PLP has today submitted written evidence to the Welsh Affairs Committee inquiry into the benefits system in Wales.

Drawing on our research into benefit sanctions, we are calling for greater transparency on Universal Credit data to ensure marginalised groups do not experience discrimination, and for more robust processes to protect the most vulnerable within the benefits system.

Our recommendations include;

  • that the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) be required to publish data on Universal Credit appeals, hardship payments and ethnicity
  • measures aimed at improving the fairness and affordability of hardship payments
  • measures aimed at improving the fairness and due process of sanctioning decisions such as time-limits on mandatory reconsiderations and a system of warnings.

If you are a Wales based organisation working in benefit sanctions and would like to get in touch, please contact Matthew Court.

If you would like to know more about our research work on benefit sanctions appeals, please get in touch with Caroline Selman.