Crisis report on sanctions and homelessness

No Sanctions11-21356

Sanctions: trends and numbers

In the past 13 years 6.8m sanctions have
been applied to Job Seekers Allowance
(JSA) claimants and, since the introduction of
Employment Support Allowance (ESA) in 2008,
115,300 sanctions have been applied to ESA
claimants. However, the sanctions rate has
increased dramatically over the past five
years and, in particular, since the introduction
of the new regime in 2012. For example:

  • The number of JSA sanctions per 100
    claimants has almost tripled, from 2.5
    sanctions per 100 claimants per month
    in the year ending March 2001 to seven
    per 100 claimants per month in the year
    ending March 2014
  • The average monthly number of JSA
    sanctions has risen dramatically from
    35,500 a month up to October 2012 to
    84,800 after this date
  • There has been more than a three-fold
    increase in ESA sanctions from 1,400 per
    month in March 2013 to 5,400 in March
    2014

The most common reason for a sanction at
present is failing to actively seek work, with
around one in three sanctions imposed for
this reason. Over half of all JSA sanctions
are at the lower level, one third at the
intermediate level and currently less than 10
per cent at the higher level.

Further information can be found on the following link.

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