During 2013, nearly 900,000 sanctions were applied to Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants; JSA sanctions have more than doubled since 2010.
Citizens advice Scotland have also published a report about the impact of sanctions on Scotland – this can be found here: http://www.cas.org.uk/publications/sanctioned-what-benefit
Here at Drumchapel CAB we are launching an information campaign to help people to know what they can do if they are sanctioned. Key points are:
Prevent sanctions – self help
- If you are set job search targets you can’t manage, say so, or tell a CAB advisor.
- Keep a careful record of everything you do to try and find work. If you are unable to look for work at any point, keep a note of why not.
- Have you missed an appointment? Tell the Job Centre why within 5 days and keep your own record.
If sanctioned – take action
- Ask for a mandatory reconsideration within a month. If you don’t get your first sanctions reversed, later ones could be for longer.
- If that fails, your local CAB can help you appeal through a free, independent tribunal.
- When your money is stopped, you may be able to apply for hardship payments from the Job Centre.