13 Aug Number of people receiving Universal Credit support in East of England reaches 173,000
Figures released today show that more than 173,000 people in the East of England are now receiving personalised Universal Credit support.
Universal Credit, which is now available in every jobcentre across the UK, simplifies the benefit system and replaces six previous benefits with a single monthly payment.
The benefit provides tailored support for people who are unemployed, in low-paid work or unable to work due to a disability or health condition. Anyone who thinks they may be eligible for Universal Credit can check online. People can also speak to Citizens’ Advice, who offer a free Help To Claim service for Universal Credit, funded by the department.
With the benefit now available in all jobcentres, the number of people on the benefit will continue to rise naturally, and does not necessarily signify an increase in unemployment for the area.
Minister for Welfare Delivery Will Quince said:
“Today’s figures show that more than 173,000 people in the East of England are receiving Universal Credit. Behind these figures are thousands of people getting tailored employment support to either find a job or increase their hours.
“Universal Credit is a force for good – it’s simpler, more flexible and is helping people into work quicker than the old system. Crucially, it adjusts to people’s monthly earnings so there are no disincentives to working.
“Staff across the region, from Basildon to King’s Lynn, are supporting people who walk through their local jobcentre doors, with training courses, CV writing help, confidence-building sessions and much more.”