Collection

Universal Credit statistics

These experimental statistics cover the number of people and households on Universal Credit, starts and claims.

This collection contains:

  • monthly updates for people on Universal Credit
  • quarterly updates for claims, starts and households on Universal Credit

Quarterly data are published in February, May, August and November alongside a statistical bulletin with detailed commentary. The exact publication dates for the monthly and quarterly releases are listed in the statistics release calendar.

Feedback

We welcome all feedback on the content, relevance, accessibility and timing of these statistics to help us in producing statistics that meet user needs. For non-media enquiries on these statistics, email: team.ucos@dwp.gov.uk

For media enquiries please contact the DWP press office.

Latest monthly release

The latest monthly release of official statistics includes the number of people on Universal Credit to 9 December 2021.

Latest quarterly bulletin

Commentary and updates for claims, starts and households are available quarterly.

Interactive tools

View an interactive map which shows statistics on Universal Credit claimants at Jobcentre Plus office level.

Due to preparation work for the next monthly release of statistics, this map will be unavailable from 12:30pm on 14 February 2022 until 9:30am on 15 February 2022.

The interactive map which shows statistics on households on Universal Credit at local authority level is currently unavailable due to a technical issue. The most recent data for households on Universal Credit up to August 2021 can be obtained via Stat-Xplore.

View an interactive dashboard of the latest Universal Credit household statistics by region.

Find further breakdowns of these statistics in Stat-Xplore, an online tool for exploring some of DWP’s main statistics.

Guidance

Consultation

We launched a user engagement survey in July 2020. The survey has now closed. Read our formal response in the user engagement report.

DWP publishes historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data which is usually consistent with the annual Budget and Autumn Statement.

Research about Universal Credit

Ad hoc statistical publications on Universal Credit

Evaluation

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.

Previous releases

Published 5 September 2013
Last updated 18 January 2022 + show all updates
  1. Added a link to the latest monthly release of Universal Credit statistics, data from 29 April 2013 to 9 December 2021.

  2. Added a link to the latest monthly release of Universal Credit statistics, data from 29 April 2013 to 11 November 2021.

  3. Added a link to the latest quarterly release of Universal Credit statistics, 29 April 2013 to 14 October 2021. Also added a note to the page about new statistics in the households on Universal Credit series, and updated the existing note about the withdrawal of measures in the claims and starts series.

  4. Added a link to the latest monthly release of Universal Credit statistics, data from 29 April 2013 to 9 September 2021.

  5. Added a link to the latest monthly release of Universal Credit statistics, data from 29 April 2013 to 12 August 2021.

  6. Added a link to the latest quarterly release of Universal Credit statistics, 29 April 2013 to to 8 July 2021.

  7. Added a link to the latest monthly release of Universal Credit statistics, data from 29 April 2013 to 10 June 2021.

  8. Added a link to the latest monthly release of Universal Credit statistics, 29 April 2013 to 13 May 2021.

  9. Added a link to the latest quarterly release of Universal Credit statistics, 29 April 2013 to 8 April 2021.

  10. Added a link to the latest monthly release of Universal Credit statistics, data for 29 April 2013 to 11 March 2021.

  11. Added a link to the latest monthly release of Universal Credit statistics, data for 29 April 2013 to 11 February 2021.

  12. Added a link to the latest quarterly release of Universal Credit statistics, 29 April 2013 to 14 January 2021.

  13. Added a link to the latest monthly release of Universal Credit statistics, 29 April 2013 to 10 December 2020.

  14. Added a link to the latest monthly release of Universal Credit statistics, 29 April 2013 to 12 November 2020. Also added the response to the user engagement survey run in July 2020.

  15. Added a link to the latest quarterly release of Universal Credit statistics, 29 April 2013 to 8 October 2020.

  16. Added a link to the latest release of Universal Credit statistics, 29 April 2013 to 10 September 2020.

  17. Added a link to the latest release of Universal Credit statistics, 29 April 2013 to 13 August 2020.

  18. Added a link to the latest quarterly release of Universal Credit statistics: 29 April 2013 to 9 July 2020.

  19. Added a link to the latest release of Universal Credit statistics, 29 April 2013 to 11 June 2020. Also published details about a user engagement survey - to gather views from users of the Universal Credit official statistics

  20. Added a link to the latest release of Universal Credit statistics, 29 April 2013 to 14 May 2020.

  21. Added a link to the latest release of Universal Credit statistics, with data from 29 April 2013 to 9 April 2020.

  22. Added a link (to the 'Research about Universal Credit' section) to a management information release providing daily counts of Universal Credit declarations (claims) and advances from 1 March to 28 April 2020.

  23. Added a link to the latest monthly release of Universal Credit statistics, with data from 29 April 2013 to 12 March 2020. Supplementary management information on declarations and advances for the period 1 March to 12 April 2020 has also been published with the official statistics release.

  24. Published a note about the forthcoming release of supplementary management information alongside the next regular Universal Credit official statistics release (on 21 April 2020). The information will include the number of Universal Credit declarations, broken down by geography and a number of other key characteristics.

  25. Added a link to the latest monthly release of Universal Credit statistics, with data to 13 February 2020.

  26. Added Universal Credit statistics from 29 April 2013 to 9 January 2020.

  27. Added Universal Credit statistics from 29 April 2013 to 12 December 2019.

  28. Added Universal Credit statistics from 29 April 2013 to 14 November 2019.

  29. Added a link to the latest release of Universal Credit statistics, with data from 29 April 2013 to 10 October 2019.

  30. Added latest release of Universal Credit statistics with data from 9 April 2013 to 12 September 2019. Also added a statistical notice about a change to the People on Universal Credit employment indicator in the Universal Credit statistics.

  31. Added a link to the latest release of Universal Credit statistics, with data from 29 April 2013 to 8 August 2019.

  32. Added a link to the latest release of Universal Credit statistics, with data from 29 April 2013 to 11 July 2019.

  33. Added link to an interactive dashboard of the latest Universal Credit household statistics by region.

  34. Added a link to the latest release of Universal Credit statistics, with data from 29 April 2013 to 13 June 2019.

  35. Added a link to the latest release of Universal Credit statistics, with data from 29 April 2013 to 9 May 2019.

  36. Added a link to the latest release of Universal Credit statistics, with data from 29 April 2013 to 11 April 2019.

  37. Added a link to the latest release of Universal Credit statistics, with data from 29 April 2013 to 14 March 2019.

  38. Added latest release of Universal Credit statistics, with data from 29 April 2013 to 14 February 2019.

  39. Added a link to the latest release of Universal Credit statistics, with data from 29 April 2013 to 10 January 2019.

  40. Added latest release of Universal Credit statistics, with data from 29 April 2013 to 13 December 2018.

  41. Added a note that the interactive map which shows statistics on households on Universal Credit at Local Authority level will be unavailable from 12.30pm on 18 February 2019 until 9:30am on 19 February 2019. The interactive map which shows statistics on Universal Credit claimants at Jobcentre Plus office level will be unavailable from 12:30pm on 21 January 2019 until 9:30am on 22 January 2019.

  42. Added latest release of Universal Credit statistics, with data from 29 April 2013 to 8 November 2018.

  43. Added latest release of Universal Credit statistics, with data from 29 April 2013 to 11 October 2018.

  44. Added latest release of Universal Credit statistics, with data from 29 April 2013 to 13 September 2018.

  45. Revised information about the availability of the interactive maps at Jobcentre Plus office and Local Authority level. They will be available at 9:30am on 13 September 2018.

  46. Added 'Universal Credit 29 April 2013 to 9 Aug 2018' statistics to the latest release section.

  47. Added 'Universal Credit 29 April 2013 to 12 July 2018' statistics to the latest release section.

  48. Added 'Universal Credit 29 April 2013 to 14 June 2018' statistics to the latest release section.

  49. Added ad hoc statistical release 'Length of payment delays for new claims to Universal Credit'.

  50. Added 'Universal Credit 29 April 2013 to 10 May 2018' to the latest release section.

  51. Added latest release of Universal Credit statistics, with data to 12 April 2018. Also added information about changes to the statistics.

  52. Added 'Universal Credit 29 April 2013 to 8 February 2018' to the latest release section.

  53. Published information about an issue with the figures for Alternative Payment Arrangements. As a result of this, the next release of Universal Credit statistics on 21 March 2018 will not include data on Split Payments or More Frequent Payments.

  54. Added 'Universal Credit 29 April 2013 to 11 January 2018' to the latest release section.

  55. Added 'Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 14 Dec 2017' to the latest release section.

  56. Added 'Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 9 Nov 2017' to the latest release section.

  57. Added 'Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 12 Oct 2017' to the latest release section.

  58. Published a note that, due to an issue with the data which is currently under investigation, information on the number of claims to Universal Credit will not be included in the next release of the experimental official statistics on 15 November 2017.

  59. Added 'Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 14 Sep 2017' to the latest release section.

  60. Revised contact details for feedback on Universal Credit statistics.

  61. Added a note about some data processing improvements that will affect the next release of statistics, due to be published on 18 October 2017.

  62. Added 3 statistical releases: 'Universal Credit payment advances: May 2016 to June 2017', 'Universal Credit payment timeliness: January to June 2017' and 'Universal Credit Waiting Days: May 2016 to June 2017'.

  63. Added 'Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 10 Aug 2017' to the latest release section. Also added a consultation, seeking views on plans to expand the range of statistics on Universal Credit.

  64. Added 'Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 13 Jul 2017' to the latest release section.

  65. Added 'Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 8 Jun 2017' to the latest release section.

  66. Added 'Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 11 May 2017' to the latest release section.

  67. Added 'Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 13 Apr 2017' to latest release section.

  68. Added a note stating that the quarterly statistical summary due to be released on 17 May 2017 will include statistics on the number of sanction decisions for Universal Credit.

  69. Added Universal Credit statistics (data to 9 March 2017).

  70. Added Universal Credit statistics (data to 9 February 2017).

  71. Added Universal Credit statistics (data to 12 Jan 2017).

  72. Added Universal Credit statistics (data to 8 December 2016).

  73. Added Universal Credit statistics (data to 10 November 2016).

  74. Added Universal Credit statistics (data to 13 October 2016).

  75. Added Universal Credit statistics (data to 6 October 2016).

  76. Added a link and note about a revision to the number of Universal Credit claims between 8 April and 1 September 2016 in the 19 October 2016 publication, because of a methodological issue we've identified.

  77. Added Universal Credit statistics (data to 1 September 2016).

  78. Added Universal Credit statistics (data to 4 August 2016).

  79. Published latest Universal Credit statistics (data to 7 July 2016).

  80. Published latest Universal Credit statistics (data to 2 June 2016).

  81. Published latest Universal Credit statistics (data to 5 May 2016).

  82. Published latest Universal Credit statistics (data to 7 April 2016) and methodology publication.

  83. Published latest Universal Credit statistics (data to 3 March 2016).

  84. Published the latest Universal Credit statistics (data to 4 February 2016) and updates to the 'Universal Credit statistics: background information and release strategy' document.

  85. Published latest Universal Credit statistics (data to 7 Jan 2016).

  86. Published latest Universal Credit statistics (data to 3 Dec 2015).

  87. Published the latest Universal Credit statistics (data to 29 October 2015).

  88. Published the latest Universal Credit statistics (data to 17 September 2015).

  89. Published latest Universal Credit statistics (data to 3 September 2015).

  90. Published Universal Credit statistics to 30 July 2015.

  91. Correction – We will publish the Universal Credit statistics to 30 July 2015 on Wednesday 12 August (not 10 August).

  92. Published Universal Credit statistics to 30 July 2015.

  93. Published Universal Credit statistics to 2 July 2015.

  94. Published Universal Credit Statistics to 28 May 2015.

  95. Published 'Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 7 May 2015' statistics.

  96. Published 'Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 9 April 2015' statistics.

  97. Published 'Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 12 March 2015' statistics.

  98. Added latest monthly experimental Universal Credit statistics to 12 February 2015.

  99. Added latest monthly experimental Universal Credit statistics to 15 January 2015.

  100. Added latest monthly experimental Universal Credit statistics to 11 December 2014.

  101. Added link to Universal Credit Pathfinder evaluation report.

  102. Added latest monthly experimental Universal Credit statistics to 6 November 2014.

  103. Published latest experimental statistics on Universal Credit with data for April 2013 to September 2014.

  104. Added statistics on 'Universal Credit: Apr 2013 to Aug 2014'.

  105. Published latest statistics covering period April 2013 to 31 May 2014.

  106. Published latest Universal Credit statistics: April 2013 to 30 April 2014.

  107. Published latest monthly stats with data for April 2013 to 31 March 2014.

  108. Published latest data (April 2013 to February 2014) and added main findings from the latest release.

  109. Published latest statistics (April 2013 to February 2014).

  110. Statistics published for the period April 2013 to 31 January 2014

  111. Statistics published for the period April 2013 to 31 December 2013

  112. February 2014 statistical release published

  113. Statistics to 31 October 2013 published

  114. Note added regarding National Audit Office report “Universal Credit: early progress”

  115. Added statistics for the period April 2013 to 30 September 2013

  116. Update to the National data from the new IT systems for Universal Credit and research and evaluation sections.

  117. First published.