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Extended benefit sanctions push up numbers seeking advice on paying bills

Citizens Advice Bureau reports 60% spike in people wanting help since period JSA is withheld increased to four weeks

16 April 2014
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There has been a 60% spike in the number of people seeking advice about paying bills as a result of increases in the length of benefit sanctions, according to the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB).

It came as the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) published a new survey showing that women make up four in five people losing money from the £500-a-week benefit cap. Almost all have dependent children and 83% have three or more.

A year after the limits were introduced, Ipsos Mori research found a third of people affected have been forced to cut back on essential items. Around 25% have looked for a job after being hit by the cap, while 45% plan to do so in future. The survey looked at 1,000 people out of more than 38,600 households that have been caught by the new rules.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/apr/14/extended-benefit-sanctions-jsa-citizens-advice-bills

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