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Benefit sanctions statistics

Statistics on the number of sanctions imposed on people who receive JSA, ESA, Income Support or Universal Credit.

This quarterly publication provides statistics on Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Income Support and Universal Credit sanctions. If you’re looking for information on how sanctions may affect your claim, read:

Jobcentre Plus offices

Jobcentre Plus office names were changed within Stat-Xplore in November 2018 in order to add a new geography level and to align JSA, ESA and Income Support office names with Universal Credit office names. There are now:

  • 4 areas (new)
  • 11 Groups (previously 7 Groups)
  • 36 Districts (previously 34 Districts)

There have been some mergers and splits across Groups and Districts so care should be taken when comparing previous results at Group and District level.

Post-sanction earnings

From November 2018 statistics were added on the numbers of people who have had some earnings during the 180 day period following their first adverse sanction decision for JSA and Universal Credit.

Universal Credit rate

The methodology for calculating the percentage of individuals who have had a deduction taken as a result of a Universal Credit sanction has been improved. This calculation now shows the percentage as a total of those individuals who can be sanctioned rather than the percentage of the full claimant count.

Universal Credit claims data

The live service Universal Credit sanctions data from January to April 2018 is incomplete. This has had an effect on the data for a limited number of live service claims. The issue has now been resolved, but there is no reliable method for recovering the missing data. This means that the statistics on live service sanctions for this period should be treated with caution.

Further information

Find future sanction statistics publication dates in our statistics release calendar and more information about DWP statistics on the Statistics at DWP page.

Email tracy.hills@dwp.gsi.gov.uk with feedback and queries about the statistics.

Further breakdowns of these statistics are available in Stat-Xplore, an online tool for exploring some of the main DWP statistics.

Latest release

  1. Benefit sanctions statistics to July 2018

Background information and guidance

Previous releases: benefit sanctions statistics

  1. Benefit sanctions statistics to April 2018
  2. Benefit sanctions statistics to January 2018
  3. Benefit sanctions statistics to October 2017
  4. Benefit sanctions statistics to June 2017

Ad hoc releases

Ad hoc releases are statistics not included in our standard publications.

Previous releases: quarterly benefits summary data tables

Sanctions statistics used to be published as part of the quarterly benefits summary. The following summary data tables provide more detailed information on the statistics that were included in each of the quarterly benefits publications.

  1. Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit sanctions: decisions made to March 2017
  2. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to December 2016
  3. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to September 2016
  4. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to June 2016
  5. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to March 2016
  6. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to December 2015
  7. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to September 2015
  8. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to June 2015
  9. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to March 2015
  10. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to December 2014
  11. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to September 2014
  12. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to June 2014
  13. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to March 2014
  14. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to December 2013
  15. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to September 2013
  16. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to June 2013
  17. Employment and Support Allowance: statistics on sanctions, August 2012
  18. Employment and Support Allowance: statistics on sanctions, May 2012
  19. Employment and Support Allowance: statistics on sanctions, February 2012
  20. Employment and Support Allowance: statistics on sanctions,November 2011
  21. Employment and Support Allowance: statistics on sanctions, August 2011
  22. Employment and Support Allowance: statistics on sanctions, May 2011
Published 10 September 2013
Last updated 13 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added latest benefit sanctions statistics, this has data to July 2018.
  2. Added latest benefit sanctions statistics, this has data to April 2018.
  3. Corrected the email address that should be used to send comments and questions about changes to DWP statistical geographies. The correct address is stats-consultation@dwp.gsi.gov.uk.
  4. Added latest benefit sanctions statistics, this has data to January 2018.
  5. Added information that the publication of benefit sanctions statistics will move from Wednesdays to Tuesdays. This means the next release will be published on Tuesday 15 May 2018, as will the supporting data tables and the Stat-Xplore sanctions data.
  6. Added a note about a discrepancy with the medical condition and International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes in some DWP statistical publications.
  7. Added latest benefit sanctions statistics, this has data to October 2017.
  8. Added information about changes to DWP statistical geographies for National and Official statistics releases.
  9. Added 'Benefit sanctions statistics 2017', this has data to June 2017.
  10. Added 'DWP benefits statistical summaries 2017' and 'Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit sanctions: decisions made to March 2017'.
  11. Added the latest JSA and ESA sanctions statistics (data to December 2016). Added information about Income Support and Universal Credit sanctions statistics. Also added links to the following publications: 'Universal Credit sanctions statistics: background information and methodology' and 'Income Support lone parent regime statistics'.
  12. Added latest JSA and ESA sanctions statistics (data to September 2016).
  13. Added the latest JSA and ESA sanctions statistics (data to June 2016) and a benefit sanctions statistics background information and methodology note.
  14. Added latest JSA and ESA sanctions statistics to March 2016.
  15. Published latest JSA and ESA sanctions statistics to December 2015 and 'Monthly rate of claimants sanctioned: background information and methodology'.
  16. Published latest JSA and ESA sanctions statistics to September 2015.
  17. Published latest JSA and ESA sanctions statistics to June 2015.
  18. Added statistics for decisions made to March 2015.
  19. Added statistics for decisions made to December 2014.
  20. Added statistics for decisions made to Sept 2014.
  21. Published statistics for decisions made to June 2014.
  22. Updated to include historical statistics on ESA sanctions.
  23. Published latest release with statistics to March 2014.
  24. Added note regarding amendments to Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to December 2013.
  25. Published latest release with statistics to December 2013.
  26. Note added to page regarding issue with the June 2013 statistical release.
  27. Added a note to the page providing further information about a data issue within the JSA sanction decision data, specifically to do with outcomes from appeals.
  28. Latest release added with statistics to September 2013
  29. Update on next release on 19 Febuary through Stat-Xplore with a limited number of excel spreadsheets being published through this page.
  30. Latest sanction statistics added for Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance along with details of changes to the sanction regime.
  31. Pre-statistical release announcement added.
  32. First published.