Universal Credit claimants rise to almost 90,000
- 13 Aug
Official statistics have found that the number of people claiming universal credit rose by 14,000 in July.
Figures by the Department for Work and Pensions have found that 89,357 people were claiming universal credit by 9th July which was a rise of 18% compared to 75,426 on 11th June, reports Inside Housing.
Of these claimants, 30% were in work and 70% were unemployed.
Labour acting shadow work and pensions Stephen Timms said the reform was rolling out at a “glacial rate”. A total of 7.7m households are expected to eventually be claiming the benefit.
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