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Benefit cut because of ‘critical remarks’

20 January 2008 - In 2005, long-time social assistance recipient Jacques Peeters was punished because he was allegedly being recalcitrant and not really trying to find a job. Last Friday, he went to court to have that decision overturned. Forty supporters accompanied him.

Peeters, a client of the welfare agency (DWI) since 1983, saw his benefit suspended for one month (later this was changed into a 200 euro benefit cut for unclear reasons). As a result, he also lost out on additional income support.

The sanction was based on a report from Sagenn, the company that was supposed to help him find work. Peeters would have ruined the atmosphere at a job seeking course, for example by refusing to choose the ‘profession of his dreams’. In order to get a grip on him, Sagenn sent him to a forced work programme.

Peeters countered that he had never been cynical or recalcitrant, but had only made critical remarks. He acknowledged having said that it was nonsense to select the ‘profession of his dreams’, but this was a realistic observation, since social assistance recipients are legally required to accept any job they can get.

More in general, he saw little use in applying for jobs. The DWI itself had said that he had little chance of finding a job, given his age, education and motivation. In fact, the agency had been giving him conflicting messages, his lawyer Marc van Hoof argued: “They are saying: you can’t find work, but you must”.

Van Hoof further suggested that Sagenn had let things slide. When the DWI called the company to account, it would have put the blame on Peeters. The DWI acknowledged that communication with Sagenn had been unsatisfactory.

Peeters now has a subsidised job working for the Bijstandsbond, an organisation of social assistance recipients.

The court will decide within six weeks


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