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Almost 240,000 people in the South East are now receiving personalised Universal Credit support, including 4,257 living on the Isle of Wight, latest figures show.

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.

The publication of the latest Universal Credit data comes after it was revealed last week that the UK employment rate had hit a joint-record high of 76.1%. Unemployment also dropped over the year to 3.8% in September, with the rate for women of 3.6% now the joint-lowest since records began.

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With the benefit now available in all jobcentres, the number of people on Universal Credit will continue to rise naturally and does not necessarily signify an increase in unemployment for the area.

Will Quince, Minister for Welfare Delivery, said:

“Universal Credit is a force for good, delivering personalised support right across the South East and helping people find work.

“This week the employment rate reached a joint-record high and the jobs market continues to go from strength to strength. I have no doubt that this is due in part to our fantastic jobcentre staff, who work tirelessly to help people build their skills and find jobs.

“For people who want to find work, there’s a wide range of help available in jobcentres, including training courses, CV writing sessions and jobs fairs.”

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Universal Credit provides tailored support for people who are unemployed, in low-paid work or unable to work due to a disability or health condition. Anyone who thinks they may be eligible for Universal Credit can check online. People can also speak to Citizens Advice, who offer a free Help To Claim service for Universal Credit, funded by the department.

For more information about Universal Credit, visit

Local Authority Region UC claimants
Adur South East 1646
Arun South East 4210
Ashford South East 4150
Aylesbury Vale South East 3328
Basingstoke and Deane South East 4300
Bracknell Forest South East 2579
Brighton and Hove South East 10986
Canterbury South East 4322
Cherwell South East 4027
Chichester South East 2536
Chiltern South East 1218
Crawley South East 3950
Dartford South East 3164
Dover South East 6031
East Hampshire South East 1639
Eastbourne South East 5182
Eastleigh South East 3973
Elmbridge South East 1415
Epsom and Ewell South East 1043
Fareham South East 1402
Folkestone and Hythe South East 3897
Gosport South East 2190
Gravesham South East 4064
Guildford South East 1625
Hart South East 940
Hastings South East 7055
Havant South East 3004
Horsham South East 2419
Isle of Wight South East 4257
Lewes South East 2378
Maidstone South East 3544
Medway South East 10301
Mid Sussex South East 2313
Milton Keynes South East 6350
Mole Valley South East 951
New Forest South East 3462
Oxford South East 4652
Portsmouth South East 6808
Reading South East 6504
Reigate and Banstead South East 2320
Rother South East 3562
Runnymede South East 1164
Rushmoor South East 2023
Sevenoaks South East 1818
Slough South East 6077
South Bucks South East 965
South Oxfordshire South East 2791
Southampton South East 14274
Spelthorne South East 1775
Surrey Heath South East 1013
Swale South East 6819
Tandridge South East 1740
Test Valley South East 2788
Thanet South East 9770
Tonbridge and Malling South East 2089
Tunbridge Wells South East 1879
Vale of White Horse South East 3114
Waverley South East 1324
Wealden South East 3093
West Berkshire South East 3679
West Oxfordshire South East 2394
Winchester South East 2080
Windsor and Maidenhead South East 2694
Woking South East 1444
Wokingham South East 2717
Worthing South East 3075
Wycombe South East 3367
Total   239,663


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No help from job centre, no training from job centre, joke center


At last something were good at in the top ten I reckon..Well done.

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how about you help yourself, like the rest of us did. That is how most get jobs, instead of whining, crying and blaming everyone else.


Just shows how many lazy people we have on the Island! They prefer to stand around outside schools smoking and making a scene rather than getting a job, or doing something useful with themselves

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