Universal Credit: Young People

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 21st February 2019.

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Photo of Neil Gray Neil Gray Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people (a) are currently in and (b) have been active in the Universal Credit Youth Obligation Support Programme; how many people who are active in that programme have been sanctioned; how long those people have been sanctioned for; and for what reason those people have been sanctioned.

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

We are clerically collecting Management Information on the number of programme participants from January 2019. This is the first month in which we will have fully rolled out the programme across the entire country. We will consider whether this information can be published in due course, subject to appropriate quality assurance checks.

The information requested on sanctions is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

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