Households on Universal Credit Dashboard

Latest data upto December 2016 by DWP

Overview
This interactive visualisation shows statistics relating to the benefit, Universal Credit. Data for the visualisation is drawn from Stat-Xplore.

The data provided covers the period from August 2015 to December 2016. These statistics have been developed in accordance with the National Statistics Code of Practice and supporting Principles.

The charts on the "Dashboard" tab are responsive to the selections you make, so offer a new way to explore DWP's Universal Credit data. The full report and supplementary documents can be found here.
What is Universal Credit

Universal Credit aims to reduce poverty, by making work pay, and to help claimants and their families to become more independent. It also aims to simplify the benefits system by providing a single payment based upon the circumstances of the household. Support for housing costs, children and childcare costs are integrated into Universal Credit. It also provides additions for disabled people and carers.

The following benefits will be replaced as Universal Credit rolls out:

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit

The main features of Universal Credit are:

  • Universal Credit is available to people who are in work and on a low income, as well as to those who are out-of-work.
  • Most people will apply online and manage their claim through an online account.
  • Universal Credit will be responsive – as people on low incomes move in and out of work, they will get on-going support.
  • Most claimants on low incomes will still be paid Universal Credit when they first start a new job or increase their part-time hours.
  • Claimants will receive a single monthly household payment, paid into a bank account in the same way as a monthly salary; support with housing costs will usually go direct to the claimant as part of their monthly payment.

You can find more information about Universal Credit here

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