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Universal Credit: Children

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 30466, tabled on 9 March 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of children in each age group that will be in households in receipt of universal credit once it is fully introduced.

Answered on

14 March 2016

The number of children in each age group estimated to be in households in receipt of Universal Credit, once fully rolled-out, is:

Age of Child

Number of Children in Households not receiving UC

Number of Children in Households receiving UC

0-2

1,300,000

1,430,000

3-5

1,090,000

1,300,000

6-8

1,020,000

1,170,000

9-11

960,000

1,050,000

12-14

1,120,000

1,000,000

15-18

1,310,000

1,030,000

The proportion of children in each age group estimated to be in households in receipt of Universal Credit, once fully rolled-out, is:

Age of Child

Proportion of Children in Households not receiving UC

Proportion of Children in Households receiving UC

0-2

48%

52%

3-5

46%

54%

6-8

47%

53%

9-11

48%

52%

12-14

53%

47%

15-18

56%

44%

These estimates have been made using the Department’s Policy Simulation Model, which is based on the Family Resources Survey (FRS)

The actual number of children in households receiving Universal Credit once fully rolled-out is dependent on a range of factors including demographic changes and the economic conditions at that time, and therefore these estimates are sensitive to changes in modelling and economic assumptions.

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