How long will a Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) sanction last?
There are three levels of sanctions which last for set periods of time depending on what you may have failed to do.
The lower level of sanction applies if you are asked to do something that will improve your chances of finding or preparing for work and you don't do it. This includes things like:
losing a place on a training scheme through misconduct
failing to attend or giving up a place on a training scheme
failing to attend an interview at Jobcentre Plus
failing to carry out part of your jobseeker's agreement.
A lower level sanction will last for:
The intermediate level of sanction may apply if you reclaim JSA after your previous JSA award has been disallowed.
A JSA award can be disallowed if you (or your joint-claim partner) are found not to be available for, or actively seeking work.
If you go on to make another claim for JSA, it will only be allowed if you can show that you (or your joint-claim partner) are now available for and actively seeking work.
An intermediate level sanction will last for:
Example from decision maker's guidance:
“Johnny was entitled to JSA but his award came to an end when the DM (decision maker) decided that he was not available for employment and could not be treated as available. This was Johnny’s first ever claim for JSA... The DM decides that a four week reduction will need to be considered with any new award of JSA.”
The higher level sanction may apply if, for example, you:
A higer level sanction will last for:
13 weeks for a first failure
26 weeks for a second failure
156 weeks for any further failure ( at least twice) within 26 or 156 weeks of the last failure
Diagram is taken from page 47 of the Department for Work and Pensions guidance for decision makers DMG memo 37/12.