Benefit Sanctions in Numbers: A summary
The Department for Work and Pensions has released their most recent quarterly report including amongst other statistics, details about the number of sanctions for Jobseekers Allowance both under the ‘old regime’ and under the ‘new regime’. This article also contains information on ESA sanctions.
Jobseekers Allowance sanctions
To June 2014, there has been 6.26 million decisions to apply Jobseekers Allowance sanctions since April 2000.
[Please Note: DWP love messing with statistics so accuracy cannot be guaranteed from one report to the next and rounding figures is another bizarre practice they undertake]
‘Old Regime’ JSA sanctions
By process of elimination (total sanctions minus ‘New Regime’ numbers up to June 2014) there have been 3,565,990 sanction decisions up to October 2012.
The former regime (referred here to as the ‘old regime‘) is the one introduced under the previous Labour Government – and you guessed it, the ‘new regime‘ was introduced by the current Tory Government (officially a coalition – but its all Conservative policies).
‘New Regime’ JSA sanctions
Since 22nd October 2012, around 2,694,010 sanction decisions were made (Not to be confused with actual amount of applied sanctions). One third of sanction referrals were cancelled. 9% of cancelled referrals (or formally ‘reserved’) are due to jobseekers signing off/no longer claiming JSA. (Potential claim cycling/sanction-dodging perhaps)
Approx 390,409 had the decision reviewed. Just under half (49%), 191,000 sanction cases were revised with no sanction taking effect. This is abnormally high, for Decision Makers under targets not to uphold almost half of all decisions shows the worrying trend of vexatious sanction doubts being raised, both at Jobcentre Plus and at Work Programme providers (etc).
Approx 39,672 of these sanctions went to appeal. (Unsure whether this is an internal process and/or includes appeal tribunals) One in five (20%) won their appeal, where no sanction was applied. This was approx 8000 cases.
34% of sanctions were regarding non-entitlement such as the claimant not ‘actively seeking employment‘.
28% of sanctions were regarding the claimant failing to participate in the Work Programme.
23% of sanctions were regarding the claimant failing to attend an adviser interview. (We understand this to include being late but might be included in the remaining 15% not accounted for)
Number of sanctioned people
DWP gives the figure of 834 thousand people having received a decision to “apply a sanction”.
To June 2014, there has been 113 thousand decisions for ESA sanctions since April 2008.
‘New Regime’ ESA sanctions
Since 3rd December 2012, over 49 thousand decisions to apply a sanction were made.
Approx 41,160 sanctions were in relation to the refusal or failure to participate in ‘work related activity‘ including the Work Programme.
Approx 7,840 sanctions were due to failing to attend a mandatory interview.
Written by Universal Jobmatch
December 17, 2014 at 12:40 pm
Tagged with 22nd October 2012, Actively Seeking Employment, April 2000, Decision Makers, department for work and pensions, DWP, ESA sanctions, failure to attend adviser interview, failure to participate work programme, Jobcentre Plus, jobseekers allowance, jobseekers allowance sanction regime, JSA sanctions, June 2014, new sanction regime, non-entitlement, old sanction regime, sanction decisions, sanctions, vexatious sanction doubts, Work programme, work related activity
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