobcentres an increasingly confrontational and dangerous place to work.
It is therefore very important that members use this opportunity to feed in their views to this review.
The GEC has provided updates to Branches and members on sanctioning and conditionality issues in the following circulars:
DWP/BB/129/13, DWP/BB/116/13, DWP/BB/044/13, DWP/BB/137/12, DWP/BB/138/12, DWP/BB/131/12, DWP/BB/076/12.
Along with challenging the employer using employee relations routes, and through gathering evidence of ‘perverse’ behaviour and performance improvement plans relating to sanction referrals, the GEC is also stepping up our campaigning work to oppose the sanctioning regime.
Each Regional Committee appoints a member to the Work Services Advisory Committee where these matters are discussed and members are given further updates to relay to branches.
Further updates will be provided when available, feedback is welcomed through local or branches PCS representatives or to email@example.com