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Benefits Sanctions Cost More Than They Save, National Audit Office Report Finds

Benefits sanctions cost more to administer than they save, a damning report of the Government’s welfare crackdown has found.

The National Audit Office (NAO), the independent watchdog of state spending, said that fining claimants for failing to meet certain conditions caused them greater hardship, and cost the Government almost twice what it gained.

The analysis found the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) spent £30-50 million a year applying sanctions, and around £200 million monitoring the terms it set for job seekers.

But in 2015, it said, the measures saved just £132 million.

Opposition politicians blasted a “discredited system” where ministers have “no idea about the true cost of the sanctions regime”.

Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2016/11/29/benefits-sanctions-cost-more-than-they-save-report-finds_n_13311180.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-politics&ir=UK+Politics