|It's not my fault. I'm too dim to do this job properly
Your gran dies during the night. The next morning your partner calls the jobcentre and asks if you can come in the following day instead. The centre agrees, and you sign in the next day. Then you get a letter stating that you failed to sign in and would be sanctioned if you don’t reply within seven days. You reply, explaining the situation. The job centre gives you a six-week sanction for not replying.
Source: Mari-claire M at Netmums
You get a job interview. It’s at the same time as your jobcentre appointment, so you reschedule the job centre. You attend your rearranged appointment and then get a letter saying your benefits will be stopped because going to a job interview isn't a good enough reason to miss an appointment.
Source: Daily Mail
You've signed in on time, been to interviews and applied for work. Your job centre advisor suggests you make a two-line change to your CV, which you do, but fail to give the updated CV to the job centre (you weren’t told you had to). You are sanctioned for four weeks.
Source: nciaw36 at MoneySavingExpert
You work for 20 years and then miss a jobcentre appointment because you haven't had the process clearly explained. You are sanctioned for 3 weeks. Source: Councillor John O’Shea
|That's where you belong, you scroungers,
and that's where you are going
You get a job that starts in two weeks time. You don’t look for work while you are waiting for the job to start. You're sanctioned.
Source: The Guardian
You are forced to retire due to a heart condition, and you claim Employment and Support Allowance. During your assessment you have a heart attack. You are sanctioned for not completing your assessment.
Source: Debbie Abrahams MP
It’s Christmas Day and you don’t fill in your job search evidence form to show that you've looked for all the new jobs that are advertised on Christmas Day. You are sanctioned. Merry Christmas.
Source: Poverty Alliance
|And that's how much I care...on a good day
You are given a training appointment that clashes with your job centre appointment. The jobcentre is unwilling to rearrange its appointment and tells you to get a letter from the training organisation. The training organisation says it does not provide letters.
Source: Russell Brown MP
You apply for three jobs one week and three jobs the following Sunday and Monday. Because the jobcentre week starts on a Tuesday it treats this as applying for six jobs in one week and none the following week. You are sanctioned for 13 weeks for failing to apply for three jobs each week.
You miss your job centre appointment due to the funeral of a close family relative. You are sanctioned.
Source: Derek Twigg MP
You've been unemployed for seven months and are forced onto a workfare scheme in a shop miles away, but can't afford to travel. You offer to work in a nearby branch but are refused and get sanctioned for not attending your placement.
Source: Caroline Lucas MP
You have a job interview which overruns so you arrive at your job centre appointment 9 minutes late. You get sanctioned for a month.
Source: jsdk at Consumer Action
|Ah darling, did you get your salary for not doing my diary?
Any news of your dear rich papa? Quite well I trust?
You can’t afford to travel to look for work so you get sanctioned.
Source: Citizens Advice Bureau
Your job centre advisor suggests a job. When you go online to apply it says the job has “expired” so you don’t apply. You are sanctioned for 13 weeks.
Source: Penny at Yahoo! Answers
You miss your jobcentre appointment as it clashes with your work programme interview. You get sanctioned.
Source: Citizens Advice Bureau