BBC Newsnight: "What happens when benefit claimants break the rules?"
The heading quotation is from the programme opening. The actual footage from the relief drop-in centre is from 14 minutes mark to . A centre worker says that sometimes the claimants are sanctioned for no reason at all. The studio bit between
- Tory Nadhim Zahawi MP [Business Select Committee member] whose horses are kept warm at taxpayers' expense and seems to think that being on the Work Programme could save people from being sanctioned and
- Labour's Debbie Abrahams MP who sits on the Social Security Select Committee
starts at about the 23 minutes mark after rubbishy and misleading statements from the DWP that anyone can appeal against being sanctioned. It is mentioned that 1.53m people were sanctioned between October 2012 and June 2013 under the new sanctions regime comes at about the 26-27 minutes mark.
Typing this out has been a handy 'anger management' measure on my part, as it has given my hands something else to do other than smash the screen when Nadhim Zahawi has been arguing the case for 'getting people out of a cruel, cruel benefits system'. That bit ends at about the 30 minute mark.