Universal Credit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered at on 7 September 2022.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if her Department will make it its policy to collect data on what sectors Universal Credit claimants work in, including the number of claimants who are (a) gainfully self-employed and (2) in the start-up period.

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

The Department does not routinely collect data on the sectors in which Universal Credit claimants work, including self-employed work. However, we are currently exploring what additional information we could collect to help Work Coaches support claimants in their search for work.

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