An extraordinary story popped up in the news feeds this morning - extraordinary because it's in the Express. Headlined "Food Bank Britain: Thousands need charity handouts because of welfare system failings", it talks about "scores of cases" which their investigation has "uncovered" of "administration errors and punitive sanctions". It goes on to list cases of ludicrous sanctions and a few admin errors, and it ends with the verdict of the director of Oxfam's UK poverty programme. They haven't bothered to ask the DWP for a response, just quoting Esther McVey's platitude that sanctions are only used against people who were "wilfully rejecting support for no good reason" and going on to prove her wrong. The comments facility isn't available under the article. Why?
What has brought about this startling conversion by the Express? Perhaps it's just opportunism. They've realised that there's a story here. But I bet we see an article about the workshy before long.