As promised last night, the SKWAWKBOX has been looking further into conflicting reports from DWP insiders concerning the WRAG (work-related activity group) category into which the government, more or less arbitrarily, places some disability benefit claimants and the possibility of sanctions after a fixed period of two years under the Universal Credit (UC) system if claimants have not found work.
Some activists insisted that this was part of the UC system and this was initially confirmed by long-term DWP employees. Others subsequently disputed it. The only thing all were agreed on was that the rules are ill-conceived and extremely confusing.
The SKWAWKBOX contacted a PCS union official who specialises in UC for clarification and received this response:
I’ve been looking at the regulations and I can’t find anything that refers specifically to a fixed time limit in which to find employment.
The ‘disabled’ argument, as I’m sure you are aware…
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