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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:

Find future sanction statistics publication dates in our statistics release calendar and more information about Department for Work and Pensions (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 2017

    • Official Statistics

Ad hoc releases

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

Background information and guidance

Previous releases

Sanctions statistics used to be published as part of the quarterly benefits summary. From November 2017, sanctions statistics are published in the benefit sanctions statistics. The following summary data tables provide more detailed information on the statistics 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 15 November 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Benefit sanctions statistics 2017', this has data to June 2017.
  2. Added 'DWP benefits statistical summaries 2017' and 'Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit sanctions: decisions made to March 2017'.
  3. 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'.
  4. Added latest JSA and ESA sanctions statistics (data to September 2016).
  5. Added the latest JSA and ESA sanctions statistics (data to June 2016) and a benefit sanctions statistics background information and methodology note.
  6. Added latest JSA and ESA sanctions statistics to March 2016.
  7. Published latest JSA and ESA sanctions statistics to December 2015 and 'Monthly rate of claimants sanctioned: background information and methodology'.
  8. Published latest JSA and ESA sanctions statistics to September 2015.
  9. Published latest JSA and ESA sanctions statistics to June 2015.
  10. Added statistics for decisions made to March 2015.
  11. Added statistics for decisions made to December 2014.
  12. Added statistics for decisions made to Sept 2014.
  13. Published statistics for decisions made to June 2014.
  14. Updated to include historical statistics on ESA sanctions.
  15. Published latest release with statistics to March 2014.
  16. Added note regarding amendments to Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to December 2013.
  17. Published latest release with statistics to December 2013.
  18. Note added to page regarding issue with the June 2013 statistical release.
  19. 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.
  20. Latest release added with statistics to September 2013
  21. Update on next release on 19 Febuary through Stat-Xplore with a limited number of excel spreadsheets being published through this page.
  22. Latest sanction statistics added for Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance along with details of changes to the sanction regime.
  23. Pre-statistical release announcement added.
  24. First published.