The Curse Of Sanctions
Are sanctions targeting the vulnerable?
The one course of action taken by the government to stop people who do not want to go back into work and would rather live off benefits for the rest of their lives is to reduce or fully stop their unemployment payments.
A good idea and one that is simple enough when it comes to dealing with people who, in many cases, have never done a day’s work in their lives.
The mentality of ‘why work when you can get a regular handout’ is of course a problem and also very unfair on those who work hard for their money. Sadly however how can you truly tell which are genuine cases and which are what is termed ‘dole scroungers’? More important than that is which one’s have genuine problems and barriers to overcome in getting back into work compared to those who play the system?
Not everyone is trying to play the system, and for those who think it is fun being out of work and having no money to even feed themselves let alone pay the rent and other bills every week, are truly ignorant of what it is truly like.
For some having a family that can help them out moneywise or for those who live at home with their parents then such problems are not so bad and in the case of those with children, then that of course, helps in a very small way as their own single benefit payment is added to due to having ‘dependents’ to support. Even those unfortunate enough to have medical problems may get extra financial help as a result, but what about someone who lives on their own?
Being sanctioned, regardless of the reason, is bad enough even if some can turn to others for help but for those who live on their own and have no remaining family to turn to, (a situation that is often the case for jobseekers in the 60 plus age range), then what do they do?
How can taking away money help people get a job if they do not even have the money to pay for a bus ticket to attend a job interview?
How does taking away money from people in desperate need help them to get back into work? Bottom line – it does not.
In fact all it will do is make their life so bad it could, and often does, lead to physical and mental health issues and as we have seen already in various news reports over recent years – death.
People say you can get help in other ways such as going to a food bank but do they realise that such a service only covers food for maybe three days and that such a service is very limited to just one handout a month, or even longer?
The government will spend billions on nuclear weapons and will spend thousands on hotels and meals ‘on expenses’ but will put the poor and vulnerable at risk of being homeless, mentally ill with worry, starvation and even death just to save a small amount of money and cut down on the unemployment figures.
The really sad part of all this however is that although there are thousands of people protesting against the ‘sanction regime’ it still goes on.
Are sanctions targeting the vulnerable? – Yes they are!