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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:

Changes to publication dates

From May 2018, the publication of benefit sanctions statistics moved from Wednesdays to Tuesdays. This is to align with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) claimant count publication dates. Further information can be found on the changes to ONS release timetable.

Medical condition and ICD codes

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is currently investigating a discrepancy with the medical condition and International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes. We’ve removed this breakdown from Stat-Xplore, while the scale of this issue is assessed.

Please use caution when viewing this breakdown in other publications (such as NOMIS and supplementary data tables). We’ll publish further updates about this issue on this page.

Changes to DWP statistical geographies

Due to increasing demand from users of our statistics, on 21 February 2018 DWP made improvements to the published geography information in its National and Official statistics releases. This includes data released via Stat-Xplore.

The changes involved:

  • replacing all 2001 Census Output Area (COA) based geography information with more up to date geographies based on 2011 COAs
  • replacing the historic time series geographies so that they are based on 2011 COAs
  • assigning geographies using an improved methodology, which involves using more reliable data to source address information

Read the DWP statistical geographies note for more information about the changes.

Email stats-consultation@dwp.gsi.gov.uk if you have any comments or questions about this.

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 January 2018

    • Official Statistics

Ad hoc releases

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

Background information and guidance

Previous releases: benefit sanctions statistics

  1. Benefit sanctions statistics to October 2017

    • Official Statistics
  2. Benefit sanctions statistics to June 2017

    • Official Statistics

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

    • Official Statistics
  2. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to December 2016

    • Official Statistics
  3. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to September 2016

    • Official Statistics
  4. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to June 2016

    • Official Statistics
  5. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to March 2016

    • Official Statistics
  6. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to December 2015

    • Official Statistics
  7. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to September 2015

    • Official Statistics
  8. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to June 2015

    • Official Statistics
  9. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to March 2015

    • Official Statistics
  10. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to December 2014

    • Official Statistics
  11. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to September 2014

    • Official Statistics
  12. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to June 2014

    • Official Statistics
  13. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to March 2014

    • Official Statistics
  14. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to December 2013

    • Official Statistics
  15. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to September 2013

    • Official Statistics
  16. Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to June 2013

    • Official Statistics
  17. Employment and Support Allowance: statistics on sanctions, August 2012

    • Official Statistics
  18. Employment and Support Allowance: statistics on sanctions, May 2012

    • Official Statistics
  19. Employment and Support Allowance: statistics on sanctions, February 2012

    • Official Statistics
  20. Employment and Support Allowance: statistics on sanctions,November 2011

    • Official Statistics
  21. Employment and Support Allowance: statistics on sanctions, August 2011

    • Official Statistics
  22. Employment and Support Allowance: statistics on sanctions, May 2011

    • Official Statistics
Published 10 September 2013
Last updated 25 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. 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.
  2. Added latest benefit sanctions statistics, this has data to January 2018.
  3. 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.
  4. Added a note about a discrepancy with the medical condition and International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes in some DWP statistical publications.
  5. Added latest benefit sanctions statistics, this has data to October 2017.
  6. Added information about changes to DWP statistical geographies for National and Official statistics releases.
  7. Added 'Benefit sanctions statistics 2017', this has data to June 2017.
  8. Added 'DWP benefits statistical summaries 2017' and 'Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit sanctions: decisions made to March 2017'.
  9. 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'.
  10. Added latest JSA and ESA sanctions statistics (data to September 2016).
  11. Added the latest JSA and ESA sanctions statistics (data to June 2016) and a benefit sanctions statistics background information and methodology note.
  12. Added latest JSA and ESA sanctions statistics to March 2016.
  13. Published latest JSA and ESA sanctions statistics to December 2015 and 'Monthly rate of claimants sanctioned: background information and methodology'.
  14. Published latest JSA and ESA sanctions statistics to September 2015.
  15. Published latest JSA and ESA sanctions statistics to June 2015.
  16. Added statistics for decisions made to March 2015.
  17. Added statistics for decisions made to December 2014.
  18. Added statistics for decisions made to Sept 2014.
  19. Published statistics for decisions made to June 2014.
  20. Updated to include historical statistics on ESA sanctions.
  21. Published latest release with statistics to March 2014.
  22. Added note regarding amendments to Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to December 2013.
  23. Published latest release with statistics to December 2013.
  24. Note added to page regarding issue with the June 2013 statistical release.
  25. 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.
  26. Latest release added with statistics to September 2013
  27. Update on next release on 19 Febuary through Stat-Xplore with a limited number of excel spreadsheets being published through this page.
  28. Latest sanction statistics added for Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance along with details of changes to the sanction regime.
  29. Pre-statistical release announcement added.
  30. First published.