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    Research Briefing

    People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency

    This paper provides figures for the number of people claiming unemployment benefits (the “claimant count”) for the UK and by parliamentary constituency.

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    Data Dashboard

    Constituency data: Universal Credit rollout

    This dashboard has statistics on Universal Credit by constituency in Great Britain, including the Library's estimate of how far caseload rollout has progressed.

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    Debate Pack

    Opposition Day Debate: Universal Credit and Working Tax Credits

    On Wednesday 15 September there will be an Opposition Day Debate on the motion 'That this House calls on the Government to cancel its planned cut to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit which from the end of September 2021 will reduce support for many hardworking families by £1,040 a year.'

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Increasing cost of living

    Commons Library publications on the rising cost of living in the UK, including cause of inflation, the effect on households, and Government support.

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Coronavirus: Universal Credit during the crisis

    This House of Commons Library briefing paper explores how Universal Credit has coped and changed during the coronavirus crisis so far, and what challenges lie ahead for this benefit.

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Housing costs in Universal Credit

    This briefing paper explains the key differences between assistance with housing costs under the Housing Benefit regime and under Universal Credit.

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Universal Credit: Ten years of changes to benefit claims and payments

    The introduction of Universal Credit changed the way around seven million working-age households make benefit claims and get paid. This paper explores some key changes, their effect, and the debate surrounding them.

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    Research Briefing

    Universal Credit and the claimant count

    This briefing paper explains how Universal Credit has increased the number of people claiming unemployment benefits, by requiring a broader group of claimants to look for work than was the case under Jobseeker’s Allowance. In January 2019, the Department for Work and Pensions published an ‘alternative’ claimant count for the first time. This models what the claimant count would have been if Universal Credit had been fully in place since 2013.

  • House of Commons Library

    Debate Pack

    Effect of Universal Credit on children

    MPs will debate the Effect of Universal Credit on children on Tuesday 10 May 2016. This is a Backbench Business debate secured by Stephen Timms MP. This House of Commons Library page provides an overview of Universal Credit and links to relevant briefings and reports.

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Universal Credit: A reading list

    A Universal Credit reading list covering the new benefit from its development more than a decade ago through to April 2021.

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