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Universal Credit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 31st October 2019.

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Photo of Ruth George Ruth George Labour, High Peak

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much her Department has spent on payments of universal credit advances to claimants in each month since advances were introduced.

Photo of Will Quince Will Quince The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Universal Credit is now the main system of working age welfare support across the country. It is available in every Jobcentre, with a caseload of over 2.5 million claimants, growing every month, now able to access the additional support and flexibilities it offers.

Around 60 per cent of new claims take up an advance. Subject to some fluctuation, this rate of advance take-up has been broadly consistent over the last 12 months. As the overall Universal Credit caseload grows, we expect the volume and value of advance payments to change in correlation. This shows that claimants are being made aware of advances and are using it where they need this help.

Information surrounding the amount spent on Universal Credit advances each month since they were introduced is shown in the table below:

Jun-13

£1,000

Jul-13

£2,000

Aug-13

£3,000

Sep-13

£10,000

Oct-13

£10,000

Nov-13

£18,000

Dec-13

£18,000

Jan-14

£25,000

Feb-14

£30,000

Mar-14

£47,000

Apr-14

£42,000

May-14

£36,000

Jun-14

£34,000

Jul-14

£33,000

Aug-14

£48,000

Sep-14

£133,000

Oct-14

£153,000

Nov-14

£203,000

Dec-14

£278,000

Jan-15

£360,000

Feb-15

£371,000

Mar-15

£607,000

Apr-15

£574,000

May-15

£1,050,000

Jun-15

£1,061,000

Jul-15

£1,261,000

Aug-15

£1,605,000

Sep-15

£1,786,000

Oct-15

£1,762,000

Nov-15

£2,081,000

Dec-15

£2,171,000

Jan-16

£2,736,000

Feb-16

£2,642,000

Mar-16

£4,080,000

Apr-16

£3,801,000

May-16

£3,996,000

Jun-16

£3,827,000

Jul-16

£4,438,000

Aug-16

£4,629,000

Sep-16

£4,817,000

Oct-16

£4,801,000

Nov-16

£4,879,000

Dec-16

£5,452,000

Jan-17

£6,062,000

Feb-17

£5,601,000

Mar-17

£7,876,000

Apr-17

£6,847,000

May-17

£7,051,000

Jun-17

£6,873,000

Jul-17

£7,367,000

Aug-17

£8,002,000

Sep-17

£8,396,000

Oct-17

£9,363,000

Nov-17

£12,130,000

Dec-17

£13,254,000

Jan-18

£25,685,000

Feb-18

£24,977,000

Mar-18

£25,721,000

Apr-18

£25,934,000

May-18

£28,812,000

Jun-18

£32,678,000

Jul-18

£43,321,000

Aug-18

£46,636,000

Sep-18

£44,778,000

Oct-18

£55,693,000

Nov-18

£62,991,000

Dec-18

£58,697,000

Jan-19

£75,758,000

Feb-19

£79,955,000

Mar-19

£91,646,000

Apr-19

£91,957,000

May-19

£103,096,000

Notes:

  1. Figures are rounded to the nearest £1000.
  2. Figures go up to May 2019 in line with published statistics relating to households on Universal Credit.
  3. Figures include all types of advances.
  4. Figures prior to April 2019 include hardship payments made under Universal Credit live service.

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