The latest DWP statistics reveal that over half a million universal credit (UC) claimants have been sanctioned in the year to July 2023. The proportion of claimants sanctioned is now getting close to the peak rate in October 2022.
DWP figures show that in August 2023, 6.48% of all UC full service claimants who could be subject to a sanction were having deductions from their award as a result of a sanction.
This is not far below the peak level of sanctions, which stood at 6.84% in October 2022.
In the year to July 2023, 522,690 UC claimants were sanctioned.
In July 2023 alone, there were 49,000 new sanctions applied.
96.5% of sanctions were for failure to attend or participate in a mandatory interview.