Habitual Residence Test

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 17th December 2020.

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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 and what proportion of social security benefit claimants required a habitual residence test in each month for which data is available since March 2018.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The table below gives the total number of Habitual Residence Tests (HRT) completed by Universal Credit (UC) full service claimants since March 2018, the total number of UC claims that were declared in the same months, and the proportion of these UC claims where a HRT was completed.

The Department only holds information on the Habitual Residence Tests (HRT) completed by Universal Credit (UC) full service claimants for the time period requested.

Declared Date

Total HRTs completed

Claims made to UC

Proportion of UC claims where a HRT was completed

Mar-18

13,900

102,100

14%

Apr-18

14,200

103,500

14%

May-18

15,300

108,200

14%

Jun-18

16,600

127,100

13%

Jul-18

21,100

163,300

13%

Aug-18

22,100

167,200

13%

Sep-18

24,600

173,800

14%

Oct-18

29,600

204,700

14%

Nov-18

31,000

211,400

15%

Dec-18

26,900

168,800

16%

Jan-19

40,800

275,800

15%

Feb-19

34,600

243,100

14%

Mar-19

35,700

253,300

14%

Apr-19

32,400

236,000

14%

May-19

34,600

245,700

14%

Jun-19

32,100

240,000

13%

Jul-19

35,300

269,100

13%

Aug-19

31,500

245,500

13%

Sep-19

36,000

258,100

14%

Oct-19

37,400

236,800

16%

Nov-19

32,200

214,600

15%

Dec-19

26,500

166,200

16%

Jan-20

38,100

259,300

15%

Feb-20

32,100

208,800

15%

Mar-20

165,600

1,209,100

14%

Apr-20

173,400

985,800

18%

May-20

93,400

441,000

21%

Jun-20

59,700

283,800

21%

Jul-20

58,800

262,400

22%

Aug-20

55,500

243,600

23%

Table Notes:

  1. All figures are rounded to 100. The proportion of UC claims where a HRT was completed (%) is calculated using the unrounded figures.
  2. Data on claims made to UC are for Great Britain only. HRTs completed are for Great Britain only.
  3. The UC HRT statistics are taken from Management Information on UC Full Service claims and do not include Live Service claims for which HRT data is not available.
  4. The statistics on claims made to UC are taken from the UC Official Statistics in the ‘Claims made to Universal Credit’ table on the DWP Stat-Xplore portal.
  5. The month used in this table is the month in which the UC claim was declared.
  6. The HRT UC full service data supplied is derived from unpublished management information, which was collected for internal Departmental use only and has not been quality assured to National Statistics or Official Statistics publication standard. The HRT data should therefore be treated with caution.

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