Seven hundred fresh claims for Universal Credit made in Barking and Dagenham between September and October
PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 November 2020
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The number of Universal Credit claimants in Barking and Dagenham rose by 700 between September and October.
This jump — seen in the month leading up to the original end date of the furlough scheme — is more than the increase recorded between August and September (436).
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These latest figures from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) means there are currently 30,301 recipients of the benefit in Barking and Dagenham.
The borough’s increase falls broadly in line with that seen across London during the same period, where a total of 24,004 fresh claims were made.
It also contributes to the 2.76 million people across the UK that, as of October 2020, are claiming universal credit and job seekers allowance.
This is up four per cent on the last quarter, and 118 pc when compared to this time last year, with the latter a clear sign of how coronavirus has impacted employment in the UK.
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