Universal Credit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 13th November 2015.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people currently claiming legacy benefits he expects to have transferred to universal credit by the end of the current Parliament.

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

It is not possible to predict whether or not people currently claiming benefits will claim Universal Credit in the next five years. The numbers of claimants in receipt of Universal Credit at any given point will vary according to a number of factors, such as the economic climate and developments in Government policy. Even if this data was published, such forecasts may change over time.

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