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Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) sanctions - Good reason why a Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) sanction should not be applied

Find out more about Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) sanctions.

Good reason why a Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) sanction should not be applied

‘Good reason’ why a sanction should not be applied

A sanction will not be applied if you can show that you had ‘good reason’ for the action that led to a sanction being considered.

'Good reason' is not defined in legislation, it will depend on your circumstances.

The following are examples of factors which should be taken into account:

  • If you are a victim of domestic violence you can be treated as available for and actively seeking work for up to 13 weeks. Even after that a fear of domestic violence may mean you have good reason for refusing or leaving employment

  • If you have a physical or  mental health condition or disorder that meant you were unable to attend

  • Caring responsibilities that make it unreasonable for you to be available (this should include whether suitable childcare would have been (or was) reasonably available

  •  if you are homeless

  • If you are a victim of bullying or harassment at work, or you left your job because you were a whistle blower.


People with disabilities and carers

If you have a disability or are a carer, you will have good reason for giving up a job or not accepting a job offer if the travelling time would be unreasonable given your caring responsibilities or your health.

In the first 13 weeks of your claim you would have good reason for not accepting a job offer if the travelling time to work is more than one hour each way.

After 13 weeks you would only have good reason if the travelling time was more than one and a half hours each way.

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