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Universal Credit statistics

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

These monthly Universal Credit statistics include breakdowns by:

  • Jobcentre Plus office
  • age
  • employment status
  • conditionality regime

The bi-annual statistics for households on Universal Credit (published March and September) include breakdowns by:

  • average monthly award amount
  • entitlement components
  • payment indicator
  • family type
  • tenure

We are making the following changes to the Universal Credit Official Statistics to meet the needs of users of the statistics better:

  • from 17 July 2018, people on Universal Credit will be published monthly without the data on starts and claims to Universal Credit
  • from November 2018, households on Universal Credit and starts and claims to Universal Credit will be published quarterly (September 2018 will be the last 6 monthly households release)

If you have any feedback on these changes, contact demi.champney@dwp.gsi.gov.uk.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is currently investigating a discrepancy with duration on Universal Credit. While we assess the scale of this issue we have removed this breakdown from Stat-Xplore. Caution should be used when viewing this breakdown through other mechanisms, such as supplementary tables.

In January 2018, DWP announced that there would be changes to the DWP statistical geographies we publish. For Universal Credit Official Statistics we already use 2011 Census Output Area based geographies, but in May 2018 we changed our methodology to ensure consistency with other benefits. This has resulted in some minor changes to historic geography data. See DWP statistical geographies in National and Official Statistics for more information.

DWP statisticians have identified an issue with the figures for Alternative Payment Arrangements. As a result the release of Universal Credit statistics on 21 March 2018 did not include data on Split Payments or More Frequent Payments.

Work to investigate the problem has started. Further updates will be published on this page and in the StatsUserNet welfare and benefits community. We will also pre-announce the publication date for Split Payments and More Frequent Payment statistics in line with the code of practice for statistics.

The benefits sanctions statistics published on 15 May 2018 included statistics on the number of sanction decisions for Universal Credit.

Find future release dates in the statistics calendar and more about DWP statistics on the Statistics at DWP page.

Feedback

Email peter.gomersall@dwp.gsi.gov.uk with feedback and queries about the Universal Credit statistics.

Explore the statistics with our interactive tools

View our new interactive map which shows statistics on households on Universal Credit at Local Authority level.

View statistics on Universal Credit claimants at Jobcentre Plus office level in an interactive map. Due to preparation work for the next release of statistics this map will be unavailable from 3:30pm on 16 July 2018 until 9:30am on 17 July 2018.

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.

Latest release

  1. Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 10 May 2018

    • Official Statistics

Consultation

This consultation has now closed. Read our formal response in the latest update to the Universal Credit statistics release strategy.

DWP publish 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.

  1. Universal Credit: how we will evaluate it

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

    • Research and analysis
  3. Universal Credit evaluation framework: 2016

    • Research and analysis

Previous releases

  1. Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 12 April 2018

    • Official Statistics
  2. Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 8 March 2018

    • Official Statistics
  3. Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 8 February 2018

    • Official Statistics
  4. Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 11 January 2018

    • Official Statistics
  5. Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 14 December 2017

    • Official Statistics
  6. Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 9 November 2017

    • Official Statistics
  7. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 12 Oct 2017

    • Official Statistics
  8. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 14 Sep 2017

    • Official Statistics
  9. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 10 Aug 2017

    • Official Statistics
  10. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 13 Jul 2017

    • Official Statistics
  11. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 8 Jun 2017

    • Official Statistics
  12. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 11 May 2017

    • Official Statistics
  13. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 13 Apr 2017

    • Official Statistics
  14. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 9 Mar 2017

    • Official Statistics
  15. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 9 Feb 2017

    • Official Statistics
  16. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 12 Jan 2017

    • Official Statistics
  17. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 8 Dec 2016

    • Official Statistics
  18. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 10 Nov 2016

    • Official Statistics
  19. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 13 Oct 2016

    • Official Statistics
  20. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 6 Oct 2016

    • Official Statistics
  21. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 1 Sept 2016

    • Official Statistics
  22. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 4 Aug 2016

    • Official Statistics
  23. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 7 Jul 2016

    • Official Statistics
  24. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 2 Jun 2016

    • Official Statistics
  25. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 5 May 2016

    • Official Statistics
  26. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 7 Apr 2016

    • Official Statistics
  27. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 3 Mar 2016

    • Official Statistics
  28. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 4 Feb 2016

    • Official Statistics
  29. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 7 Jan 2016

    • Official Statistics
  30. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 3 Dec 2015

    • Official Statistics
  31. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 29 October 2015

    • Official Statistics
  32. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 17 Sept 2015

    • Official Statistics
  33. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 3 Sept 2015

    • Official Statistics
  34. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 30 July 2015

    • Official Statistics
  35. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 2 July 2015

    • Official Statistics
  36. Universal Credit: Apr 2013 to 28 May 2015

    • Official Statistics
  37. Universal Credit: Apr 2013 to 7 May 2015

    • Official Statistics
  38. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 9 Apr 2015

    • Official Statistics
  39. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 12 Mar 2015

    • Official Statistics
  40. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 12 Feb 2015

    • Official Statistics
  41. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 15 Jan 2015

    • Official Statistics
  42. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 11 Dec 2014

    • Official Statistics
  43. Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 6 Nov 2014

    • Official Statistics
  44. Universal Credit: Apr 2013 to Sep 2014

    • Official Statistics
  45. Universal Credit: Apr 2013 to Aug 2014

    • Official Statistics
  46. Universal Credit statistics: Apr 2013 to 31 May 2014

    • Official Statistics
  47. Universal Credit statistics: Apr 2013 to 30 April 2014

    • Official Statistics
  48. Universal Credit statistics: Apr 2013 to 31 March 2014

    • Official Statistics
  49. Universal Credit statistics: Apr 2013 to 28 Feb 2014

    • Official Statistics
  50. Universal Credit statistics: Apr 2013 to 31 Jan 2014

    • Official Statistics
  51. Universal Credit statistics: Apr 2013 to 31 Dec 2013

    • Official Statistics
  52. Universal Credit experimental official statistics to November 2013

    • Official Statistics
  53. Universal Credit pathfinder statistics: Apr 2013 to 31 Oct 2013

    • Official Statistics
  54. Universal Credit pathfinder statistics: Apr 2013 to 30 Sept 2013

    • Official Statistics
Published 5 September 2013
Last updated 12 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Universal Credit 29 April 2013 to 10 May 2018' to the latest release section.
  2. Added latest release of Universal Credit statistics, with data to 12 April 2018. Also added information about changes to the statistics.
  3. Added 'Universal Credit 29 April 2013 to 8 February 2018' to the latest release section.
  4. 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.
  5. Added 'Universal Credit 29 April 2013 to 11 January 2018' to the latest release section.
  6. Added 'Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 14 Dec 2017' to the latest release section.
  7. Added 'Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 9 Nov 2017' to the latest release section.
  8. Added 'Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 12 Oct 2017' to the latest release section.
  9. 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.
  10. Added 'Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 14 Sep 2017' to the latest release section.
  11. Revised contact details for feedback on Universal Credit statistics.
  12. Added a note about some data processing improvements that will affect the next release of statistics, due to be published on 18 October 2017.
  13. 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'.
  14. 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.
  15. Added 'Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 13 Jul 2017' to the latest release section.
  16. Added 'Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 8 Jun 2017' to the latest release section.
  17. Added 'Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 11 May 2017' to the latest release section.
  18. Added 'Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 13 Apr 2017' to latest release section.
  19. 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.
  20. Added Universal Credit statistics (data to 9 March 2017).
  21. Added Universal Credit statistics (data to 9 February 2017).
  22. Added Universal Credit statistics (data to 12 Jan 2017).
  23. Added Universal Credit statistics (data to 8 December 2016).
  24. Added Universal Credit statistics (data to 10 November 2016).
  25. Added Universal Credit statistics (data to 13 October 2016).
  26. Added Universal Credit statistics (data to 6 October 2016).
  27. 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.
  28. Added Universal Credit statistics (data to 1 September 2016).
  29. Added Universal Credit statistics (data to 4 August 2016).
  30. Published latest Universal Credit statistics (data to 7 July 2016).
  31. Published latest Universal Credit statistics (data to 2 June 2016).
  32. Published latest Universal Credit statistics (data to 5 May 2016).
  33. Published latest Universal Credit statistics (data to 7 April 2016) and methodology publication.
  34. Published latest Universal Credit statistics (data to 3 March 2016).
  35. Published the latest Universal Credit statistics (data to 4 February 2016) and updates to the 'Universal Credit statistics: background information and release strategy' document.
  36. Published latest Universal Credit statistics (data to 7 Jan 2016).
  37. Published latest Universal Credit statistics (data to 3 Dec 2015).
  38. Published the latest Universal Credit statistics (data to 29 October 2015).
  39. Published the latest Universal Credit statistics (data to 17 September 2015).
  40. Published latest Universal Credit statistics (data to 3 September 2015).
  41. Published Universal Credit statistics to 30 July 2015.
  42. Correction – We will publish the Universal Credit statistics to 30 July 2015 on Wednesday 12 August (not 10 August).
  43. Published Universal Credit statistics to 30 July 2015.
  44. Published Universal Credit statistics to 2 July 2015.
  45. Published Universal Credit Statistics to 28 May 2015.
  46. Published 'Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 7 May 2015' statistics.
  47. Published 'Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 9 April 2015' statistics.
  48. Published 'Universal Credit: 29 Apr 2013 to 12 March 2015' statistics.
  49. Added latest monthly experimental Universal Credit statistics to 12 February 2015.
  50. Added latest monthly experimental Universal Credit statistics to 15 January 2015.
  51. Added latest monthly experimental Universal Credit statistics to 11 December 2014.
  52. Added link to Universal Credit Pathfinder evaluation report.
  53. Added latest monthly experimental Universal Credit statistics to 6 November 2014.
  54. Published latest experimental statistics on Universal Credit with data for April 2013 to September 2014.
  55. Added statistics on 'Universal Credit: Apr 2013 to Aug 2014'.
  56. Published latest statistics covering period April 2013 to 31 May 2014.
  57. Published latest Universal Credit statistics: April 2013 to 30 April 2014.
  58. Published latest monthly stats with data for April 2013 to 31 March 2014.
  59. Published latest data (April 2013 to February 2014) and added main findings from the latest release.
  60. Published latest statistics (April 2013 to February 2014).
  61. Statistics published for the period April 2013 to 31 January 2014
  62. Statistics published for the period April 2013 to 31 December 2013
  63. February 2014 statistical release published
  64. Statistics to 31 October 2013 published
  65. Note added regarding National Audit Office report “Universal Credit: early progress”
  66. Added statistics for the period April 2013 to 30 September 2013
  67. Update to the National data from the new IT systems for Universal Credit and research and evaluation sections.
  68. First published.