2014 November

The relentless rise of JSA benefit sanctions

  Sanction referrals 2003 – 2013. Data compiled from DWP Stat-Xplore website   There has been a dramatic rise in the number of sanctions against unemployed people over the past decade. The figures, from data compiled from the DWP’s (Department of Work and Pensions) Stat-Xplore website show over 900,000 sanctions were issued in 2013, more than double the number applied in 2009 and almost four times […]

What are benefit sanctions? Explainer

In October 2012 the government made the rules stricter for people out of work and claiming benefits. Since the new rules came into effect more people than ever before have been sanctioned. What does it mean if someone is ‘sanctioned’? Being sanctioned means your money is stopped. People out of work and looking for a job […]