Statistics from the UK Government’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show a 65 per cent rise in the number of disabled people receiving sanctions for jobseeker’s allowance between 2009 and 2013.
The number increased from just over 8,000 in 2009, to 11,616 in 2012 when the Government introduced its new sanctions regime, and then rose again to 13,128 in 2013, particulary amongst disabled people, lone parents and women.
Sanctions – the loss of some or all welfare payments – can be imposed when a recipient does not comply with the rules, such as failing to attend an interview.
Grapevine the disability information service have put two tools on thier section of the E-library which may help you if you have been affected by sanctions, including a template if you want to challenge a decision. Please see the links below: