Dear all,


See today’s letter in The Telegraph, signed by, amongst others, The Revd John Proctor, and the Revd David Grosch-Miller. (Keep scrolling down; this link is just to the letters page!)




Gill Nichol
Head of communications
 | The United Reformed Church 
86 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RT

020 7691 9865 |07769 201978





Benefit sanctions 


SIR – It is astonishing that the Department for Work and Pensions fabricated testimonies to give the false impression that claimants, including disabled people, believe the sanctions system to be helpful and fair. It is also deeply disappointing that the DWP has chosen to defend its use of false stories as “illustrative”. 

When claimants are allowed to speak for themselves, the stories we have heard are very different. The system has been described as “unjust”, “brutal” and encouraging “a culture of contempt” towards sick and disabled claimants. 

We are among a broad range of faith groups, charities and professionals calling for a full review of the sanctions system, to examine real evidence from real people. 

The Most Rev Barry Morgan
Archbishop of Wales
The Rev Steve Wild
President, Methodist Conference
Dr Jill Barber
Vice-President, Methodist Conference
Paul Farmer
Chief Executive, Mind
The Rev Lynne Green
General Secretary, Baptist Union of Great Britain
Niall Cooper
Director, Church Action on Poverty
The Rev John Proctor
General Secretary, United Reformed Church
The Rev David Grosch-Miller
Moderator, United Reformed Church General Assembly ®
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