DWP Minister, Priti Patel, refused to examine the devastating impact of benefit sanctions on people with mental health conditions.

he increased use and rising severity of benefit sanctions became an integrated part of welfare “conditionality” in 2012.

Based on the behavioural theory called “loss aversion,” which is borrowed from economics and decision theory, loss aversion refers to people’s tendency to strongly prefer avoiding losses than acquiring ‘gains’.

The idea, therefore is to use sanctions to “nudge”people towards “changing their behaviours,” since the underpinning assumption is that people are unemployed because of personal deficits and making “wrong decisions,” rather than because of socioeconomic conditions and political policy decisions.

full article at Welfare Weekly

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