Universal Credit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 7th February 2019.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate her Department has made of the total number and proportion of universal credit claimants that are now in employment as a result of the introduction of that benefit.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The number of people on Universal Credit as at 13 December 2018 was around 1.6 million. Of these people around 580 thousand (around 37 per cent) were in employment. The detailed figures can be found in Table 3.1 of the latest Universal Credit statistics at:

(Table 3.1) https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/universal-credit-29-april-2013-to-13-december-2018)

Universal Credit is all about getting people into work and, for those already in work, increasing their income through more work. Latest analysis published by DWP shows that Universal Credit is working and people are 4% more likely to have been in work at some point in the 6 months following their claim than under Jobseeker’s Allowance. In June 2018 DWP published plans for further analysis of the labour market impact of Universal Credit, which can be accessed at: . This can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-understanding-its-impact-on-the-labour-market

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