Scottish Universal Credit Sanctions Statistics

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In this article I’m going to show, by Westminster constituency, the number of people claiming Universal Credit (UC) in Scotland and also show how many of these are being sanctioned.

I had hoped to do the same for those claming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) & Employment Support Allowance (ESA) but was unable to narrow the data down by constituency in the same way as for UC.

The figures come from information released by the DWP themselves, through their Stat-Xplore system, and are correct as at February 2018 (The most recent period that figures are available for currently).

  • The percentage of Universal Credit claimants being sanctioned ranges from 1.1% to 9.2% throughout the constituencies, suggesting different Job Centres may be more strict than others.
  • The average percentage over all constituencies is 4.1% compared to 0.3% for JSA and 0.2% for ESA, highlighting just how much more punitive the UC regime is.

So that shows that, on average, you are 14 times more likely to be sanctioned on Universal Credit than on Job Seekers Allowance. Since the things you can be sanctioned for are the same on both benefits then surely this must be a result of advisers being set higher targets of people to sanction on UC.

Scotland as a Whole

  • Number of UC Claimants: 75,730
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 3,122 (4.1%)

Aberdeen North (Kirsty Blackman – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 854
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 57 (6.7%)

Aberdeen South (Ross Thomson – Conservatives)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 524
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 41 (7.8%)

Airdrie & Shotts (Neil Gray – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 911
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 55 (6.0%)

Angus (Kirstene Hair – Conservatives)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 1484
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 35 (2.4%)

Argyll & Bute (Brendan O’Hara – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 488
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 29 (5.9%)

Ayr, Carrick & Cumnock (Bill Grant – Conservatives)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 1159
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 75 (6.5%)

Banff & Buchan (David Duguid – Conservatives)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 567
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 29 (5.1%)

Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk (John Lamont – Conservatives)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 642
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 30 (4.7%)

Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross (Jamie Stone – Liberal Democrats)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 1663
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 21 (1.3%)

Central Ayrshire (Philippa Whitford – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 1384
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 52 (3.8%)

Coatbridge, Chryston & Bellshill (Hugh Gaffney – Labour)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 949
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 78 (8.2%)

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth & Kirkintilloch East (Stuart McDonald – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 1648
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 58 (3.5%)

Dumfries & Galloway (Alister Jack – Conservatives)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 701
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 64 (9.1%)

Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale & Tweeddale (David Mundell – Conservatives)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 473
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 29 (6.1%)

Dundee East (Stewart Hosie – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 1446
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 42 (2.9%)

Dundee West – (Chris Law – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 2179
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 72 (3.3%)

Dunfermline & West Fife (Douglas Chapman – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 1489
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 45 (3.0%)

East Dunbartonshire (Jo Swinson – Liberal Democrats)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 708
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 18 (2.5%)

East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow (Lisa Cameron – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 1654
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 41 (2.5%)

East Lothian (Martin Whitfield – Labour)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 4683
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 115 (2.5%)

East Renfrewshire (Paul Masterton – Conservatives)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 417
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 33 (7.9%)

Edinburgh East (Tommy Sheppard – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 660
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 43 (6.5%)

Edinburgh North & Leith (Deidre Brock – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 692
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 34 (4.9%)

Edinburgh South (Ian Murray – Labour)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 338
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 27 (8.0%)

Edinburgh South West (Joanna Cherry – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 588
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 53 (9.0%)

Edinburgh West (Christine Jardine – Liberal Democrats)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 401
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 26 (6.5%)

Falkirk (John McNally – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 1063
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 46 (4.3%)

Glasgow Central (Alison Thewliss – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 1097
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 69 (6.3%)

Glasgow East (David Linden – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 1243
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 73 (5.9%)

Glasgow North (Patrick Grady – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 779
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 35 (4.5%)

Glasgow North East (Paul Sweeney – Labour)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 1288
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 97 (7.5%)

Glasgow North West (Carol Monaghan – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 1122
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 86 (7.7%)

Glasgow South (Stewart McDonald – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 923
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 72 (7.8%)

Glasgow South West (Chris Stephens – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 1281
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 93 (7.3%)

Glenrothes (Peter Grant – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 1694
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 70 (4.1%)

Gordon (Colin Clark – Conservatives)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 327
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 18 (5.5%)

Inverclyde (Ronnie Cowan – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 4518
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 81 (1.8%)

Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey (Drew Henry – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 4351
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 49 (1.1%)

Kilmarnock & Loudon (Alan Brown – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 2148
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 70 (3.3%)

Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath (Lesley Laird – Labour)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 1835
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 74 (4.0%)

Lanark & Hamilton East (Angela Crawley – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 1920
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 69 (3.6%)

Linlithgow & East Falkirk (Martyn Day – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 989
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 90 (9.1%)

Livingston (Hannah Bardell – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 816
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 61 (7.5%)

Midlothian (Danielle Rowley – Labour)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 2999
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 49 (1.6%)

Moray (Douglas Ross – Conservatives)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 592
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 34 (5.7%)

Motherwell & Wishaw (Marion Fellows – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 1097
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 98 (8.9%)

Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Angus MacNeil – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 126
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 6 (4.8%)

North Ayrshire & Arran (Patricia Gibson – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 2052
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 94 (4.6%)

North East Fife (Stephen Gethins – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 711
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 26 (3.7%)

Ochil & South Perthshire (Luke Graham – Conservatives)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 1979
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 55 (2.8%)

Orkney & Shetland (Alistair Carmichael – Liberal Democrats)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 189
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 6 (3.2%)

Paisley & Renfrewshire North (Gavin Newlands – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 785
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 59 (7.5%)

Paisley & Renfrewshire South (Mhairi Black – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 1061
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 74 (7.0%)

Perth & North Perthshire (Pete Wishart – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 506
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 32 (6.3%)

Ross, Skye & Lochaber (Ian Blackford – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 1452
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 16 (1.1%)

Rutherglen & Hamilton West (Ged Killen – Labour)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 2377
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 73 (3.1%)

Stirling (Stephen Kerr – Conservatives)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 2066
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 28 (1.4%)

West Aberdeenshire & Kincardine (Andrew Bowie – Conservatives)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 273
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 14 (5.1%)

West Dunbartonshire (Martin Docherty – SNP)

  • Number of UC Claimants: 1145
  • Number of UC Claimants with Sanctions: 105 (9.2%)

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