The Department for Work and Pensions has admitted making up comments from supposed “benefit claimants” that appeared in a leaflet about sanctions.
The leaflet, which has now been withdrawn, included positive example stories from people who claimed to have interacted with the sanctions system.
In one example titled ‘Sarah’s story’ a jobseeker is quoted as being ‘really pleased’ that a cut to her benefits supposedly encouraged her to re-draft her CV.
‘It’s going to help me when I’m ready to go back to work’ the fabricated quote reads.
Another by a benefit claimant supposedly called ‘Zac’ details the sanctions system working well.
But in response to a freedom of information request by the Welfare Weekly website the DWP said the quotes were not actually real cases and that the photos were not of real claimants.