Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
Could you please let me know if it is true that some Jobcentreplus departments have been issuing Marks and Spencer vouchers to staff for attaining sanction levels against claimants?
If they have been issued, what is there purpose?
Please find attached the reply to your recent Freedom of Information
request reference number 2592:
DWP Freedom of Information Team
Dear Operations FOI Requests,
I thought i would remind you since you say you have history of this,
“Mr Lloyd said Jobcentre workers had threatened to tear up £25 Marks and Spencer vouchers received for getting claimants off benefits as part of a DWP ‘carrot and stick’ approach.
He said: “The carrot is a small one and a number of PCS members from Smethwick were considering tearing up their vouchers in front of IDS to show their feelings over the matter.”
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