OPFS responds to news that the Scottish Government will not be required to use sanctions on new work programme
OPFS responded to the DWP announcement that Scottish Government will not be required to use sanctions on the new devolved work programme
Satwat Rehman, Director of OPFS said:
“OPFS welcomes the DWP announcement that Scottish employability programmes will be exempt from conditionality. We are very pleased that the Scottish Government has taken a stand against the benefits sanctions regime which results in cuts to the benefit of some of our poorest families and forces many single parents into poor quality, low paid, temporary work. Reducing the income of families who already live in poverty represents a fundamental failure to take the health and well-being of children into account, as they too suffer.
“However tens of thousands of single parents who are not in paid work still face the risk of being sanctioned by the Jobcentre. Single parents do not need the threat of destitution to help them prepare for work. What they need is for the government to help remove the barriers in their way – including the lack of training opportunities available, fair work and the shortage of flexible affordable childcare.”