Why Benefit Sanctions are Failing the Disabled Community


Benefit sanctions can have a significant impact on disabled individuals in two ways. Firstly, they may be required to prove that they are unable to work or have missed an appointment due to their health or disability. Secondly, those who require carers or personal assistants (PAs) are also being affected by individuals who are encouraged to apply for jobs simply to avoid being sanctioned.

This situation is particularly concerning as individuals are being advised to apply for jobs regardless of their suitability or ability to perform the role. Unfortunately, this means that job advertisers (often the disabled person themselves, or their family) for carers and PAs are having to spend their already limited time and energy dealing with applicants who have no intention of accepting the job or may even cancel the interview at short notice.

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It is crucial that we address this issue and ensure that disabled individuals are not unfairly penalised by benefit sanctions. We must work towards creating a system that supports and empowers disabled individuals, rather than placing unnecessary burdens on them. By doing so, we can create a more inclusive and equitable society for all.




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