Official Statistics

Employment and Support Allowance: statistics on sanctions, August 2011

Data on the conditionality sanctions applied to claimants who were receiving the benefit up to 31 May 2011.



This statistical release includes data for England, Scotland and Wales.

The headline figures are:

  • there were 7,260 conditionality sanctions applied to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants in the work-related activity group (WRAG) between 1 June 2009 and 31 May 2010
  • there were 11,480 conditionality sanctions applied to ESA claimants in the WRAG between 1 June 2010 and 31 May 2011

Note that figures for 2009/10 are not comparable with future years due to ESA not starting until October 2008 and the benefit caseload building up from October 2008, in addition to policy changes during 2010/11.

Coverage: Great Britain