Out-of-work benefits

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 21st September 2022.

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Photo of Nicholas Rogers Nicholas Rogers Conservative

Please advise how many people in London are currently in receipt of out-of-work benefits. Please provide the latest figures plus those for the last five years.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The latest figures available for people in receipt of any combination of out-of-work benefits are from February 2022, when there were 767,573 people in London receiving these benefits. Details of the benefits and conditions are in section 2.10 of the DWP Benefit combinations statistics background information note.

The quarterly figures for the last five years, including the latest available for Londoners claiming any combination of out-of-work benefits are in the accompanying spreadsheet:

Later figures are available for some of the individual benefits within this overall figure, such as Universal Credit. The number of people in London claiming Universal Credit that are out of work fell by around 12,000 from 504,000 to 492,000 between February and July 2022.