Households on Universal Credit Dashboard

Latest data up to May 2021 by DWP

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

These experimental statistics have been developed in accordance with the Code of Practice for Statistics.

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

Universal Credit is a single payment for each household to help with living costs for those on a low income or out of work.

Support for housing costs, children and childcare costs are integrated into Universal Credit. It also provides additions for people with a disability, health condition or caring responsibilities which may prevent them from working.

Universal Credit replaces 6 benefits and tax credits:

  • 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:

  • is available to people who are in work and on a low income, as well as to those who are out of work.
  • is responsive to earnings, whereby the monthly Universal Credit payment will adjust accordingly as claimants move in and out of work..
  • most claimants on low incomes will still be paid Universal Credit and receive work coach support when they start a new job or increase their hours.
  • claimants will receive a single monthly household payment paid into a bank account. In some cases, payment can be split between claimants in a household.
  • support with housing costs will usually go direct to the claimant, and in some cases, this can be paid directly to the landlord instead.
  • most people will apply online and manage their claim through an online account.

You can find more information about Universal Credit here.