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Social Security Benefits

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been disqualified from benefits for 13 weeks under the two strikes policy in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (262825)

The information available is in the table:

Number of cases where sanction applies

Number of cases where sanction applied to subsequent benefit entitlement

Number of cases where sanction in abeyance—benefit not in payment

2003-04

72

58

14

2004-05

79

48

31

2005-06

121

74

47

2006-07

104

46

58

2007-08

69

30

39