David Clapson: MPs to launch benefit sanctions inquiry, after 211,000 sign sister’s petition

Department for Work and Pensions select committee inquiry follows death of ex-soldier after jobseeker’s allowance stopped http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/oct/23/benefit-sanctions-investigated-mps

“More than 211,000 people signed a Change.org petition started by Gill Thompson after her diabetic brother, David Clapson, 59, was found dead in his home.”

‘No one should die penniless and alone’: the victims of Britain’s harsh welfare sanctions “He had an empty stomach, and just £3.44 to his name.” http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/03/victims-britains-harsh-welfare-sanctions

David Clapson

Benefit Sanction Appeal Tips (JSA & ESA)

DWP Hardship Payment forms/guidance: JSA/ESA and Universal Credit (recoverable loan)

DWP FOI disclosure of forms and guidance: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/hardship_payment_application_for FOI request 7 August 2014, disclosures 5 September 2014.

Download hardship application forms
JSA/ESA  (pdf) – view pdf online (html)
Universal Credit (pdf) – view pdf online (html)

Guidance
Leaflet: What is a [JSA] hardship payment? Download pdf – view pdf online (html) – source
DWP JSA Hardship Award Guidance Queries and Help: Download (pdf) – view pdf online (html)
Decision Makers Guide:Chapter 35 – Hardship  – Download (pdf) – view pdf online – source

Benefit Sanction Appeal Tips (JSA & ESA)

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