Benefit Sanctions

When claiming a benefit there are certain rules that need to be followed. A sanction can be applied if someone fails to comply with these benefit rules. This can be a loss or reduction in benefit.

Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)

The leaflet below explains what a sanction is and how to avoid a sanction. The leaflet is being distributed to all JSA claimants at their signing date.

Employment Support Allowance (ESA)

ESA claimants who have been placed in the ESA Work-Related Activity Group (WRAG) may be required to attend a work-focused interview (WFI) or participate in work-related activity (WRA). All requirements will take account of the claimant’s health and cannot include requirements to apply for a job, undertake work or undergo medical treatment.

If an ESA claimant fails to attend a WFI or participate in WRA without good cause they will receive an open ended sanction. This reduction may continue for up to four weeks after the claimant re-engages and fulfils benefit conditions. For further information on ESA sanctions please see Benefit Sanctions on nidirect.

Universal Credit

There are 4 levels of sanction in Universal Credit; lowest, low, medium or higher level.

Income Support

Most Income Support (IS) claimants are required to take part in Work-focused Interviews (WFI) and undertake work-related activity as a condition of continuing entitlement to the full amount of that benefit. If you fail to take part in WFI or undertake work-related activity and don’t have a good reason, you will get a sanction and your payment of IS will be reduced. For further information on IS sanctions please see Benefit Sanctions on nidirect.

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