More than 252,000 people in the South East are now receiving personalised Universal Credit support, new figures show – including 4,453 people on the Isle of Wight.

The latest data reveals that 2.5million people nationwide are benefiting from Universal Credit support nationwide – an increase of 5% over the month.

Universal Credit, which is now available in every jobcentre across the UK, simplifies the benefit system and replaces 6 previous benefits with a single monthly payment.

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The government continues to make improvements and strengthen the welfare safety net – this month it announced increased support for parents with their childcare payments, dedicated funding for Armed Forces Champions in jobcentres and tighter measures to reduce fraud.

The release of the latest Universal Credit data comes in the same week that the UK employment rate was recorded at a near record high rate of 75.9%. There was further good news in terms of unemployment, which has fallen over the year to 3.9%.

Minister for Welfare Delivery Will Quince said:

“Universal Credit is a force for good, providing vital support across the length and breadth of the South East and helping people into work.

“Universal Credit provides a vital safety net to millions, preventing families from falling through the cracks. We continue to make improvements – in the last month alone we have increased childcare support, announced new funding to help veterans and their families, and brought in new measures to crack down on fraudsters.”

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Local Authority Region UC claimants
Adur South East 1741
Arun South East 4475
Ashford South East 4365
Aylesbury Vale South East 3639
Basingstoke and Deane South East 4462
Bracknell Forest South East 2709
Brighton and Hove South East 11313
Canterbury South East 4602
Cherwell South East 4291
Chichester South East 2728
Chiltern South East 1307
Crawley South East 4171
Dartford South East 3361
Dover South East 6147
East Hampshire South East 1768
Eastbourne South East 5332
Eastleigh South East 4068
Elmbridge South East 1566
Epsom and Ewell South East 1122
Fareham South East 1583
Folkestone and Hythe South East 4082
Gosport South East 2361
Gravesham South East 4265
Guildford South East 1780
Hart South East 1032
Hastings South East 7291
Havant South East 3228
Horsham South East 2580
Isle of Wight South East 4453
Lewes South East 2546
Maidstone South East 3907
Medway South East 10818
Mid Sussex South East 2500
Milton Keynes South East 7030
Mole Valley South East 1059
New Forest South East 3681
Oxford South East 4741
Portsmouth South East 7309
Reading South East 6636
Reigate and Banstead South East 2518
Rother South East 3661
Runnymede South East 1245
Rushmoor South East 2221
Sevenoaks South East 1975
Slough South East 6403
South Bucks South East 1044
South Oxfordshire South East 2869
Southampton South East 14657
Spelthorne South East 1897
Surrey Heath South East 1106
Swale South East 7097
Tandridge South East 1826
Test Valley South East 2942
Thanet South East 10056
Tonbridge and Malling South East 2311
Tunbridge Wells South East 2073
Vale of White Horse South East 3248
Waverley South East 1432
Wealden South East 3292
West Berkshire South East 3874
West Oxfordshire South East 2517
Winchester South East 2192
Windsor and Maidenhead South East 2826
Woking South East 1597
Wokingham South East 2820
Worthing South East 3210
Wycombe South East 3576
Total   252534

To learn more about Universal Credit, visit www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk to find out if they are eligible and what support is available.

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