15 November 2017: Approximately two thirds of universal credit claimants have been on the benefit for more than six months

Approximately two thirds of universal credit claimants have been on the benefit for more than six months

New DWP statistics also show that more than one in ten are in the ‘in work with conditionality’ regime

Approximately two thirds of universal credit claimants have been on the benefit for more than six months, according to new DWP statistics.

In ‘Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 12 Oct 2017‘, published today, the DWP highlights that the number of universal credit claimants rose to 630,000 in October 2017, a three per cent increase from the previous month, of which 405,000 (64 per cent) have been on the benefit for more than six months.

Additionally, the figures show (at table 3.1) that –

  • 338,247 (54 per cent) claimants were in the searching for work conditionality regime;
  • 72,725 (12 per cent) were working with requirements to increase earnings;
  • 136,008 (22 per cent) were working with no requirements;
  • 58,427 (9 per cent) had no work requirements placed upon them; and
  • 24,562 (4 per cent) were in either the planning for work or preparing for work conditionality regime.

NB – the DWP highlights that figures for the number of claims for universal credit have been temporarily withdrawn after 12 January 2017 due to an issue with the data that is being investigated.

For more informations see Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 12 Oct 2017 from gov.uk

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