Social Security Benefits

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered at on 5 September 2022.

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Photo of Alison McGovern Alison McGovern Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of the people who stopped claiming unemployment related benefits (a) moved to other benefits, (b) moved to other conditionality groups and (c) stopped receiving benefits altogether in the period between September 2021 and February 2022; and if she will make an estimate of the number of people who (i) stopped claiming unemployment related benefits in that period and (ii) moved from benefits into work during her Department's Way to Work campaign.

Photo of Julie Marson Julie Marson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Assistant Whip

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

The Alternative Claimant Count (ACC) provides a measure of the number of people claiming unemployment related benefits, and off-flows from the ACC are available here.

Between September 2021 and February 2022 there were just under 2 million off-flows from the ACC. This represents a count of off-flows, not individual people, as it is possible to flow on / off benefit multiple times within this period.

As of 25 July, 539,200 unemployed Universal Credit claimants and Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) claimants have moved into work during the Way to Work Campaign between 31 January and 30 June 2022. This includes claimants who remained on benefits after starting work.

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