Universal Credit – key numbers

As part of our series of articles cutting through the DWP’s spin about Universal Credit we look at some of the key statistics about the benefit.

£3 billion – annual amount taken out of the welfare budget in work allowance cuts alongside a freeze on benefit rates, the two-child limit, and the scrapping of the ‘limited capability for work’ element for disabled people.

£3,441 – average amount almost half of low-income households examined in research produced the Children’s Commission will lose because of the combined impact of UC, 2-child limit and benefits cap.

5 – number of weeks of in-built delay in the system from the moment the claim is started, although many claimants have been made to wait much longer.

£50 million - amount the government clawed back in one month in UC loan repayments from some of the poorest households in Britain. (Gov’s own figures)
11,000 the number of households each month who receive no payment after the five-week wait. (Policy in Practice)
42% increase in rent arrears where UC has been rolled out. (Trussell Trust)
£500m cost to the taxpayer of the third delay to 2024 for the complete rollout of UC. 
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Page updated 4 February 2020

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