19 August 2017: 3.4 per cent of universal credit claimants had a sanction deduction applied to their claim in December 2016

3.4 per cent of universal credit claimants had a sanction deduction applied to their claim in December 2016

New DWP statistics also show that while the number of JSA sanctions has decreased over the last year, ESA sanctions have increased

3.4 per cent of universal credit claimants had a sanction deduction applied to their claim in December 2016, according to new DWP statistics.

In ‘Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit sanctions: decisions made to March 2017‘, published today, the DWP reports that, of 433,840 people claiming universal credit in December 2016, 14,823 (3.4 per cent) had a sanction deduction applied (table 3.2).

The figures – which provide information on universal credit sanctions for the first time – show (at table 3.1) that between 1 August 2015 and 31 December 2016 a total of 109,301 universal credit sanctions were completed, of which –

  • 53,950 lasted for 4 weeks or less;
  • 44,644 lasted for 5 to 13 weeks;
  • 8,398 lasted for 14 to 26 weeks; and
  • 2,313 lasted for 27 weeks or more.

In relation to jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) sanctions and employment and support allowance (ESA) sanctions (at tables 1.1 and 2.1 respectively), the figures show that in the quarter from 1 January 2017 to 31 March 2017 there were –

  • 21,781 JSA sanctions, compared to 46,866 in the same quarter the previous year; and
  • 3,292 ESA sanctions, compared to 2,726 in the same quarter the previous year.

In relation to reviews and appeals, the ESA statistics also show (at table 2.6) that for the period from 3 December 2012 to 31 March 2017 –

  • there were 66,024 decision reviews, of which 29,909 (45 per cent) resulted in no sanction being applied;
  • there were a total of 2,597 mandatory reconsiderations, of which 1,493 (57 per cent) resulted in the reversal of the sanction decision; and
  • there were 607 appeals, of which 199 (33 per cent) overturned the sanction decision.

For more information see Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit sanctions: decisions made to March 2017 from gov.uk

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