Benefits sanctions will be reintroduce from today, meaning that financial penalties will be applied to claimants who break conditionality agreements, such as failing to attend jobcentre interviews, or spending enough time looking for jobs. These will take the form of penalties deducted from subsequent payments.

The DWP has said that this is being reinstated as Jobcentres are now reopening, but conditionality arrangements will be sensitive to the local job markets, and personal circumstances. See a Guardian article on the issue here.

It is especially important to be aware of these changes if you are working with new claimants, who may not have been aware of the system.

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