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Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 9th February 2018.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information her Department holds on the number of claimants of (a) jobseekers allowance and (b) universal credit have been sanctioned as a result of a failure to attend mandated English lessons.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The information requested is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

The available information on Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) and Universal Credit (UC) sanction decisions by referral reason, is published every quarter and can be found at:

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

For JSA, failure to attend English lessons would be included in the general referral reason ‘Other Employment Programmes’ under the sub-category reason of ‘Failure to attend a place on a training scheme or employment programme without good reason’. For UC, failure to attend English lessons would come under the general referral reason ‘Employment Programmes’ under the sub-category reason of ‘Failure to participate in an employment programme’.

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