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Jobseekers Allowance: Disqualification

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) fixed and (b) varied length referrals were made to jobseeker’s allowance claimants in each quarter since 1997; and how many of each type of referral resulted in a benefit sanction being imposed in each quarter. (123581)

[holding answer 26 February 2007]: Jobseeker’s allowance sanctions information is not available prior to April 2000. The available information is in the tables.

Number of referrals made for fixed length sanctions on jobseeker’s allowance; Great Britain

Quarter ending, in which decision was made

Number of referrals

Number of referrals which resulted in a sanction

April-May 2000

11,120

5,650

August 2000

16,610

8,380

November 2000

17,930

8,470

February 2001

17,140

8,330

May 2001

17,890

8,620

August 2001

17,790

8,380

November 2001

17,160

7,790

February 2002

15,250

7,040

May 2002

18,480

8,530

August 2002

18,480

8,630

November 2002

17,550

8,250

February 2003

15,540

7,660

May 2003

16,590

8,250

August 2003

16,890

8,530

November 2003

15,900

7,760

February 2004

14,340

7,010

May 2004

14,470

7,170

August 2004

15,390

7,580

November 2004

15,430

7,530

February 2005

13,840

7,020

May 2005

15,120

7,680

August 2005

14,500

7,520

November 2005

13,590

7,040

February 2006

13,310

6,960

May 2006

15,700

8,340

August 2006

17,020

8,750

Number of referrals made for variable length sanctions on jobseeker’s allowance; Great Britain

Quarter ending, in which decision was made

Number of referrals

Number of referrals which resulted in a sanction

April-May 2000

75,350

18,090

August 2000

124,530

29,070

November 2000

127,780

28,480

February 2001

117,740

28,320

May 2001

117,160

29,140

August 2001

122,310

29,990

November 2001

113,330

28,230

February 2002

102,750

26,230

May 2002

114,480

29,700

August 2002

114,580

30,080

November 2002

121,200

31,290

February 2003

106,920

28,480

May 2003

95,710

26,520

August 2003

88,410

24,500

November 2003

89,840

23,890

February 2004

87,120

23,340

May 2004

84,470

23,200

August 2004

82,340

22,120

November 2004

83,000

21,320

February 2005

74,130

19,690

May 2005

76,000

20,620

August 2005

71,590

19,190

November 2005

68,770

17,950

February 2006

61,630

16,000

May 2006

64,370

16,080

August 2006

59,790

14,730

Note:

Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

Information Directorate: JSA Sanctions and Disallowance Decisions Statistics Database; data are cumulative from April 2000 to current data extract date.