Only 31,030 People Claiming Universal Credit, as IDS Launches Rival to the Desolation of Smaug.
Universal Credit ‘Work Coach’.
As the eagle-eyed posters on Ipswich Unemployed Action have noted, there are flaws a-plenty in Universal Credit.
Some have suggested that the Desolation of Smaug will look like happy days if the Tories manage to cling to power and implement all their schemes – from forced labour for the young unemployed, to permanent surveillance and sanctioning for the older out-of-work. We would like to thank our contributors for their posts. This stands out though, published today, Wednesday the 18th of February, by Welfare Weekly.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has discretely released dismal Universal Credit statistics on the same day as the latest unemployment figures are announced.
The figures reveal that there were just 31,030 people on Universal Credit by 8th January 2015.
This represents an increase of 17 per cent on the caseload compared to December 2014, but is still far short of the 1million (plus) originally promised by the Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith MP.
The Jobcentre Plus office with the largest caseload was Oldham with 2,640 Universal Credit claimants, followed by Wigan with 1,930.
Of the people on the caseload in January 2015, 32 per cent were in employment and 68 per cent were not in employment.
47 per cent of the Universal Credit caseload in January 2015 has been on the new benefit for less than three months, this compares to 52 per cent in December 2014, 55 per cent in November 2014 and 60 per cent in October 2014.
There are more males on the Universal Credit caseload than females (70 per cent compared to 30 per cent).
Males aged 20-24 make up 24 per cent of the total Universal Credit caseload