Sanction Changes under Universal Credit.
Coming our way, this year….
Will conditionality and sanctions change when Universal Credit is introduced?
There will be more conditionality and much tougher sanctions under UC.
In order to receive UC, claimants must sign a ‘Claimant Commitment’. This will set out what the claimant will be expected to do as a condition for receiving UC.
This will include work-focused requirements where appropriate. Failure to comply with a ‘Claimant Commitment’ could result in a reduction in the amount of UC the claimant receives.
The sanction amount will be up to 100 per cent of the ‘standard allowance’.
Claimants will not be able to receive more than one sanction within a two week period. For example, UC claimants on the equivalent of JSA, will face the following sanctions:
Offence Sanction Refusing a job offer 100 per cent reduction in standard allowance of UC for three months
Refusing second job offer within a year of the first offence 100 per cent reduction in standard allowance of UC for six months.
You won’t escape the clutches of dim but nasty Iain Duncan Smith even if you get a (low paid) job.
Will claimants who are in work still be subject to conditionality and sanctions?
UC claimants earning under the ‘conditionality earnings threshold’ (usually the equivalent of 35 hours at National Minimum Wage – currently £210 per week for a single person or £420 per week for a couple) will continue to be subject to conditionality requirements and any resulting sanctions once they enter work.
Sanctions received before moving into work will continue whilst the claimant is working. However, sanctions will be cancelled if the claimant works for six consecutive months or more above the conditionality earnings threshold.
Refusing third job offer within a year of the second offence 100 per cent reduction in standard allowance of UC for three years.
Unlike at present, sanctions will not run concurrently. This means that if a claimant receives the first two sanctions in the table above within say three weeks, they will effectively be sanctioned for nine months.
More Advice Guide CAB
Hat-Tip on sanctions changes to Annos – Refuted.