New evidence has emerged to show that the DWP has enacted yet another savage move. A job centre in East Sussex refused to give people foodbank referrals. If replicated in other areas, the implications of this are devastating for some of the most vulnerable people in the UK.
On 5 February, Lewes Eye reported that the DWP “banned local job centre staff from referring people to foodbanks for emergency food supplies” in Lewis, East Sussex. It printed a leaked email from Lewis job centre that stated:
We have been advised that DWP policy does not permit Jobcentres to refer customers to food banks by issuing vouchers or referral forms.
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