DWP ESA sanctions statistics 2012 – 2014

There have been over 60,000 sanctions of employment and support allowance (ESA) since the new sanctions regime began on 3 December 2012, according to new DWP statistics. In other words 600 ESA claimants have been sanctioned every week on average.

The statistics show that, from 3 December 2012 to 31 December 2014, the total number of adverse sanction decisions was 60,472 and of these –

  • 9,723 were for failure to attend a mandatory interview and
  • 50,746 were for failure to participate in work-related activity

As to successful challenges, the statistics show that of the 60,472 decisions –

  • 41,698 were reviewed, of which 22,943 were overturned
  • 1,671 went to mandatory reconsideration, of which 1,108  were overturned
  • 529 went to appeal, of which 165 were overturned.

Department for Work and Pensions – Statistics: Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanctions: decisions made to December 2014


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