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Social Security Benefits

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 204200, tabled on 7 July 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit claimants from (a) England, (b) London and (c) Bethnal Green and Bow constituency were sanctioned in the last 12 months.

Answered on

10 July 2014

The available information as requested is shown in the table below.

Number of individuals with an adverse benefit sanction applied by geography:

January to December 2013.

England

520,740

London

89,080

Parliamentary Constituency:

Bethnal Green and Bow

2,250

Source (JSA and ESA): DWP Information, Governance and Security Directorate: Sanctions and Disallowance Decisions Statistics Database.

Source (IS): Income Support Computer System

Notes:

1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

2. The number of benefit sanctions applied is the number of claimants with a sanction or disallowance referral where the decision was found against them for those in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Income Support for Lone Parents.

3. New sanctions rules came into force for JSA and ESA from 22 October 2012 and 3 December 2012. The number of JSA sanctions applied for the new regime is the number of low, intermediate, and high level referrals where the decision was found against the claimant. Further information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/jobseekers-allowance-overview-of-sanctions-rules

4. Income Support Lone Parents receive a fixed sanction of 20% of the personal allowance rate of a single claimant (not aged less than 25) for each failure to attend/participate in a Work Focused Interview until 10 pence is left in payment. This sanction lasts until the individual attends and participates in a Work Focused Interview. In the case where there is more than one sanction in place the claimant need only attend/participate in one Work Focused Interview in order for all related sanctions to be removed from their benefit.

5. This information for JSA and ESA sanctions is published at: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/

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