ESA and JSA Benefit sanctions statistics, of 6th November 2013

DWP update on Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance Sanctions – Pre-statistical release announcement added.-23 October 2013 11:42 First published.- 10 September 2013 11:55 + Press release
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/jobseekers-allowance-sanctions
Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions – decisions made to June 2013.
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From:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/jobseekers-allowance-and-employment-and-support-allowance-sanctions-decisions-made-to-june-2013

Background: Punishing Poverty?’  Latest report reviewing benefits sanctions and their impact on clients and claimants. Download report via http://www.manchestercab.org/more_info.asp?current_id=111#.Unof1uJe-QJ

Key findings

For Jobseeker’s Allowance:

A total of 12.22 million sanction decisions have been made between April 2000 and June 2013 – of which, 5.51 million were adverse decisions (i.e. a sanction applied).

Under the new sanctions regime, introduced on 22nd October 2012, a total of 1.35 million sanction decisions have been made up to June 2013, of which, 0.58 million were adverse decisions.

53 per cent of adverse decisions under the new sanctions regime were in the ‘Low’ group, 38 per cent in the ‘Intermediate’ group, and 9 per cent in the ‘High’ group.

Under the new sanctions regime, just over one third (36 per cent) of adverse decisions were made because of a failure to actively seek employment, with 30 per cent because of a failure to participate in the Work Programme (and other training schemes), and 20 per cent because of a failure to attend an advisory interview.

A total of 223 thousand individuals had received a low level sanction, 167 thousand individuals had received an intermediate level sanction and 48 thousand individuals received a high level sanction.

Across all sanction levels, over three-quarters of individuals receiving an adverse decision were doing so for the first time under the new sanctions regime.

For Employment and Support Allowance:

A total of 173 thousand sanctions decisions have been made between October

2008 and June 2013, of which, 76 thousand were adverse decisions.

Under the new sanctions regime, introduced on 3rd December 2012, over 45 thousand sanctions decisions have been made up to June 2013, of which, just over 11 thousand were adverse decisions.

71 per cent of adverse decisions were made because of a failure to participate in work related activity (this includes failure to participate in the Work Programme), with the remaining due to a failure to attend a mandatory interview.

Just over 9 thousand individuals received an adverse sanction decision under the new regime, with over 85 per cent receiving their first adverse sanction.

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