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This factsheet explains what happens if you receive a sanction when you’re claiming jobseeker’s allowance. It explains what a sanction is, why you might get one and what you can do to challenge the decision.

For information on sanctions if you are claiming income support see the Gingerbread factsheet Claiming income support and other benefits. If you’re claiming employment and support allowance there is information on sanctions in the factsheet Benefits and tax credits for ill health or disability.

There are special rules that apply to single parents claiming jobseeker’s allowance. See the Gingerbread factsheet Jobseeker’s allowance – Special rules for single parents.

There is a list of other Gingerbread information that you may find helpful at the end of this factsheet. Further advice on all of the topics covered is available from the Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline on 0808 802 0925. Calls are free from landlines and most mobiles. The information in this factsheet is correct as of April 2015.

Universal credit is a new benefit system that will replace many of the current benefits and tax credits. From December 2014 some families with children who are claiming benefits for the first time in selected jobcentres may claim universal credit. For more information on universal credit and how it may affect your family you can visit the Gingerbread website.

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