Recent statistics from the Department for Work and Pensions have shown that over 400,000 people have lost their Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) payments under the tough new government qualification guidelines aimed at targeting people that are not actively pursuing work.

Between October 2012 and June 2013, 580,000 sanctions were handed down to claimants which is a 6% increase on the equivalent time the year before, prior to when the new rules were introduced.

Specifically, the most statistically significant reasons for withdrawal of JSA under the new sanctions regime was a failure to actively seek work which consisted of 36% of the results, 30% of people lost JSA due to a failure to participate in a Work Programme (or other such training scheme) and 20% failed to attend an advisory interview.