The way sanctions are administered is to be investigated by a select committee of MPs following the death of a diabetic man after his JSA was stopped. The move follows a Change.org petition, which received more than 200,000 signatures, calling for an inquiry into benefit sanctions. Former soldier, David Clapton, died three weeks after his benefit was stopped.
The campaign was launched by his sister, who said that she was doing it because she didn’t want this to happen to anyone else. Campaigners across the UK have been highly critical of the sanctions regime, blaming their increased use for the rise in families suffering from acute poverty. Sanctions, benefit errors and delays have been blamed for the rise in the UK’s need for food banks.
Source: The Guardian