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Universal Credit

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 194148, tabled on 21 November 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of universal credit claimants who have a level of deduction from the standard allowance have a reduction of (a) the 40 per cent cap and (b) above the 30 per cent level (c) above the 20 per cent level in the most recent month for which data is available.

Answered on

26 November 2018

For eligible claims to Universal Credit Full Service due a payment in September 2018, 55% (490,000 claims) had a deduction (which may include for advances, sanctions, fraud penalties, and other deductions).

The information for claims with deductions above 20 per cent of their standard allowance is as follows:

a. 12% (61,000 claims) had deductions at 40% of the Standard Allowance (7% of all eligible claims)

b. 28% (138,000 claims) had deductions above 30% of the Standard Allowance (15% of all eligible claims)

c. 47% (232,000 claims) had deductions above 20% of their Standard Allowance (26% of all eligible claims).

Claim numbers are rounded to the nearest 1,000

Claim numbers may not match official statistics caseloads due to methodological differences.

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