“Time to rethink these dysfunctional benefit sanctions”

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“The current sanctions regime embodies and reinforces that system-wide dysfunctionality. If we want a social security – as opposed to a social insecurity – system, one that supports rather than punishes, that is built on trust not fear, any review must look beyond sanctions alone.”

An interesting article from The Guardian’s Patrick Butler.

(Please note: Views and opinions expressed by third parties, as guest posts or links, are not the views and opinions held by Citizens Advice, or the Bureaux involved in producing Campaigning Cumbria.  This blog is intended as an information resource to show the type of evidence we are looking for, and the sort of changes to social policy and welfare that might impact those living in Cumbria, and to allow local people and policymakers have their say. It is not intended to provide advice, guidance or information.)

The Rise of Foodbanks in the UK

Insight into the increase in the demand of food banks in the UK.

Another from Patrick Butler’s blog, this post reveals the greatly increased use of food banks, as described by the food banks themselves. 

For more information on food banks in your area, get in touch with your local Citizens Advice Bureau.

(Please note: Views and opinions expressed by third parties, as guest posts or links, are not the views and opinions held by Citizens Advice, or the Bureaux involved in producing Campaigning Cumbria.  This blog is intended as an information resource to show the type of evidence we are looking for, and the sort of changes to social policy and welfare that might impact those living in Cumbria, and to allow local people and policymakers have their say. It is not intended to provide advice, guidance or information.)

Breadline margins: life on £3.26 a day

A tragic reality for many in Britain: “Low income households are increasingly relying on ‘perpetual debt’ to pay for basics and make ends meet”.

This post on the ‘Breadline Margins’ from Patrick Butler’s blog gives an insight into the poverty faced by many in the UK.

(Please note: Views and opinions expressed by third parties, as guest posts or links, are not the views and opinions held by Citizens Advice, or the Bureaux involved in producing Campaigning Cumbria.  This blog is intended as an information resource to show the type of evidence we are looking for, and the sort of changes to social policy and welfare that might impact those living in Cumbria, and to allow local people and policymakers have their say. It is not intended to provide advice, guidance or information.)