New Claimant Count in London Boroughs

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 16th October 2020.

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Photo of Joanne McCartney Joanne McCartney Labour

Which London Boroughs have seen the highest new claimant count over the past 6 months for a) Universal Credit, b) Job Seekers Allowance, and c) total claimant count? Can you please break this down by London Borough?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Official data on the number of new Job Seekers allowance claimants by borough is not available, only the total is. Data for boroughs with the highest counts in August 2020 is provided below.

Table 1: JSA count, March ‘20 - August ‘20, Top 5 boroughs in August ‘20

Borough

March

April

May

June

July

August

Ealing

1,161

2,000

2,277

2,480

2,593

2,738

Brent

1,322

2,099

2,391

2,545

2,633

2,721

Hackney

1,604

2,304

2,510

2,579

2,649

2,714

Lambeth

1,155

2,083

2,344

2,451

2,516

2,583

Newham

1,040

1,848

2,079

2,181

2,239

2,346

Source: DWP benefits statistics

The data for Universal Credit (UC) claims is not available at borough level. However, we can look at the number of people on Universal Credit, although only total and not the flows is available. Table 2 presents the data for the 5 boroughs with the highest number of people on UC in August 2020, for the period March-August.

Table 2: Number of people on UC, March ‘20 – August ‘20, Top 5 boroughs in August ‘20

Borough

March

April

May

June

July

August

Croydon

30,350

38,070

46,400

48,180

48,830

50,020

Newham

19,810

25,740

41,780

44,860

46,100

47,150

Enfield

22,030

28,460

37,420

39,570

40,430

41,180

Southwark

22,250

28,300

36,470

38,020

38,980

39,760

Tower Hamlets

20,240

27,740

35,790

37,320

38,500

39,460

Source: DWP benefits statistics

Table 3 presents the Claimant count data for the 5 boroughs with the highest number of claims in August 2020. Please note that an increasing number of people became eligible for unemployment-related benefit support, although still employed. Consequently, changes in Claimant Count will not be due wholly to changes in the number of people who are unemployed.

Table 3: Claimant Count, March ‘20 – August ‘20, Top 5 boroughs in August ‘20

Borough

March

April

May

June

July

August

Newham

8,170

12,815

23,030

23,330

23,515

24,505

Croydon

10,835

16,790

21,860

21,520

21,855

23,060

Brent

7,875

11,970

20,395

21,135

21,330

21,980

Ealing

8,165

12,220

19,845

20,195

20,490

21,370

Lambeth

9,020

13,590

19,885

19,865

20,350

21,070

Source: ONS Claimant count

It is worth noting that the data above is not seasonally adjusted. Comparisons between consecutive periods can be caused by cyclical components of the time series.