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Universal Credit statistics: background information and methodology

Information about Universal Credit statistics methodology including the purpose, source, definitions and limitations of the statistics covered.

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Universal Credit statistics: background information and methodology

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The Universal Credit statistics show how many people have claimed, started and are currently on Universal Credit. The statistics also show how many households are on Universal Credit.

Published 20 April 2016
Last updated 17 July 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated background information and methodology document - revised to support the latest release of Universal Credit statistics on 12 June 2018. The revised version (now dated July 2018) includes new information on conditionality regime data - see page 5 of the publication.
  2. Updated background information and methodology document - revised to support the latest release of Universal Credit statistics on 12 June 2018. The new version (dated June 2018) includes revised information about incomplete Jobcentre Plus office data for the period January 2018 to April 2018.
  3. Added revised background information and methodology document dated May 2018. The revised document includes: information on incomplete Jobcentre Plus office data between January and April 2018, information on a methodology change applied to the full people on Universal Credit backseries, and a new feedback email address.
  4. Updated background information and methodology document - revised the narrative and graphs on pages 10 and 12.
  5. Updated background information and methodology document - revised to support the December release of the Universal Credit statistics. The revised version is dated January 2018.
  6. Updated background information and methodology document - revised to support the October release of the Universal Credit statistics. The revised version is dated October 2017.
  7. Revised background information and methodology document, updated to include details about a revision to the household statistics. The new version is dated September 2017.
  8. Revised background information and methodology document, new version is dated June 2017.
  9. Revised background information and methodology document, new version is dated May 2017.
  10. Revised background information and methodology document, new version is dated March 2017.
  11. Revised background information and methodology document with added section on 'Data confidentiality'.
  12. Revised background information and methodology document due to incorporating Universal Credit full service data into the statistics - see page 6 of document for full explanation. The revised document is dated November 2016.
  13. Revised background information and methodology document - 'Revisions to the statistics' section.
  14. Updated background information and methodology document - revised to support the September release of the Universal Credit statistics. The revised version is still dated March 2016.
  15. Updated background information and methodology document - revised to support the August release of the Universal Credit statistics. The revised version is still dated March 2016.
  16. Updated the background information and methodology for Universal Credit statistics - includes revised information about the Universal Credit national roll-out of the full service.
  17. Updated the background information and methodology for Universal Credit statistics - includes revised information about the roll-out of Universal Credit. The revised version is still dated March 2016.
  18. First published.