Universal credit claims rise by more than 70% across our region in April

It's been revealed universal credit claims in the East Midlands increased by 71.6% in April as a result of people being furloughed or laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Office for National Statistics say in England and Wales it rose by more than 850-thousand to more than Two million.

Angela Standsfield from job centre plus in Derbyshire said: "The priority for us in the DWP is to make sure that everyone who has made a claim is paid the right amount on the right day.

That's been a challenge for us but we've been able to bring in additional resources that the centre has supported us with and in actual fact people from all parts of the department have been more on that front line role ensuring payments are out to people so I think we're very proud of the fact that nationally we've paid 93% of universal credit customers on-time and in-full."

"Talking to customers that have made claims recently, a lot of these people would have never expected to be in this position but a lot of them I think are showing quite a lot of optimism around returning to their former jobs after furlough."


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