6,000 are claiming universal credit
- 18 Jul
Almost 6,000 people were claiming the new universal credit benefit payment by the end of April.
Statistics from the Department for Work and Pensions has showed the government's progress in rolling out the new benefit, which is a combination of several benefits into one payment paid direct to households.
The figures show that 5,880 people were claiming universal credit in April, whilst 6,960 claimed it at some point between April 2013 and 30 April 2014. 60% of the claimants on universal credit under 25, reports Inside Housing.
These statistics reflect the fact that the benefit was initially only being made available to new claimants who are single, non home-owning, with no children or disabilities.
Universal credit is soon to be expected be claimed by 8 million households.
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