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

Jobseeker's Allowance can be stopped or reduced if you don't follow your Jobseeker's agreement.

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.

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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