Benefit sanction used 818,000 times

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%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%A new sanctions regime has led to Jobseeker's Allowance claimants having their benefits suspended more than 800,000 times because they failed to do enough to find work or turned down job offers, according to new government figures.

The tougher rules were introduced in October 2012 as ministers made it clear what claimants had to do in return for their benefits.