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Emergency Information - Been sanctioned?

You might find yourself caught short of money and need help with essentials like food or paying your bills. Please look at the range of support options we discuss in this guide.

Been sanctioned?

Hardship Payments

If your Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit benefit payment is stopped, for example because you have been sanctioned, and you don’t have enough money to live on, you may be able to get a Hardship Payment.

Hardship payments are reduced-rate payments of Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit that are made in limited circumstances. See our Hardship Payment guide for further information.

Hardship payments are reduced-rate payments of jobseeker’s allowance (JSA), employment and support allowance (ESA) and universal credit (UC) that are made in limited circumstances, including if you have been sanctioned.

You or your partner or children must be experiencing hardship and in most cases you must show that you or your family will suffer hardship unless benefit is paid. In some cases for JSA, you must be in a ‘vulnerable group’.

If you come under the universal credit (UC) system you need to claim the hardship payment of UC.

Read the full Hardship Payment Guide

Wrong Decision

If you think that a decision to refuse your benefits or stop payments is wrong, you can challenge the decision. You can read more about challenging benefit decisions in our Challenging Decisions benefit guide. For more help to challenge a decision, you can use our Find an Advisor tool to find an advisor near you.

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