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Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) sanctions - What are Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) sanctions?

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

What are Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) sanctions?

If you are claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) and do not follow the terms of your Jobseeker's Agreement you may have your benefit reduced or stopped for a set period of time, this is known as a sanction.

Note: Some job seekers in certain areas may have signed up to a different type of Jobseeker's Agreement because they are part of the Universal Credit pathfinder. This information does not apply.

You may have a sanction applied to your claim, this is a reduction (or nil payment) in your benefit if you:

  • left your job voluntarily (but not in the case of voluntary redundancy)

  • lost your job due to misconduct

  • fail to apply for or accept a job that is offered to you 

  • fail to show that you are available for, and actively seeking work

  • fail to attend a compulsory training or employment scheme

  • fail to carry out a direction from a Jobcentre Plus adviser

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