SRA free evening seminar: Benefit sanctions: recent analysis by the National Audit Office


In a report published in November 2016, the National Audit Office assessed the Department for Work & Pensions’ administration of benefit sanctions. The study team examined the impact of Work Programme sanctions on employment, inactivity and earnings for claimants of Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance.  This was the first analysis of these outcomes using UK administrative data and produced the first evidence on the impact of sanctions on these outcomes for disability benefit claimants. The seminar will discuss the methods and findings of the report and the practical challenges and opportunities of accessing, linking and analysing these administrative data.

Presentation followed by Q&A.


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Dimitris Pipinis, Analyst, National Audit Office

Andrew Tuffin, Audit Principal, National Audit Office

Sarah Taylor, Senior Analyst, National Audit Office


Dimitris Pipinis joined the National Audit Office in 2014 as an Analyst. Dimitris received his PhD in Economics from the University of Southern California in 2012. Before joining the National Audit Office he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University. His research is forthcoming in Social Service Review.

Andrew Tuffin is an Audit Principal in the National Audit Office’s tax and benefit team. He joined the NAO in 2011 and qualified as an accountant in 2014. He has worked on a variety of value-for-money studies and financial audits, and holds degrees in history and logic from the University of Manchester and King’s College London.

Sarah Taylor joined the National Audit Office in 2012. She is a Senior Analyst in the tax and benefits team with a background in research methods and social policy. She holds degrees from the London School of Economics and a doctorate from the University of Oxford.

Places are VERY limited, and for security reasons, we need to know who will be attending to give names to the venue in advance.

Please arrive no later than 4.45 to allow time to be signed in and taken to the room.

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