September 2014 Six out of Ten Universal Credit Claimants Under 25

Between April 2013 and 31 May 2014, a total of 8,500 people 'started' on universal credit

But the definition of 'started' has been changed to remove the condition that someone must have received at least one payment and to add the condition that they must have signed a claimant commitment. Of those who 'started' on the new benefit, the majority were male - with a male to female ratio of seven to three - and the majority of new claims were unemployed people aged under 25.

In addition, the statistics show that, on 31 May 2014, the total caseload of universal credit claimants was 6,570 people and that over six out of ten of those claimants were under the age of 25.

The statistics cover the first ten universal credit Jobcentre Plus offices - Ashton-under-Lyne, Oldham, Warrington, Wigan, Hammersmith, Rugby, Inverness, Harrogate, Bath and Shotton.

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