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.

52% - percentage increase in foodbank use over the past 12 months in areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out, leaving many without enough money to cover the basics

49% - percentage of foodbank referrals made due to a delay in benefits being paid in UK were linked to Universal Credit, according to the Trussell Trust.

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