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.