JSA: Justice Be Done

Nine out of 100 JSA claimants in Lewisham have received a benefit sanction, the second-highest rate in London after the borough of Bromley.

The data comes from a report by Crisis, who argue this represents a "postcode lottery", implying that the variance across the country (Lewisham's rate is middling in national terms) comes down to aggressiveness of the sanctioners, rather than the quality of claims by sanctionees.

The report does not shed any light on the reasons for the regional differences.

Thanks to Ian for sending this through.