The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has released the latest Universal Credit statistics for 29 April 2013 to 28 May 2015.
Universal Credit was introduced in April 2013 has been slowly rolled out to Jobcentre Plus offices across the UK.
The new benefit, which merges a number of existing social security benefits into one single monthly payment, has been beset with numerous delays and IT problems – leading to a much slower than expected roll out.
According to the latest DWP dataset, *110,890 people had made a claim for Universal Credit up to 28 May 2015. Of those people, *74,120 had attended an initial interview and started claiming Universal Credit.
Figures show that *65,380 people are currently in receipt of the new benefit, which is far short of the millions originally promised (or forecast) by Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith MP, at this stage in its roll out.
The Jobcentre Plus office with the largest caseload was Oldham, with 2,960 Universal Credit claimants, followed by Wigan, with 2,120.
Of the people on the caseload in May 2015, 31% were in employment and 69% were not in employment.
There are more males on the Universal Credit caseload than females (69% compared to 31%). Males aged 20-24 make up 22% of the total Universal Credit caseload.
*DWP figures are a month behind and are described as ‘experimental statistics’.