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Unemployment Benefits

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claiming (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) income support, (c) incapacity benefit and (d) employment and support allowance have been sanctioned, broken down by the number of such sanctions received. (313161)

Data on the number of people claiming income support, incapacity benefit, and employment and support allowance who have been sanctioned are not available. The data that are available for jobseeker's allowance can be found in the following table.

Number of sanctions applied (adverse decision), by number of individuals (thousands) April 2000 to October 2009

Number of individuals1

Varied length


Fixed length


Entitlement decision


1 Individuals and decisions based figures are rounded to the nearest ten and displayed in thousands. Some additional disclosure control has been applied.


1. This information is published at the Department for Work and Pensions website:

2. Data prior to April 2000 are not available.


DWP Information Directorate: JSA Sanctions and Disallowance Decisions Statistics


This amounts to an average of 96,000 sanctions and 112,000 adverse entitlement decisions per year, respectively 10 per cent. and 12 per cent. of the average JSA caseload.