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Disaster prone universal credit take-up slows down

The take-up of disaster prone universal credit (UC) is slowing down, in spite of being rolled out to more jobcentres across the country, statistics released by the DWP show.

There were supposed to be 100,000 people claiming UC by May of this year, a massively reduced target from the one originally by Iain Duncan Smith. However, the DWP still managed to fall short and now look very likely to miss next May’s target of half a million claims in payment, given that there are currently only around 126,000 people getting UC.

Most worrying of all for the DWP, however, is the fact that instead of the take-up rate increasing, it’s actually slowing down.

Claims are currently being made at a rate of 6,000 a week. But as the graph below shows, the current level of take-up is actually lower than it was in June of this year. The DWP have argued that the slow down is due to ‘seasonal effects’ over the summer.PIProll out graph

The truth is, however, that even by mid-September claims had not recovered to their pre-holiday level.

UC, it seems, continues to be the most unsuccessful benefit roll-out in living memory.

You can download the full set of UC statistics from this link.

Comments  

+1 #6 tintack 2015-10-20 01:35
Quoting Paul Richards:
Hi all,
Please have a look at this - the DWP have probably dropped themselves in it big time! Good for Mike Sivier for going after them.

www.voxpoliticalonline.com/2015/10/17/has-the-dwp-made-a-fatal-error-over-the-claimant-deaths-foi-request/


It says an awful lot about our media - both broadcast and print - that the government is being held to account largely by one-man blogs like Mike Sivier's, Meanwhile, with some occasional honourable exceptions, the media stays mostly silent, apparently because it's signed up to a Tory agenda for which dead sick and disabled people would be awfully bad PR. .
+1 #5 Paul Richards 2015-10-18 18:29
Hi all,
Please have a look at this - the DWP have probably dropped themselves in it big time! Good for Mike Sivier for going after them.

www.voxpoliticalonline.com/2015/10/17/has-the-dwp-made-a-fatal-error-over-the-claimant-deaths-foi-request/
+1 #4 Paul Richards 2015-10-18 11:55
Hi all,
Please have a look at this - DWP have probably dropped themselves in it! This could be the break that is needed and perhaps this is the chink in their armour! Good for Mike Sivier!

www.voxpoliticalonline.com/2015/10/17/has-the-dwp-made-a-fatal-error-over-the-claimant-deaths-foi-request/
+1 #3 tintack 2015-10-17 00:26
Quoting shimtoan:
Quote:
Quote:
UC, it seems, continues to be the most unsuccessful benefit roll-out in living memory.


Which, given the utter catastrophe of the nationwide roll-out of the IB to ESA transfer, is no mean "achievement".
the IB to ESA transfer that hasn't yet finished?
....but was supposed to have been finished some time ago, and which has also made a considerable contribution to the ESA system almost grinding to a halt. They were warned that would happen but decided they knew best and went ahead anyway. That went well.
+2 #2 shimtoan 2015-10-16 22:24
Quote:
Quote:
UC, it seems, continues to be the most unsuccessful benefit roll-out in living memory.
Which, given the utter catastrophe of the nationwide roll-out of the IB to ESA transfer, is no mean "achievement".
the IB to ESA transfer that hasn't yet finished?
+4 #1 tintack 2015-10-14 17:26
Quote:
UC, it seems, continues to be the most unsuccessful benefit roll-out in living memory.
Which, given the utter catastrophe of the nationwide roll-out of the IB to ESA transfer, is no mean "achievement".

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