When claiming a benefit there are certain rules that need to be followed. A sanction can be applied if someone fails to comply with these benefit rules. This can be a loss or reduction in benefit.

What’s the change?

If you do not follow the rules for your benefit, you could have a sanction applied from two weeks up to a maximum of 18 months. Any reasons you provide for not following the benefit rules will be taken into account before a sanction is applied.

When will this happen?

These changes will come into effect at the same time as Universal Credit is introduced during 2017.

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