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Benefit sanctions statistics: background information and methodology

Information about sanctions statistics and methodology including the purpose, source, definitions and limitations of the statistics covered.

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Benefit sanctions statistics: background information and methodology

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The benefit sanctions statistics provide information on the following benefits:

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Universal Credit
Published 16 November 2016
Last updated 21 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. Published a revised version of 'Benefit sanctions statistics: background information and methodology'. The new version is dated February 2018 and has been updated to support the latest release of sanctions statistics.
  2. Published a revised version of 'Benefit sanctions statistics: background information and methodology'. The new version is dated November 2017 and has been updated to support the latest release of sanctions statistics.
  3. Published revised 'Benefit sanctions statistics: background information and methodology'. The new version is dated August 2017 and includes information on durations and the latest sanction rate graphs for JSA and ESA. Also states medical conditions for ESA claimants with a sanction decision are available on Stat-Xplore.
  4. Published a revised version of 'Benefit sanctions statistics: background information and methodology'. The new version is dated May 2017 and includes information on Income Support statistics.
  5. Published a revised version of the background information and methodology PDF - new version is dated February 2017.
  6. First published.