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As the Government publish their National Disability Strategy and Health and Disability Green Paper, Research Fellow Caroline Selman sets out key points of consideration for anyone concerned about benefit sanctions.

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Despite an earlier indication from the Minister for Disabled People that aspects of benefit sanctions would be a “key theme” of the green paper, the published version includes limited detail on the topic.

It does, however, include some detail on the following points:

  • A “new” approach to conditionality, including the option for work coaches to agree voluntary steps, rather than mandatory requirements, with an associated reduction in the risk of sanction.
  • A recognition of the fear of sanctions as a barrier to accessing support.
  • Accessibility of the appeals process for assessment (rather than benefit sanction) decisions.

Read our briefing to find out more.