What to do if you have no money because you have been sanctioned
A sanction is a financial penalty for people claiming JSA or ESA. It is applied if the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) decide that you have not complied with all of the conditions of entitlement for the benefit.
- Write to Jobcentre Plus asking them to reconsider the decision to sanction you, stating why you think you should not have been sanctioned. [Alternatively use the letter in the information pack below.]
- If they change their decision then your benefit will be restored.
- To lodge an appeal you need to write to Her Majesties Courts and Tribunal Service. The reconsideration decision will have details of how to appeal and where to send it. Remember you must go through the reconsideration before you can appeal.
No money for immediate necessities.
Where to get help if something has happened and you do not have enough money to meet immediate living expenses.
Applying for a Crisis Grant
provide a safety net in a disaster or emergency, or when there is an immediate threat to health or safety.