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11% rise in benefits suspensions

The number of benefit payments suspended since a tougher regime was introduced last year has risen by 11%, the Department for Work and Pensions said.

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Jobseekers payment freezes 'a deterrent'

Employment minister Esther McVey said benefit suspensions for jobseekers, were a "deterrent, at the end of a process" and not a measure taken lightly.

Tougher new rules mean that the number of benefit payments suspended has risen by 11%, the Department for Work and Pensions said.

She said the government did not want to be giving out "sanctions" in the form of minimum four-week benefits freeze, but that those receiving the jobseekers allowance are obliged to look for work.

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