Ben­e­fit find­ings backed

Stirling Observer - - STIRLINGSHIRE REMEMBERS -

The find­ings of a West­min­ster se­lect com­mit­tee on ben­e­fit sanc­tions have been backed by Clack­man­nan­shire and Dunblane MSP Keith Brown.

Mr Brown sub­mit­ted ev­i­dence he gath­ered from Clack­man­nan­shire and Stir­ling coun­cils, third sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions and ben­e­fit claimants them­selves ear­lier this year to the Work and Pen­sions Se­lect Com­mit­tee.

The com­mit­tee’s re­port, pub­lished this week, con­cludes that“the time is long over­due for the Govern­ment to as­sess the ev­i­dence and say, where it is right to do so, this pol­icy is not achiev­ing its aims, it is not work­ing, and the cost is too high”.

Mr Brown said:“The Work and Pen­sions Se­lect Com­mit­tee’s in­quiry finds that the hu­man cost of con­tin­u­ing to ap­ply the ex­ist­ing regime of ben­e­fit sanc­tions – the ‘only ma­jor wel­fare re­form this decade to have never been eval­u­ated’– ap­pears sim­ply too high. The ev­i­dence that it is achiev­ing its aims is at best mixed, and at worst show­ing a pol­icy that ap­pears ‘ar­bi­trar­ily puni­tive’.

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