Opportunity for Local Minds, benefits advisors and service users to influence on sanctions

Background

We know that sanctions, and the threat of sanctions, are a big issue for our service users and beneficiaries. It’s something that we hear about every week from those in the benefits system themselves and local Minds. That is why we are launching a campaign calling for changes to sanctions and conditionality at the end of summer. We’ve had feedback that some of you would like to get involved and we’d more than welcome this.

We want to use your expertise and opinions to help us campaign as we know that advisors and service-users have an invaluable insight into how the threat of sanctions makes people feel and whether it is proving to be an effective means of engagement.

So how can you get involved?

For the campaign, we are producing a report aimed at high-level policy makers with some key asks and recommendations. To enhance the report we’re looking to feature case studies of service users, successful back-to-work programmes and feature the expertise of advisors.

  • Are you able to provide us with potential case studies for the report? We’d be looking for individuals who are under threat of sanctions and are willing to explain the impact it has on their mental health and whether it affects their relationship with their Jobcentre advisor etc. We may also ask them to speak to national and local media.
  • Are you able to provide us with your own expertise on how conditionality and a benefits system involving sanctions impacts on people’s mental health?
  • Do you run a successful back-to-work programme that isn’t based on sanctions?

We know that many of you are extremely busy, so we are grateful for any information or input that can help us with this. Hopefully together we can make a big difference for our service users and beneficiaries on this issue. We will also be looking to secure local media coverage.

Next Steps

If you want to find out more or have a chat to a member of the team about potential case studies you can contact us by emailing [email protected] or by calling 0208 215 2386.

Many thanks in advance for your help.

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