Public Accounts Committee

Benefit Sanctions inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded

Report published Tuesday 21 February 2017. Government response published 12 October 2017.

Report and response published

Scope of the inquiry

To receive benefits such as Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit, some claimants must agree to undertake work-related activities which aim to help them move into work.

Not completing these activities can lead to a sanction, where a claimant’s benefit payments are suspended for a period of time.

National Audit Office report

The National Audit Office (NAO) are currently undertaking a study to examine whether the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is achieving value for money from its administration of benefit sanctions.

This includes how benefit sanctions fit with the intended aims and outcomes of DWP's wider working age employment policy, whether sanctions are being implemented in line with policy and whether use of sanctions is leading to the intended outcomes for claimants.


Read all transcripts, written evidence and other material related to the Benefit Sanctions inquiry.


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