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Habitual Residence Test

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 128995, tabled on 14 December 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of social security benefit claims were closed as a result of the claimant having failed a habitual residence test in each month for which data is available since March 2018.

Answered on

17 December 2020

The table below gives the number of UC claim closures due to a claimant failing the Habitual Residence Test (HRT) and the monthly percentage share of all UC claim declarations on a monthly basis from March 2018 to November 2020.

The Department only holds the requested information for Habitual Residence Tests (HRT) completed by Universal Credit (UC) full service claimants for the time period requested.

Number of closures due to failing HRT

Percentage of UC Claims in month

Mar-18

1,340

1.3%

Apr-18

1,470

1.4%

May-18

1,570

1.4%

Jun-18

1,920

1.4%

Jul-18

2,400

1.4%

Aug-18

2,400

1.3%

Sep-18

2,410

1.3%

Oct-18

3,030

1.3%

Nov-18

3,170

1.3%

Dec-18

2,770

1.4%

Jan-19

4,170

1.4%

Feb-19

4,030

1.5%

Mar-19

4,140

1.5%

Apr-19

3,500

1.3%

May-19

3,500

1.2%

Jun-19

3,310

1.1%

Jul-19

3,630

1.1%

Aug-19

3,150

1.0%

Sep-19

3,080

0.9%

Oct-19

3,470

1.2%

Nov-19

3,150

1.2%

Dec-19

2,710

1.3%

Jan-20

3,610

1.1%

Feb-20

3,010

1.2%

Mar-20

8,240

0.8%

Apr-20

11,750

1.3%

May-20

11,700

2.4%

Jun-20

8,220

2.5%

Jul-20

7,460

2.5%

Aug-20

6,710

2.5%

Sep-20

9,210

2.9%

Oct-20

11,150

3.6%

Nov-20

7,300

2.3%

Notes:

  1. We have taken the cohort of declarations and found the closures due to failing HRT within that cohort, as opposed to grouping by closure date.
  2. Figures are for households on UC, either couple or single claims, and does not represent the number of individuals within the household.
  3. Figures rounded to the nearest 10.
  4. Please note that percentages have been rounded to the nearest 0.1% and may not sum due to rounding.
  5. Figures cover claims in Great Britain only.
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