Official Statistics

Comparison of Universal Credit and Jobseeker's Allowance outcomes

Analysis of Universal Credit claims to estimate the proportion that would be in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance at 30 day intervals.


Exploratory analysis and comparison of Universal Credit and JSA outcomes

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This exploratory analysis of Universal Credit (UC) during the first 9 months of live running provides an early indication of possible differences between UC and Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) behaviours and outcomes.

It provides an estimate of the proportion of the UC claimant population that would have been in receipt of JSA at various 30 day assessment intervals. The data is also broken down into the 24 and under and 25 and over age groups.

Published 22 October 2014