Sanctions can lead to benefit payments being stopped, or significantly reduced for a period of time.
UC sanctions can apply for up to 26 weeks or, in some cases, until you do whatever you were sanctioned for failing to do. The length of the sanction will depend on whether you have been sanctioned before.
Your Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) can be sanctioned for similar reasons to Universal Credit. JSA sanctions can potentially last up to 156 weeks.
Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) sanctions can occur if you have failed to attend an interview or take part in work related activity. The sanctions will normally apply for as long as you fail to attend the interview or work related activity. Sanctions cannot apply to ESA claimants who are in the “Support Group”.
If you have been given a sanction you can:
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