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Universal Credit statistics

Official experimental Universal Credit statistics and how the department will manage the release of further statistics.

These statistics cover total live caseload, starts and claims to Universal Credit, with breakdowns by:

  • Jobcentre Plus office
  • Jobcentre Plus district
  • local authority
  • parliamentary constituency
  • gender
  • age
  • duration
  • employment

View the latest statistics Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 2 July 2015.

View statistics on the Universal Credit caseload and starters at Jobcentre Plus office level in an interactive map.

Data is also available via Stat-Xplore.

Find future Universal Credit statistics release dates

Background

Universal Credit is a new single payment for people who are looking for work or on a low income.

In April 2013, DWP, with our delivery partners in HMRC and local authorities, introduced Universal Credit for claimants within certain areas of the north-west of England. We are introducing Universal Credit in a managed way, progressively rolling it out nationally from October 2013.

The last new claims to legacy benefits will be accepted during 2017. Following this, those on the remaining legacy claims will progressively decline, and the department will migrate the remaining claims to Universal Credit. We expect the bulk of this exercise will be complete by 2019.

Read our Universal Credit policy information

Statistics release strategy

We have published official statistics on the national roll out of Universal Credit following guidelines set by the UK Statistics Authority. These make sure that the published statistics achieve a satisfactory balance between timeliness and data quality.

Future releases of Universal Credit statistics have been aligned with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Labour Market Statistics (LMS) release dates to provide a coherent picture of the labour market to be presented at the same time. These dates have been pre-announced for the whole of 2015.

DWP will only release statistics and management information on Universal Credit that are part of its publication strategy. This is designed to ensure that statistics are placed into the public domain in a clear and controlled way.

National data from the new IT systems for Universal Credit

The data source for Universal Credit will eventually allow a wide range of breakdowns to be published. These will become available gradually as the IT system is introduced. As the plans for the IT system are not yet finalised, it is not possible to give a definitive list of what statistics we can provide. Examples of the kind of statistics that we aim to produce are:

  • individual characteristics (for example age, gender, ethnicity, geography – including small area geography such as output area)
  • some assessment unit level information where appropriate (for example number of adults, number of dependent children, total payment)
  • labour market (for example employment status)
  • claim information (for example start dates, end dates, duration)
  • housing
  • health (for example Work Capability Assessment details, condition)
  • entitlement (for example appeals, entitlement breakdowns, benefit cap status)

Universal Credit and the Claimant Count

Universal Credit will affect the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Claimant Count but the current impact is expected to be small. We have begun to supply ONS with information on the number of Universal Credit claimants who are unemployed which ONS are using to produce an indicative representation of the claimant count adjusting for Universal Credit caseload. In the longer term, ONS will receive a direct feed from the Universal Credit IT system to supplement the existing direct feed from the JSA IT system.

Feedback

Tell us your views on the type of Universal Credit statistics you would like to see by emailing Stats-consultation@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

Or please visit the Welfare and Benefit Statistics community on the Royal Statistical Society StatsUserNet

If you would like to receive occasional emails from DWP to request your views about any other DWP statistics, email us at general.statistics@dwp.gsi.gov.uk. Please give details of the DWP statistics publications you use in your email.

Contacts and other statistics

Find contact information and more about DWP statistics on the Statistics at DWP page.

Find out about statistics on Working and Child Tax Credits published by HM Revenue and Customs

Universal Credit statistics

  1. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 2 July 2015

    • 15 July 2015
    • Statistics
  2. Universal Credit: Apr 2013 to 28 May 2015

    • 17 June 2015
    • Statistics
  3. Universal Credit: Apr 2013 to 7 May 2015

    • 13 May 2015
    • Statistics
  4. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 9 Apr 2015

    • 17 April 2015
    • Statistics
  5. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 12 Mar 2015

    • 18 March 2015
    • Statistics
  6. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 12 Feb 2015

    • 18 February 2015
    • Statistics
  7. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 15 Jan 2015

    • 21 January 2015
    • Statistics
  8. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 11 Dec 2014

    • 17 December 2014
    • Statistics
  9. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 6 Nov 2014

    • 12 November 2014
    • Statistics
  10. Universal Credit: Apr 2013 to Sep 2014

    • 15 October 2014
    • Statistics
  11. Universal Credit: Apr 2013 to Aug 2014

    • 17 September 2014
    • Statistics
  12. Universal Credit statistics: Apr 2013 to 31 May 2014

    • 13 August 2014
    • Statistics
  13. Universal Credit statistics: Apr 2013 to 30 April 2014

    • 16 July 2014
    • Statistics
  14. Universal Credit statistics: Apr 2013 to 31 March 2014

    • 11 June 2014
    • Statistics
  15. Universal Credit statistics: Apr 2013 to 28 Feb 2014

    • 14 May 2014
    • Statistics
  16. Universal Credit statistics: Apr 2013 to 31 Jan 2014

    • 16 April 2014
    • Statistics
  17. Universal Credit statistics: Apr 2013 to 31 Dec 2013

    • 19 March 2014
    • Statistics
  18. Universal Credit experimental official statistics to November 2013

    • 19 February 2014
    • Statistics
  19. Universal Credit pathfinder statistics: Apr 2013 to 31 Oct 2013

    • 22 January 2014
    • Statistics
  20. Universal Credit pathfinder statistics: Apr 2013 to 30 Sept 2013

    • 3 December 2013
    • Statistics

How we are evaluating Universal Credit

We published an evaluation framework setting out our broad intentions for how we will evaluate Universal Credit in December 2012.

We published our approach to evaluating the labour market impact of Universal Credit in July 2014.

  1. Universal Credit: how we will evaluate it

    • 10 December 2012
    • Policy paper
  2. Evaluating the impact of Universal Credit on the labour market

    • 22 July 2014
    • Research and analysis

Research about Universal Credit

  1. Universal Credit: estimating the early labour market impacts

    • 15 February 2015
    • Research and analysis
  2. Universal Credit claimant survey: Nov to Dec 2014 interim findings

    • 15 February 2015
    • Research and analysis
  3. Universal Credit pathfinder evaluation: interim results from the Universal Credit claimant survey, wave 1

    • 5 December 2013
    • Research and analysis
  4. Universal Credit Pathfinder Evaluation

    • 22 October 2014
    • Research and analysis