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11% rise in benefits suspensions

The number of benefit payments suspended since a tougher regime was introduced last year has risen by 11%, the Department for Work and Pensions said.

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Govt: Benefits penalty if people fail to play by rules

This Government has always been clear that, in return for claiming unemployment benefits, jobseekers have a responsibility to do everything they can to get back into work. We are ending the something-for-nothing culture.

People who are in a job know that if they don't play by the rules or fail to turn up in the morning, there might be consequences, so it's only right that people on benefits should have similar responsibilities.

We always make the rules very clear - it's only right that there is a penalty if people fail to play by them.

– Employment Minister Esther McVey

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