Ex-soldier Darren Veal loses Universal Credit after failing to make JobCentre meeting because he had found temporary employment

Benefit tales

A former soldier claims he has been “punished for getting a job” after having his benefits sanctioned for missing an appointment.

Darren Veal, 33, has had £83.20 deducted from his Universal Credit after he had to miss a meeting at the JobCentre in August because he had found temporary employment as a wagon loader.

Mr Veal insists he called the JobCentre in advance to inform them, a claim that centre staff later acknowledged, but the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has sanctioned him nonetheless.

Mr Veal, who is originally from Hornsea, came out of the armed forces in 2006 and is currently living at the Hull Veterans Support Centre in Beverley Road.

Since moving to Hull last year he has been between short-term jobs and is now working as a delivery driver for Gift Aid, although he is still in receipt of in-work benefits to support his income.


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