Offenders: Social Security Benefits

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 11th January 2019.

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Photo of Imran Hussain Imran Hussain Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many offenders sentenced in 2018 received a benefits sanction within the previous six months of their sentencing.

Photo of Imran Hussain Imran Hussain Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many offenders received a benefits sanction within six months of the end of their sentence in 2018.

Photo of Imran Hussain Imran Hussain Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many prisoners released in 2018 applied for welfare support (a) within seven days and (b) after seven days of their release.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The information requested is not readily available and to provide it would incur a disproportionate cost.

Whilst Department for Work and Pensions systems do not currently collate data to identify an (ex)offender in a way that allows robust reporting, DWP is committed to gathering better data to support claimants with complex needs and has prioritised this as part of the wider work programme for Universal Credit.

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