Seetec and Ingeus: Most vindictive benefit sanctions happy Workfare and Work Programme providers

Statistics released today about the DWP’s Provider Direct destitution causing benefit sanctions hotline, show consistently that Seetec and Ingeus are by far the most vindictive benefit sanctions happy Mandatory Work Activity and Work Programme providers.

In a 5 week period Seetec made calls to sanction benefits of nearly 13,000 people (Weeks 18 to 22). In one week alone it called to make 4,417 people destitute (Week 20), compared to 2  by Prospects.

In a 5 week period Seetec tried to sanction benefits of nearly 13,000 people (Weeks 18 to 22). In one week alone it called to make 4,417 people destitute (Week 20), compared to 2  by Prospects.
Source: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/provider_direct_mi#incoming-466144

Provider Direct“is used when a Work Programme participant has failed to participate in a mandated activity and you are going to raise a WP08 [sanction] referral.” (emphasis added) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dwp-provider-guidance-provider-direct-work-programme

Work ProgrammeMandation is a tool to be used to encourage participation in the work programme with sanctionable consequences for non participation.”  (emphasis added) https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/264163/wp-pg-chapter-3a-22-october-2012.pdf

Mandatory Work Activity Providers “The Provider Direct service was introduced on 25 March 2013 as a way to
help you manage your Decision Making and Appeals (DMA) [sanctions] referrals.”
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/lr18-provider-memo-updates-to-mandatory-work-activity-provider-guidance

Strangely the number of individuals A4e called for the sanction of destitution on a weekly basis, has been omitted, in the week starting 21/10/13 it made 434 sanctions calls (compared to 4 by Avanta). These calls could have been for it’s plans to sanction up to 4340 people, as each call can be for 10 Work Programme conscripts.

A4e sanctions happy

Provider Direct guidance
“10 participants..[a]…call”
https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/265415/provider-direct-guidance.pdf

These cold hard statistics show the wanton destruction DWP Providers are having on people lives, by forcing them into destitution.

What these sanctions calls stats hide is how often they are being initiated by subcontractors and workfare placement exploiters like the YMCA and the Salvation Army.

*Post revised, as viewing stats via google does not display all stats – it is recommended to download the full document to view all content: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/189610/response/466144/attach/4/5851%20Davis.xls
Via: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/provider_direct_mi#incoming-466144

How to Appeal or Dispute a Decision: From 28th October 2013 http://refuted.org.uk/2013/10/27/appeals/

53% of reconsideration requests and appeals against JSA sanctions are successful

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