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UC sanctions under the spotlight

The Department for Work and Pensions have published the latest quarterly benefits sanction statistics to April 2018 highlighting the alarming level of sanctions imposed on claimants compared to other benefit systems with over 63% of all claimants facing some sanction.

2.8% of universal credit (UC) claimants have been subject to a sanction compared to 0.3% of people on jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) and 0.1% cent of people on employment and support allowance (ESA), according to new DWP statistics. The DWP figures show that from May 2017 to April 2018, 359,000 UC claimants were referred for a sanction decision of which 71% related to attending or participating in work-focused interviews. This compares to just 14.7% per cent for JSA claimants and 6.6% for ESA) claimants. The latest statistics also show that 5% of UC sanctions lasted 27 weeks and over in comparison to just 1% of JSA sanctions and 9% of ESA sanctions.

Read DWP - Benefit sanctions statistics to April 2018