If your Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) or Employment Support
Allowance (ESA) is sanctioned and you're in receipt of Housing
Benefit you need to contact us.
If you don't contact us we may stop paying your Housing Benefit
until you do so.
Why has my benefit been sanctioned?
Your JSA could be stopped as a penalty (known
as a sanction) for example if you:
- Don’t go to a Jobcentre Plus when asked.
- Turn down a job or training.
- Don’t apply for any jobs.
- Don’t go to any training booked for you.
- Leave your job or training without a good reason or because of
A Jobcentre Plus adviser can tell you how long your JSA will be
stopped for. It could be up to 3 years.
Sanctions may result in suspension of Housing Benefit.
Sanctioned claimants may still be eligible for Housing Benefit
but you must ring us on 0300 303 8870 to tell us that your JSA or
ESA has been sanctioned.
Sanctioned claimants may be eligible for a hardship payment if
they have no other sources of support. Please contact your local
Jobcentre for advice.