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Benefit sanctions and ethnicity

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please can you confirm:

(1) If the DWP collects data on the ethnicity of people subject to benefit sanctions;

(2) If the DWP does not collect data on the ethnicity of people subject to benefit sanctions, whether the DWP has ever collected such data; and

(3) If the DWP does not collect data on the ethnicity of people subject to benefit sanctions, if there is any reason why such data is not collected.

Yours faithfully,

Joe Tomlinson

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Dear Joe Tomlinson,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 9th
September.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

J Roberts left an annotation ()

Ethnic Group ESA Sanction Decisions

White 390,274

Mixed 7,785

Asian or Asian British 18,707

Black or Black British 19,709

Chinese or Other ethnic group 7,480

Prefer not to say / unrecorded 43,493

Total 487,454

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/js...

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1. click on ethnic group
2. tick all boxes
3. add to row (at the top left)
4. click retrieve data

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