#Derbyuk This is Compassionate #Conservative Britain: Benefit sanctions lead claimants to suicide, crime and destitution, warns damning report

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Benefit sanctions lead claimants to suicide, crime and destitution, warns damning report

Exclusive: Analysis for Salford City Council highlights devastating effects on the local community

Benefit sanctions are “devastating” for claimants and can lead to destitution, crime, suicide, and throw up barriers to employment, a wide-ranging report probing the effects of removing payments from Salford’s residents has claimed.

The internal research, commissioned by Salford City Council, suggests that a sudden loss of income by removing benefits could damage mental health, create tensions within family relationships and cause individuals to commit a crime such as shoplifting.

It adds that evidence provided by Salford Central food bank, run by the Trussell Trust, shows that 64 per cent of referrals for emergency food between 2013-14 were made by claimants who were experiencing a benefit delay or change, which includes receiving a sanction. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has always strongly denied a link between sanctions and food banks.

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