Targets and disciplinary threats pressure Jobcentre staff to sanction claimants

• Inquiry launched after league tables revealed
• Leak shows pressure on staff to refer claimants

The government has launched an inquiry after it was forced to admit that jobcentres have been setting targets and league tables to sanction benefit claimants despite assurances to parliament this week that no such targets were being set.

A leaked email shows staff being warned by managers that they will be disciplined unless they increase the number of claimants referred to a tougher benefit regime.

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Remploy Workers Protest Factory Closures

Last Thursday Remploy workers from across Scotland and the north of England took t0 the streets of Edinburgh to demand a halt to Government plans to close their factories. Remploy is the UK’s oldest and largest employer of disabled people and the closures will mean job losses for 1,752 staff, of which 1,518 have a disability.

The protest took place outside a conference where Liz Sayce, author of the report recommending the factory closures, was speaking. Demonstrators from Edinburgh’s Remploy factory which employs 28 staff were joined by colleagues from as far afield as Ashington in Northumberland as well as local anti-cuts groups. Continue reading