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Social Security Benefits

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 220640, tabled on 13 January 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many hardship payments were made to sanctioned jobseeker's allowance claimants in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

21 January 2015

The total number of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) hardship awards made in each month from April 2011 to March 2012 (the latest available published data) is shown in the table below.

Number of hardship awards in each month 2011-12, Great Britain

Month

No. of awards

Apr-2011

5,000

May-2011

6,000

Jun-2011

6,000

Jul-2011

5,000

Aug-2011

5,000

Sep-2011

5,000

Oct-2011

5,000

Nov-2011

6,000

Dec-2011

5,000

Jan-2012

5,000

Feb-2012

6,000

Mar-2012

6,000

2011-12 total

64,000

Notes:

The numbers of JSA Hardship Awards were collated from aggregate DWP MISP Management Information. This data is a combination of system and clerically sourced Management Information. It is not considered 100% reliable and may contain duplicates. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 1,000.

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