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Challenging Universal Credit Sanctions

This section covers information and tactics relating to challenging universal credit (UC) 'work preparation' and 'work search' sanctions.

Avoiding Universal Credit Sanctions

This section covers information and tactics relating to avoiding universal credit (UC) 'work preparation' and 'work search' sanctions.

Avoiding and Challenging Universal Credit Sanctions

This topic supplements Ask CPAG Online - Benefit Sanctions by providing specific information on avoiding and challenging universal credit (UC) sanctions.

On what grounds can a ‘work-focussed interview’ sanction be challenged?

You can be required to attend a 'work-focussed interview' (WFI) with a Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) 'work coach' or Work Programme personal adviser to discuss your job prospects and barriers to work if you or your partner are claiming employment and support allowance (ESA), incapacity benefit (IB), income support (IS) on the basis of incapacity or being a lone parent, or your partner is getting income-based jobseeker's allowance (JSA).

On what grounds can an ‘actively seeking work’ sanction be challenged?

One of the conditions of entitlement to Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) is that you are ‘actively seeking employment’.

Challenging JSA and ESA Sanctions

Any decision to impose a benefit sanction by reducing benefit entitlement can be challenged.