Universal Credit: Greater London

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 14 September 2023.

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Photo of Feryal Clark Feryal Clark Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what data his Department holds on the average monthly deduction taken from households with children in receipt of Universal Credit in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) the London Borough of Enfield and (c) London.

Photo of Guy Opperman Guy Opperman The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The requested information is provided in the table below.

Table 1 : Number of Households with Children, May 2023

Administrative Area

Number of Households on Universal Credit

Number of Households with Children on Universal Credit

Number of Households with Children on Universal Credit with a Deduction

Total amount deducted for Households with Children

Average Amount Deducted for Households with Children

Enfield North Parliamentary Constituency






London Borough of Enfield












Table 1 shows the requested analysis of Universal Credit households with children with a payment due in May 2023 for each of the requested administrative areas.


1. Volumes have been rounded to the nearest 100, total amounts have been rounded to the nearest £10,000 and average amounts have been rounded to the nearest £1. For region level: volumes have been rounded to the nearest 1,000, total amount has been rounded to the nearest £100,000 and average amount has been rounded to the nearest £1.

2. Deductions include advance repayments, third party deductions and all other deductions, but exclude sanctions and fraud penalties which are reductions of benefit rather than deductions.

3. Children are defined here as being people who are declared as living in the same household as the UC claimant(s) and who are under the age of 20. The number of children may not be equal to the number of dependent children in the household who are eligible for child element for various reasons. This includes children over the age of 16 in non-advanced full-time education, looked-after children and, other young people living in multigenerational households whose parents are not the claimant. Those affected by the policy to provide support for a maximum of two children may also have a larger number of children compared to the number of children entitled to the child element in their household.

4. Figures are provisional and are subject to retrospective change as later data becomes available.

5. The ‘unknown' parliamentary constituency equates to 0.2% of all households and relates to households for which a constituency could not be determined due to incomplete postcode information.

6. Data for May 2023 has been provided in line with the latest available UC Household Statistics.

7. Claim numbers and number of children on UC will not match official statistics caseloads due to methodological differences.

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