House of Lords written question – answered on 4th March 2014.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many benefit claimants have been sanctioned since June 2013; how many dependants those claimants had; and, if total figures are not yet available, when they will be published.

Photo of Lord Freud Lord Freud The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Figures on the number of Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance benefit claimants who have been sanctioned up to September 2013 which is the latest data available, are published and can be found at:

Guidance for users is available at:

The information requested in relation to Income Support Lone Parents (ISLP) shows that there have been 15,040 ISLP sanctions between June 2013 and September 2013.


Income Support Computer System


1) Income Support Lone Parents receive a fixed sanction of 20% of the personal allowance rate of a single claimant [not aged less than 25] for each failure to attend/participate in a Work Focused Interview until 10 pence is left in payment. This sanction lasts until the individual attends and participates in a Work Focused Interview. In the case where there is more than one sanction in place the claimant need only attend/participate in one Work Focused Interview in order for all related sanctions to be removed from their benefit. .

2) Sanctions are only available up to September 2013 for Income Support Lone Parents

3) Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

Information on the number of dependants these claimants had is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

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