Published: 3rd August 2020 Drawing on our conference in early 2020 – Benefit Sanctions: What’s next? – the Public Law Project and the University of York have published a short-form strategy for civil society organisations working to improve the system. Download: Benefits Sanctions: Strategies for Civil Society Benefits Sanctions: Strategies for Civil Society outlines four main problems with the current system: Evidence shows that sanctions are counterproductive at getting people back into workSanctions can have discriminatory effect on certain groups, such as care leavers, single parents, and domestic violence survivorsThe proportion of sanctions that are challenged is relatively low – this suggests there may be many potentially strong cases for appeal that are left unchallenged The four strategies for civil society to tackle the problems with benefit sanctions are: #1. Press the DWP for more and better data #2. A review of the legality of the scheme #3. A forum for sharing frontline experiences #4. An information campaign on claimant commitment & challenging sanctions Please take a moment to share this strategy with your colleagues and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get in touch about what we are currently doing and how we can take the ideas of this strategy forward.