The Department for Work and Pensions has today (17 December) released the latest claimant count statistics for Universal Credit.
Universal Credit is replacing six existing benefits including Housing Benefit, Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and Income Based Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
The main findings were:
- 44,330 people have made a claim for Universal Credit up to 11th December 2014.
- 25,890 of the people who have made a claim have, up to 13th November 2014, attended an initial interview, accepted their claimant commitment, and gone on to start Universal Credit.
- 22,900 people were on the Universal Credit caseload, as at 13th November 2014. Of these, 7,300 (or 32 per cent) were in employment and 15,600 (or 68 per cent) were not in employment.
Universal Credit was introduced in April 2013 in certain pathfinder areas of North West England. Since October 2013, it has progressively been rolled out to other areas.
These statistics cover the period in which 91 Jobcentre Plus offices have started to introduce Universal Credit, say the DWP.