Jobseeker's Allowance: Scotland

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 22nd January 2015.

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Photo of Eilidh Whiteford Eilidh Whiteford Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Women), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Agriculture and Fisheries)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of jobseeker's allowance in Scotland have (a) received a sanction and (b) disputed a sanction in each month of (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15 by month; and how many such claimants had a sanction overturned as a result of it being reconsidered or appealed.

Photo of Eilidh Whiteford Eilidh Whiteford Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Women), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Agriculture and Fisheries)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of Employment and Support Allowance in Scotland have (a) received a sanction and (b) disputed a sanction in each month of (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15 by month; and how many such claimants had a sanction overturned as a result of it being reconsidered or appealed.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

The Department publishes Official Statistics on Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) sanction decisions and information on these statistics can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/jobseekers-allowance-sanctions

The latest set of Official Statistics was released on 12 November 2014 and covers all decisions made to 30 June 2014. A summary of this data can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/jobseekers-allowance-and-employment-and-support-allowance-sanctions-decisions-made-to-june-2014

These statistics contain a wide set of geographical areas, sanction reason, sanctions appeals and outcomes and if required this information can be extracted using Stat-Xplore via the following link:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/

Guidance on how to extract the information required from Stat-Xplore can be found at:

https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Stat-Xplore_User_Guide.htm

Please note that these official statistics do not contain data on mandatory reconsiderations, which must occur before a claimant can appeal to Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service (HMCTS). Mandatory reconsiderations were introduced in October 2013.

Mandatory reconsiderations are recorded on a separate administrative system and work is underway to incorporate data from this system into these official statistics.

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