Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

If they exist, please provide your active policies on notifying claimants they are being sanctioned along with why they are being sanctioned.

Must staff notify claimants the reason for being sanctioned or are they allowed to put a sanction in place and then (for instance) go on holiday without telling anyone the reason for it? How must claimants be notified - ie by letter? Must the reason be logged on a DWP system?

Benefits: Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment, Employment and Support Allowance

Background: It was indicated on a TV documentary as it happened that a DWP staff member had issued a claimant with a sanction and then went on holiday without telling anyone the reason for it - not even other staff.

Yours faithfully,

Amanda Hart
for Stop UK lies and Corruption

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