Universal Credit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 16th January 2012.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) 16th January 2012

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of children in each age group who will be in households in receipt of universal credit once it is fully introduced.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions 16th January 2012

The following table provides an estimate of the number and proportion of children broken down by age group who will be in households entitled to universal credit once it is fully introduced.

Age of child (a) Number of children in households entitled to universal credit (Million) (b) Proportion of children in each age group in households entitled to universal credit (%)
0 to 4 2.2 55
5 to 10 2.1 55
11 to 15 1.8 50
16 to 18 0.6 45
Total 6.7 50

The number of children has been rounded to the nearest 0.1 million and the proportion has been rounded to the nearest 5%.

These estimates have been made using the Department’s Policy Simulation Model, which is based on the Family Resources Survey (FRS), and is consistent with the updated Impact Assessment for Universal Credit which was published in October 2011, where case load information was provided on the basis of entitlement.

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