• Inquiry launched after league tables revealed
• Leak shows pressure on staff to refer claimants
The government has launched an inquiry after it was forced to admit that jobcentres have been setting targets and league tables to sanction benefit claimants despite assurances to parliament this week that no such targets were being set.
A leaked email shows staff being warned by managers that they will be disciplined unless they increase the number of claimants referred to a tougher benefit regime.
Ruth King, a jobcentre adviser manager, discloses in the email that she has received "the stricter benefit regime" figures...