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New Figures Reveal Over 70,000 ESA Claimants Sanctioned Since 2012

November 12, 2015

New figures published today by the DWP show that over 70,000 ESA claimants have been sanctioned since the system was introduced in December 2012.

However, the figures also show that over one third of sanction decisions (over 23,000) were successfully challenged.

From December 2012 to June 2015 the total number of sanction decisions was 70,452 with –

  • 11,238 applied for failure to attend a mandatory interview; and
  • 59,219 applied for failure to participate in work related activity.

Of these –

  • 49,269 decisions were reviewed with 21,831 decisions withdrawn;
  • 2,109 decisions were reconsidered with 1,288 decisions overturned; and
  • 568 decisions were appealed with 185 appeals being successful.

The new DWP figures include similar breakdowns of jobseeker’s allowance sanction decisions.

The new DWP official figures are available @

Disability Rights UK’s submission to the Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry into benefits sanctions policy is available @

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2015 12:18 am

    Just let the DWP try and sanction me! I am ready for them if they say you were sent a letter they will get a return email requesting a clearly watermarked, copy or duplicate, of the letter, Proof of postage and proof of receipt. What will not be accepted is we posted it on DATE A and you should have received it on, or about DATE B. as there is no proof of either postage or receipt.
    If they claim to have phoned me then again I will ask for the phone number they rang, because all they have are out of date numbers, my land-line doesn’t have a phone connected so they could phone that and never get an answer if I wanted to piss them off.
    If they tried to claim they handed me a letter on a JC+ visit I would ask for a photo and video evidence of the open letter been handed to me with me giving a description of what I was wearing on the day they say I was handed it, but as I am in WRAG and haven’t been near the JC+ for nearly 33 months it will land them in the county court.

  2. November 12, 2015 5:38 am

    Reblogged this on lawrencerowntree.

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