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Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions: independent review: government response

The government’s response to Matthew Oakley's independent review of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) sanctions.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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This publication sets out the government’s response to Matthew Oakley’s independent review of Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions, published on 22 July 2014.

In September 2013, DWP appointed Matthew Oakley, a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee, to look at:

  • the clarity of information given to Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants who have had their benefits reduced for failing to take part in mandatory back to work schemes
  • what could be done to make the process clearer

The government has accepted all of Matthew’s recommendations.

DWP published an update on improvements to communications following the review, on 18 December 2014.

Published 22 July 2014
Last updated 18 December 2014 + show all updates
  1. Link added to the update on DWP improvements to communications following the independent review of JSA sanctions.
  2. Published Welsh version of the government response.
  3. First published.