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:
From May 2018, the publication of benefit sanctions statistics will move from Wednesdays to Tuesdays. This means the next release will be published on 15 May 2018, as will the supporting tables and the Stat-Xplore sanctions data. 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
DWP is currently investigating a discrepancy with the medical condition and International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes for:
Incapacity Benefit (IB)
Severe Disablement Allowance (SDA)
Attendance Allowance (AA)
Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
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). Further updates about this issue will be published on this page.
Changes to DWP statistical geographies
Due to increasing demand from users of our statistics, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has 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
These changes have been implemented with the latest release of sanctions statistics released on 21 February 2018.
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.
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.
Added a note about a discrepancy with the medical condition and International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes in some DWP statistical publications.
Added latest benefit sanctions statistics, this has data to October 2017.
Added information about changes to DWP statistical geographies for National and Official statistics releases.
Added 'Benefit sanctions statistics 2017', this has data to June 2017.
Added 'DWP benefits statistical summaries 2017' and 'Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit sanctions: decisions made to March 2017'.
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'.
Added latest JSA and ESA sanctions statistics (data to September 2016).
Added the latest JSA and ESA sanctions statistics (data to June 2016) and a benefit sanctions statistics background information and methodology note.
Added latest JSA and ESA sanctions statistics to March 2016.
Published latest JSA and ESA sanctions statistics to December 2015 and 'Monthly rate of claimants sanctioned: background information and methodology'.
Published latest JSA and ESA sanctions statistics to September 2015.
Published latest JSA and ESA sanctions statistics to June 2015.
Added statistics for decisions made to March 2015.
Added statistics for decisions made to December 2014.
Added statistics for decisions made to Sept 2014.
Published statistics for decisions made to June 2014.
Updated to include historical statistics on ESA sanctions.
Published latest release with statistics to March 2014.
Added note regarding amendments to Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to December 2013.
Published latest release with statistics to December 2013.
Note added to page regarding issue with the June 2013 statistical release.
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.
Latest release added with statistics to September 2013
Update on next release on 19 Febuary through Stat-Xplore with a limited number of excel spreadsheets being published through this page.
Latest sanction statistics added for Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance along with details of changes to the sanction regime.