DWP uses ‘fake’ claimants in benefit sanctions leaflet

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The Department for Work and Pensions has admitted using fictional stories from made-up claimants to illustrate the positive impact of benefit sanctions.

A Freedom of Information request by Welfare Weekly pushed the DWP to admit their actions, which included using the fabricated stories on promotional leaflets.

Under the sanctions system introduced by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, people can lose their benefits for any time between a few weeks and three years if they don’t meet the government’s requirements for jobseekers.

The DWP admitted in a statement: “The case studies were used for illustrative purposes to help people understand how the benefit system works. They’re based on conversations our staff have had with claimants.

“They have now been removed to avoid confusion”.

Learning disability charity Mencap said that the DWP’s behaviour has been “unacceptable”, and accused them of misleading the public by giving them “an unrepresentative view of the sanctions regime and its impact on disabled people”.

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