Documents to download

Sanctions are more prevalent under UC than JSA. In December 2017 around 0.3% of JSA claimants were currently experiencing a sanction compared to 8.2% of UC claimants required to search for work (though note this rate fell to 5.3% in May 2018; equivalent data is not yet available for JSA).

DWP argues this higher rate of sanctioning is because when claimants miss an advisor interview under UC they are sanctioned, whereas under JSA their benefit is simply stopped.

To test this statement we can analyse UC live service sanctions by reason. Between November 2017 and April 2018 around 87% of UC live service claimants sanctioned were so due to failing an interview requirement. In comparison, under JSA 28% of sanctions were due to failing to attend or participate in an advisor interview.

If we ignore sanctions under JSA and UC due to failing to comply with an interview, sanction rates under the two benefits look much more similar.

It’s worth noting, however, that this requires us to ignore the vast majority of UC sanctions. We cannot say whether these trends are true of the UC full services also, for which sanction decisions data is not available. Neither do we know what the impact of this higher rate of sanctioning is on claimants or their ability to find employment.

Documents to download

Related posts