David Webster has prepared a detailed commentary on the statistics for JSA sanctions, for submission to the Work and Pensions Committee, and he has sent me a copy so that I can post it on the blog. The paper is here. Among his points are that
- sanctions are being used more than at any time since the 1920s
- sanctions appear to be driving people out of the benefits system
- the success of appeals shows that many decisions are wrong.
He has also commented to me that the Work Programme sanctions more people than it gets into work.
The DWP has announced an independent review of sanctions, to be headed up by Matthew Oakley, Head of Economic Analysis at Which?