||<p>No comparative assessment has been made between Universal Credit (UC) sanction
rates and sanction rates for legacy benefits.</p><p> </p><p>There are differences
between sanctions policy in UC and other benefits (such as Job Seekers Allowance (JSA))
which means that sanction rates across benefits are not directly comparable. For example,
a JSA claimant would have their claim closed (rather than be sanctioned) if they failed
to attend a meeting with their Work Coach, and did not make contact within five days.
In UC, the same claimant would remain on the benefit and be referred for a sanction.
If a sanction was applied, they would continue to receive the UC elements to which
they remained entitled, such as those for housing or child costs. UC is designed to
provide continuous support to claimants, ensuring that all payment does not cease
while we investigate the reasons for loss of contact with a claimant.</p><p /><p>The
Department publishes sanction rates quarterly for UC, JSA and Employment & Support
Allowance, the latest statistics can be found at the link below.</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/benefit-sanctions-statistics-to-april-2019"
</p><p>The roll out of Universal Credit is now complete and is available in every
Jobcentre across the country. By 2023, all existing legacy claimants will be moved
to Universal Credit.</p>