Department for Work and Pensions instructs local job centre to be ‘as flexible as possible’ with those affected by fire

Normal job centre rules – including financial sanctions routinely issued to claimants who miss appointments – have been suspended indefinitely for former Grenfell Tower tenants and other local residents who claim unemployment benefits, it has emerged.

The decision by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) emerged after representatives of local residents who approached local Job Centre Plus officials in North Kensington on behalf of residents were apparently told that no guarantees could be given that claimants caught up in the fire and its aftermath would not be penalised if they were unable to sign on.

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