Figures given by employment minister Chris Grayling in a written parliamentary answer show that employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants are very much less likely to be subject to a sanction than those on jobseeker’​s allowance (JSA).

In April 2011 for example, 60,620 JSA claimants were sanctioned. This compares with 610 claimants in the Work-Related Activity Group of ESA who had a sanction imposed for the same period.

A detailed breakdown of the figures for ESA and JSA sanctions can be found on the They Work For You website.


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