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Only 5,250 Have Made A Claim For Universal Credit, DWP Figures Show

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Figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show that there has been only 5,250 Universal Credit ‘starters’ between April 2013 and 31 January 2014.

A ‘Starter’ is described as an individual who has completed the Universal Credit claim process, attended an interview with a ‘work coach’ and received at least one payment.

According to the DWP the majority of Universal Credit starters are male (with a ratio of around 7:3) and 7 out of 10 new claims came from unemployed people under the age of 25.

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Of the 5,250 ‘starters’, 4,640 were still claiming Universal Credit on 31 January 2014.

Oldham has the largest number of people on Universal Credit (1,360) with Wigan coming in a close second (1,030) followed by Warrington (910) and Tameside (790). The remainder come from other towns/cities and Job Centre’s.

The coalition government’s flagship welfare reform has been slow to get off the ground. Launched as a ‘pathfinder’ programme in areas in the North West, Universal Credit initially began in only four towns/cities (Ashton-under-Lyne, Oldham, Warrington and Wigan), before being rolled-out to a further six sites between October 2013 and spring 2014.

Source: Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Source: Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Source: Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Source: Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

 

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Universal Credit is replacing a number of in-work and out-of-work benefits and tax credits including Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Income-based Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Income Support (IS), Working Tax Credit (WTC), Child Tax Credit and Housing Benefit.

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