Social Security Benefits: York

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 25th April 2017.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have received benefit sanctions on in York in each of the last five years.

Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many days of benefit sanctions have people in York received in each of the last five years.

Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The information requested on the number of days of benefit sanctions is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

Information on Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanction decisions, by geography, is available here:

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

Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:

https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html

Information on Universal Credit sanctions is not currently available. The Department published its strategy for releasing official statistics on benefit sanctions, including Universal Credit (UC) in April 2016. As outlined in the strategy, officials are currently developing the data for UC sanctions and will only release information once the necessary quality assurance work has taken place. These statistics will be published in accordance with the relevant protocols in the Code of Practice for official statistics.

Universal Credit official statistics and the Departments release strategy can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/universal-credit-statistics

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