Universal credit claimants now up to 47,000
- 21 Apr
Almost 47,000 people were claiming universal credit last month which is half shy of the estimated 100,000 that ministers said they would hit in May.
Figures published by the Department for Work and Pensions on Friday 12th March revealed that 46,920 people were claiming universal credit, reports Inside Housing.
This means that the number of people claiming universal credit will have to more than double in the next two months if the goal of 100,000 people is to be met.
DWP Minister Mark Harper has stated that as recently as February the government was set to have 100,000 people on the caseload by the next month, but notable said this was a ‘rounded' figure.
In February this year universal credit claimants rose by almost 7,000 from 40,100 in February this year. 85,110 people have made an initial claim for the benefit by the 9th April.
The next universal credit statistics are due to be published on 13 May. The government has estimated that 100,000 people will be claiming next month, 500,000 by May 2016, and eventually 7.7 million.
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