Posted 5 March 2019
Published on 9 April 2017
The government maintains benefit sanctions are only used as a last resort for a very small minority of claimants. This briefing illustrates how the DWP understates Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) sanction rates, how the risk of JSA sanctions has increased in recent years and how single parents continue to be disproportionately at risk of unfair sanctions.
Gingerbread is particularly concerned about benefit sanction decision-making in jobcentres, particularly government reforms under universal credit which will expand ‘conditionality’– meaning many more single parents will be at risk of unfair benefit sanctions.