Sanctions claim

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
In the Guardian on the 24th of March 2015 an article on the recent report published by a cross party committeee of MP's concluded that sanctions were unreasonably penal.

The article states that "Official figures show sanction rates have increased rapidly since the coalition introduced tighter benefit conditions in October 2012, and over 1m sanctions were issued last year. In some areas up to one in 10 of all jobseekers were given sanctions in 2013-14.

A DWP spokesperson said: “As the report recognises, sanctions are a vital backstop in the welfare system and are only used in a small minority of cases where claimants don’t do all they can to look for work."

I request that the name of the official who spoke to the Guardian be published, alongside his position within the department.

In the "small minority of cases" where claimants have been sanctioned what number have had all benefits removed, and how many claimants have died, from whatever cause, within 3 months of the sanctions being imposed.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Lythgoe

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Dear DWP freedom-of-information-requests,
I note that you have failed to reply to my FOI request by the 23rd April 2015 as you are required to do by law. Please can you answer my request and explain why to date you have failed to respond.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Lythgoe

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Dear Paul Lythgoe,

Please see attached response to your Freedom of Information request of 24/03/15.

Kind regards,
FOI Focal Point

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