Official Statistics

Employment and Support Allowance: statistics on sanctions, February 2012

Data on the conditionality sanctions applied to claimants who were receiving the benefit up to 30 November 2011.


Statistical publication

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

The headline figures are:

  • there were 11,790 conditionality sanctions applied to ESA claimants in the work-related activity group (WRAG) between 1 December 2009 and 30 November 2010
  • there were 10,130 conditionality sanctions applied to ESA claimants in the WRAG between 1 December 2010 and 30 November 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

Published 14 February 2012