Housing Systems: Combating poverty and sustaining tenancies.
Conditionality: Sanctions

Complex Needs

What is the claimant has complex needs?


What are the different sanction levels?

How Much

How much is deducted?


Why the claimant should challenge a sanction and how.

Good Reason?

What if the claimant has a 'good reason' for doing what they did?

Impact on HCE

What impact does a sanction have on a UC award and the Housing Costs Element?

Hardship Payments

What are they, how much, how do you get one and how are they paid back?

Joseph Rowntree Foundation report on claimant's experiences of UC conditionality and sanctions here.

National Audit Office call for DWP to conduct a wide-ranging review here. The NAO points out inconsistencies - "...some Work Programme providers referring twice as many people for sanctions as other providers in the same area" and inefficiencies /waste of public resources - the DWP estimates it spends £30-50 million a year applying sanctions, plus £200 million monitoring the conditions it sets for claimants; the NAO estimates £132 million in sanctions reductions but paid Hardship Payments of £35 million.

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