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:
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.
Medical condition and ICD codes
The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes for ESA sanctions are being published again, for data from December 2012 onwards. These are sometimes called medical condition codes in DWP statistics. This data will be published as part of the sanctions statistics release on 14 August 2018.
Some of the ICD codes have been re-categorised and will be shown in a different group.
This information was previously removed from the statistics due to an issue with the methodology. This was caused by the methodology used to map the administrative medical codes to ICD classification codes. Some of the mappings were out of date and did not take account of new ICD groups.
Approximately 7% of the DWP medical codes used in the sanctions statistical processing were incorrectly mapped to the wrong statistical medical condition groups for ESA sanctions.
If revised mappings were applied to data as at November 2017 then 98% of high level medical conditions would stay the same, and 2% of the medical conditions would change.
The largest effect would be for the following 4 high level groups:
injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes – decrease of 1,300 (6%)
diseases of the nervous system – increase of 1,200 (8%)
external causes of morbidity and mortality – increase of 1,100 (new group)
factors influencing health status and contact with health services – increase of 900 (8%)
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
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 latest benefit sanctions statistics, this has data to April 2018.
Corrected the email address that should be used to send comments and questions about changes to DWP statistical geographies. The correct address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Added latest benefit sanctions statistics, this has data to January 2018.
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.