Universal Credit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered at on 12 March 2024.

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Photo of Liz Kendall Liz Kendall Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of Universal Credit claimants have received a budgeting advance in each of the last three years.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Table 1 below provides the number and proportion of Universal Credit households who received a Budgeting Advance in each of the last three years.

Year

Number of Universal Credit households who received a Budgeting Advance

Proportion of Universal Credit households who received a Budgeting Advance

Dec 2020 - Nov 2021

1,045,000

18%

Dec 2021 - Nov 2022

1,026,000

18%

Dec 2022 - Nov 2023

1,092,000

18%

Notes:

1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 1,000.

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

3. Data up to November 2023 has been provided in line with the latest available UC Household Statistics.

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