Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 11th March 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, what the (a) average loss of income from non-receipt of benefits and (b) average period of time on sanctions was for claimants of employment and support allowance who had their benefit sanctioned in each region and constituent part of the UK in each six month period between 1 November 2012 and 30 September 2014.

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, what the (a) average loss of income from non-receipt of benefits and (b) average period of time on sanctions was for claims of jobseeker's allowance who had their benefit sanctioned in each region and constituent part of the UK in each six month period between 1 November 2012 and 30 September 2014.

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

For part (a) I refer my hon. Member to the answer I gave on the 2 March 2015 to Question UIN 225001

As the Department doesn’t make an estimate of the amount of benefit that would have been withheld as a result of benefit sanctions we therefore cannot estimate an average loss of income from non-receipt of benefits.

The information requested for part (b) is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

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