Jonathan Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on Government plans to bring back social security conditionality and sanctions, said “It is incomprehensible that the Government is bringing back conditionality and sanctions. At a time when unemployment has risen sharply, vacancies have dropped, people are still shielding and the schools aren’t back, threatening to reduce people’s financial support is untenable.
“What’s more, Job Centre Plus is still lacking guidance on how premises might even open safely. With the unemployment crisis looming, it is alarming that there is no thought being given on how to offer proper support to those seeking work at this time. We need a proper plan from the Government to get Britain back to work – sanctions aren’t the answer.”