Unite Community members have welcomed a new inquiry into the cruel sanctions programme that has been forcing the most vulnerable in our society into the hands of loan sharks, and becoming reliant on hand outs from food banks. Without pressure from campaigners this inquiry would not have taken place nor will it be enough to reverse the tide of cruel and unnecessary welfare reforms that tries to blame the poorest in society for the problems caused by those with the most wealth. Unite Community members will continue to support those falling foul of this upside down system whilst at the same time organising our communities to fight back.
The inquiry was prompted by a 200,000 signature petition set following the death of a former soldier who served in Northern Ireland and who died destitute after being sanctioned by the Job Centre for missing a single meeting.
You can read more about the inquiry here: