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JSA and ESA sanction rates: explanation of methodology

An explanation of how benefit sanction rates were calculated for the press release 'Benefit sanctions down as more people helped into work'.

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JSA and ESA benefit sanctions rates: explanation of methodology

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The press release Benefit sanctions down as more people helped into work stated “Sanctions are only used as a last resort in a small percentage of cases, with over 94% of JSA claimants and 99% of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants not being sanctioned”.

This publication explains the methodological approach taken to calculate these rates using publicly available data.

Published 17 July 2015