Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 14 March 2023.

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Photo of Lord Field of Birkenhead Lord Field of Birkenhead Crossbench

To ask His Majesty's Government how many and what proportion of benefit claimants currently under sanction (1) are in paid employment, (2) are receiving hardship payments, (3) have a medical condition, or (4) were in hospital or attending a medical appointment when they were deemed to have failed to comply.

Photo of Viscount Younger of Leckie Viscount Younger of Leckie The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The information requested for parts (2), (3) and (4) is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

In November 2022 (4%) of those who received a sanction were in the working – with requirements and working – no requirements conditionality regimes.

Sanctions are only ever applied when a claimant fails to meet their agreed conditionality requirements without good reason. These requirements are developed and agreed in discussion with their work coach and tailored to their individual capability, capacity and specific circumstances, including any health conditions or disability, ensuring they are realistic and achievable.

Those who are not expected to look for work, such as those with severe health conditions, including mental health conditions, are not subject to requirements or sanctions.

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