Universal Credit

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) publish experimental monthly Universal Credit statistics by local authority boundary.

The experimental designation is in place owing to the Universal Credit system still being rolled out across the country. Caution should therefore be applied when analysing and interpreting the data. The bulk of the transition to Universal Credit is currently estimated to be completed by 2023.

As from the April 2017 data release, the provisional Universal Credit figures have no longer been analysed by Business Intelligence. However, these, and the revised data in this analysis, can be sourced from the DWP's Stat-Xplore online data selection tool.  

Important notice: data revised downwards from January 2016 to December 2018

The DWP has identified problems relating to individuals with multiple spells on Universal Credit (UC). Instead of showing multiple distinct periods of time when UC was claimed, individuals appear as if they had been on one long claim that started at the time of their original claim. In addition, owing to the input of incorrect dates, some individuals were recorded as being on UC for short periods before or after their genuine start and end dates.

The DWP has now resolved the above issues. As a result, the number of people on Universal Credit has been revised downwards from 8 January 2016 to 13 December 2018. The number removed increases over time, with 36,895 persons (2.4%) removed from the people on UC total at the GB level between the the provisional release of the December 2018 data (published in January 2019) and the revised release of the December 2018 data (published in February 2019). For the Lancashire-12 area, 1,292 persons (7.9%) were removed from the people on UC total over the same period, with downward revisions ranging from 7 people in Ribble Valley to 281 persons in Burnley, and 318 persons in Lancaster. Totals for previous months have also been corrected downwards. 

The issue was addressed in the 19th February 2019 Universal Credit Official Experimental Statistics publication. The DWP recommends that users do not use previously published Universal Credit Official Statistics for People on Universal Credit made between 8th January 2016 and 13th December 2018. Further details are contained the Statistical Notice published by the DWP on 19 February 2019.

Key findings for the Lancashire-14 area

Universal Credit (UC) total persons and rates, December 2018 (revised)

In December 2018, the total number of persons on Universal Credit in Great Britain was 1,534,455 (revised). Of this total, 933,319 persons (60.8%) were 'Not in employment' and 601,134 people (39.2%) were 'In employment'. The total was up by 145,962 (10.5%) on the previous month and up by 842,530 persons (121.8%) over the previous year.

For the Lancashire-12 area, a total of 32,987 persons were on Universal Credit. Of these, 19,595 persons (59.4%) were 'Not in employment' and 13,390 people (40.6%) were 'In employment'. The total was up by 2,144 persons (7.0%) on the previous month and up by 12,158 (58.4%) over the previous year.

The total number of people on Universal Credit in the Lancashire-14 area was 43,312 in December 2018. Of these, 26,377 persons (60.9%) were 'Not in employment' and the remaining 16,939 people (39.1%) were 'In employment'. The total was up by 2,693 persons (6.6%) on the previous month and up by 16,156 (59.5%) over the previous year.

Lancaster had the largest total number of persons on Universal Credit (7,880) within the Lancashire-12 area in December 2018 (revised), followed by Burnley (6,050), Preston (3,854), Hyndburn (3,767) and West Lancashire (3,707). Ribble Valley (409) had the lowest number of persons on Universal Credit in the area.

The Universal Credit figure in Blackburn with Darwen totalled 7,016 people in December 2018, whilst in Blackpool, the total was 3,309 people. These were the second and seventh largest totals in the Lancashire-14 area.

The GB rate for the total number of persons on Universal Credit as a percentage of persons aged 16 to 64 years was 3.8% in December 2018. Rates for the Lancashire-12 area (4.5%) and the Lancashire-14 area (4.7%) were greater than the GB rate.

Five of the Lancashire-12 authorities had rates that were above the GB average (3.9%). Burnley (11.3%) had the highest rate, followed by Lancaster (8.7%), Hyndburn (7.7%), West Lancashire (5.3%) and Preston (4.2%). The rates for Blackburn with Darwen (7.6%) and Blackpool (3.9%) were also above the GB average (3.8%), making a total of seven in the wider Lancashire-14 area. Seven of the Lancashire-12 authorities had rates that were below the GB average, ranging from 2.9% in Chorley, to 1.2% in Ribble Valley.

Universal Credit full service provision rollout

Lancaster became a Universal Credit full service area in July 2016 – the first in the Lancashire-14 area. This means that persons can process claims online, rather than via the phone. More complex claims are also processed. The result has been an acceleration in the number of persons claiming Universal Credit in Lancaster, which has increased more than six fold since July 2016 (up by 6,629 persons, 529.9%). Lancaster had a number of substantial upward revisions over the summer months of 2016. A further impact in Lancaster has been the accelerated reduction in the number of claimants of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) since July 2016, which fell by 72.8% (618 persons), from 849 people in July 2016 to 231 people in July 2018. The JSA claimant proportion for Lancaster fell from 0.9% in July 2016, to 0.3% in July 2017, and remained at that level for the majority of the time to July 2018. Other benefits that are being replaced by Universal Credit may also be similarly affected over time. 

Burnley became a Universal Credit full service area in May 2017, West Lancashire in December 2017, and Blackburn with Darwen and Hyndburn in February 2018. Preston and South Ribble became Universal Credit full service areas in March 2018 and Chorley in April 2018. Pendle, Ribble Valley and Rossendale all became Universal Credit full service areas in July 2018. Fylde, Wyre and Blackpool were the last of the Lancashire-14 areas to transition to Universal Credit full service provision in September 2018.

The total number of people on Universal Credit in Burnley has risen by 4,391 people (264.7%) since May 2017, increasing from 1,659 persons to 6,050 persons, more than tripling. The next greatest percentage rise in total numbers in the Lancashire-14 area was in Blackburn with Darwen (221.7%, +4,835 persons), followed by Hyndburn (184.1%, +2,441 persons) and West Lancashire (152.5%, +2,239 persons) since May 2017 (GB = 198.9%).

The Universal Credit full service rollout schedule for each of the Lancashire-14 authorities is provided below in the background information document (section 1.3).

 

Monthly change in Universal Credit totals 

All of the Lancashire-12 authorities recorded monthly increases to their respective totals for the number of people on Universal Credit. Totals rose the most in Preston (529 persons, 15.9%), followed by Chorley (277 persons, 15.4%), Hyndburn (232 persons, 6.6%), South Ribble (216 persons, 13.0%) and Burnley (215 persons, 3.7%). Blackburn with Darwen (455 persons, 6.9%) recorded the second largest monthly increase in the wider Lancashire-14 area. These six areas became Universal Credit full service areas between May 2017 and April 2018.

Preston (15.9%), Pendle (15.5%), Chorley (15.4%), Ribble Valley (13.9%), South Ribble (13.0%) and Rossendale (11.0%) recorded the largest monthly percentage increases in the total number of persons on Universal Credit in the Lancashire-12 area, all of which were above the GB rise of 7.7%. These percentage increases probably reflect these areas becoming UC full service areas between in March 2018 and July 2018.

Monthly change in total Universal Credit rates 

The GB rate for the total number of persons on Universal Credit rose by 0.4 percentage points over the month to 3.8%. The Lancashire-12 rate increased by a marginally lower 0.3 percentage points, but rose to 4.5%. The rate for the Lancashire-14 area also increased by 0.3 percentage points, but increased to 4.7%, over the month.

Within the Lancashire-12 area, all 12 local authority areas recorded increases to their total Universal Credit rates over the month. The rate for Preston rose the most, increasing by 0.6 percentage points to 4.2% in December 2018. The rate increase for Hyndburn (+0.5 percentage points) was also greater than the GB rise (0.4 percentage points) over the month. In the Lancashire-14 area, the rate for Blackburn with Darwen increased by 0.5 percentage points, to 7.6%. These three areas became Universal Credit full service areas between February 2017 and March 2018.

The rates for Lancaster, Fylde, Wyre and Blackpool each rose by 0.1 percentage point.

Yearly change in Universal Credit totals

Eight of the Lancashire-12 authorities recorded yearly increases to the total number of persons on Universal Credit. Burnley's total rose by the greatest extent (2,383 people, 65.0%) in the Lancashire-12 area, increasing from 3,667 to 6,050 persons. The total for Hyndburn saw the next largest yearly increase (2,301 persons, 157.0%), rising from 1,466 persons to 3,767 persons. West Lancashire (2,213 persons, 148.1%), Lancaster (1,888 people, 31.5%) and Preston (1,854 people, 92.7%) were next in the rankings for yearly increases. Ribble Valley (120 people, 41.5%) saw the smallest yearly increase. Blackburn with Darwen (4,643, 195.7%) recorded the largest yearly increase in the wider Lancashire-14 area, almost tripling from 2,373 people to 7,016 people.

Of the four Lancashire-12 areas that saw reductions in the total number of persons on Universal Credit over the year, Wyre (-155 persons, -13.7%) recorded the largest fall, closely followed by Fylde (-153 persons, -22.3%). Rossendale (-82 persons, -8.9%) and Pendle (-39 persons, -3.7%) were the other two Lancashire-12 areas to see reduction over the year. However, in the wider Lancashire-14 area, Blackpool (-645 persons, -16.3%) saw the greatest fall over the year.

Yearly change in total Universal Credit rates

The GB rate for the total number of persons on Universal Credit rose by 2.1 percentage points over the year, from 1.7% to 3.8%.

Owing to the earlier roll out of Universal Credit in the North West, local rates will have tended to be greater in December 2017 in most instances. The Lancashire-12 area saw the rate for the total number of persons on UC rise by a lower 1.7 percentage points, but increase from 2.8% to 4.5% over the year. The Lancashire-14 area also recorded a yearly rate increase of 1.7 percentage points, rising from 3.0% to 4.7%.

Within the Lancashire-12 area, eight areas recorded yearly rate rises for the total number of persons on Universal Credit. Hyndburn recorded the largest yearly increase, rising by 4.7 percentage points, to 7.7% in December 2018. Burnley (+4.4 percentage points) and West Lancashire (+3.2 percentage points) also saw their rates rise by more than the GB yearly increase of 2.1 percentage points. Blackburn with Darwen (+5.0 percentage points), in the wider Lancashire-14 area, also saw its rate rise by more than the GB yearly increase. These four areas had Universal Credit full service provision rolled between May 2017 and February 2018.

Three of the Lancashire-12 areas saw their total rates fall over the year. The rate for Fylde (-0.3 percentage points) deceased by the greatest extent in the area, followed by Rossendale (-0.2 percentage points) and Wyre (-0.2 percentage points). In the wider Lancashire-14 area, the Blackpool rate fell by a larger 0.7 percentage points.

The total rate for Pendle (1.9%) was the same in December 2018 as it was in December 2017.

Table 1: Total number of persons on Universal Credit and rates (% of persons aged 16 to 64), December 2018 (revised), and monthly and yearly changes.  

Table 2: 'Not in employment' Universal Credit figures.  

Table 3: 'In employment' Universal Credit figures.

Note: Rates are for persons aged 16 to 64, calculated by Business Intelligence, Lancashire County Council, using 2017 Mid-year population estimates (as revised on 22 March 2018). Numbers for the Lancashire-12 and Lancashire-14 areas have been calculated by summing the relevant local authority figures. This month the Lancashire-12 data was not available via the DWP Stat-Xplore web site.   

Source: DWP via Stat-Xplore, People on Universal Credit and Office for National Statistics - 2016 Mid-year population estimates (22 March 2018 revisions).

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'Not in employment' Universal Credit category

The number of persons within the GB 'Not in employment' Universal Credit category was 933,319 in December 2018 (60.8% of the total). The figure was up by 82,271 (9.7%) on the previous month and up by 527,011 persons (129.7%) over the previous year.

In the Lancashire-12 area, the number of persons within the 'Not in employment' Universal Credit category was 19,595 persons in December 2018 (59.4% of the total). This figure was up by 1,211 (6.6%) on the previous month and up by 7,485 persons (61.8%) over the previous year.

For the Lancashire-14 area, the number of persons within the 'Not in employment' Universal Credit category was 26,377 persons in December 2018 (60.9% of the total). This figure was up by 1,714 (6.9%) on the previous month and up by 10,353 persons (64.6%) over the previous year.

Within the Lancashire-12 area, Lancaster (4,414), Burnley (3,900), Preston (2,417) and Hyndburn (2,259) had the greatest number of persons in this category. Across the wider Lancashire-14 area, Blackburn with Darwen (4,624) and Blackpool (2,158) had the largest and sixth largest totals, respectively.

The GB rate for the number of persons in the 'Not in employment' Universal Credit category was 2.3% in December 2018. Rates for the Lancashire-12 area (2.7%) and the Lancashire-14 area (2.9%) were greater than the GB rate.

Five of the Lancashire-12 authorities had rates that were above the GB average (2.3%) for this category, with Burnley (7.3%) having the highest rate in the area, followed by Lancaster (4.9%), Hyndburn (4.6%), West Lancashire (2.9%) and Preston (2.6%). Blackburn with Darwen (5.0%) and Blackpool (2.5%), in the wider Lancashire-14 area, also had rates above the GB average.

Monthly change in 'Not in employment' UC numbers

The GB 'Not in employment' Universal Credit category increased by 82,871 persons (9.7%) between November 2018 and December 2018, to 933,319 people.

Eleven of the Lancashire-12 local authority areas recorded monthly increases to their 'Not in employment' Universal Credit numbers. The largest of these was in Preston (290 persons, 13.6%), followed by Burnley (174 people, 4.7%), Chorley (161 persons, 15.3%), Hyndburn (131 persons, 6.2%) and Pendle (128 persons, 23.6%). Blackburn with Darwen (333 people, 7.8%) saw the largest monthly rise in the Lancashire-14 area. Blackpool (170 people, 8.6%), saw the fourth greatest increase in the area. Pendle (23.9%), Chorley (15.3%), Ribble Valley (13.9%), Preston (13.6%), Fylde (12.3%), South Ribble (11.3%) and Rossendale (10.2%) all recorded monthly percentage increases that were greater than the GB rise (9.7%).

West Lancashire (-14 persons, -0.7%) was the only Lancashire-14 area to recorded a monthly decrease.

Monthly change to 'Not in employment' UC rates

The GB rate for the number of persons in the 'Not in employment' Universal Credit category rose over the month by 0.2 percentage points to 2.3% at December 2018. The Lancashire-12 rate for this category also rose by 0.2 percentage point, rising to 2.7%. Similarly, the Lancashire-14 rate increased by 0.2 percentage points, to 2.9% for this category.

Ten of the Lancashire-12 areas recorded monthly rate rises for the 'Not in employment' Universal Credit category. The rates for Preston, Hyndburn and Burnley increased the most over the month, each rising by 0.3 percentage points. The rates for South Ribble, Pendle and Chorley each rose by 0.2 percentage points, whilst the rates for Lancaster, Fylde, Ribble Valley and Rossendale each rose by 0.1 percentage point for this category. The rate for Blackburn with Darwen in the wider Lancashire-14 area recorded the largest monthly rate increase, rising by 0.4 percentage points.

The rate for Wyre was unchanged over the previous month for this category, whilst the rate for West Lancashire recorded a monthly rate reduction of 0.1 percentage point.

Yearly change in 'Not in employment' UC numbers

The number of people in the GB 'Not in employment' Universal Credit category increased by 527,011 persons (129.7%) between December 2017 and December 2018, to 933,319 people, more than doubling.

Nine of the Lancashire-12 authorities recorded increases to the number of persons within the 'Not in employment' Universal Credit category over the year. Burnley (+1,580 persons, 68.1%) saw numbers rise by the greatest extent for this category in the Lancashire-12 area, rising from 2,320 people to 3,900 persons. Numbers in this category have doubled, or more than doubled in Hyndburn (+1,365 persons, 152.7%), Preston (+1,260 persons, 108.9%), West Lancashire (+1,221 people, 147.8%), Chorley (+605 people, 100.0%) and South Ribble (+539 people, 105.3%) over the year. Lancaster (+930 people, 26.7%) also saw a large numeric rise. However, Blackburn with Darwen (+3,142 persons, 212.0%) saw the largest increase in the wider Lancashire-14 area, more than tripling over the year, with numbers rising from 1,482 persons to 4,624 persons.

Three of the Lancashire-12 authorities saw reductions to the number of persons in the 'Not in employment' Universal Credit category over the year. Wyre (-68 people, -10.4%) recorded the largest yearly reduction, followed Fylde (-56 people, -15.3%) and Rossendale (-31 people, -5.7%). However, it was Blackpool (-274 persons, -11.3%) that saw the greatest fall over the year for this category in the wider Lancashire-14 area.

The 'Not in employment' Universal Credit category accounted for 61.6% (7,485 persons) of the total yearly increase in persons on Universal Credit (12,158 people) in the Lancashire-12 area and 64.1% (10,353 persons) of the Lancashire-14 total rise of 16,156 people (GB = 62.6%).

Yearly change to 'Not in employment' UC rates

The GB rate for the number of persons in the 'Not in employment' Universal Credit category rose by 1.3 percentage points over the year, from 1.0% to 2.3%. The Lancashire-12 area saw a slightly lower rate increase for this category, rising by 1.1 percentage points over the year, to 2.7%. The Lancashire-14 area also recorded an increase of 1.1 percentage points, but increasing to 2.9%.

Nine of the Lancashire-12 authorities saw their 'Not in employment' Universal Credit category rates rise over the year. Burnley recorded the largest yearly rate rise for this category in the Lancashire-12 area, increasing by 3.0 percentage points, to 7.3%. Hyndburn (2.8 percentage points) and West Lancashire (1.7 percentage points) also saw their rates rise by more than the GB average yearly increase (1.3 percentage points). Blackburn with Darwen (+3.4 percentage points) saw its 'Not in employment' Universal Credit rate rise by the largest extent over the year in the wider Lancashire-14 area and greater than the GB yearly average increase.

Three of the Lancashire-12 authorities saw their 'Not in employment' Universal Credit category rates fall over the year. The rates for Fylde, Wyre and Rossendale each decreased by 0.1 percentage point over the year. Blackpool, in the Lancashire-14 area, saw its rate for this category decrease by 0.3 percentage points over the year (the largest fall in the Lancashire-14 area).

'In employment' Universal Credit category

The number of persons within the GB 'In employment' Universal Credit category was 601,134 in December 2018 (39.2% of the total). The figure was up by 63,092 (11.7%) on the previous month and up by 315,516 persons (110.5%), more than doubling over the previous year.

In the Lancashire-12 area, the number of persons within the 'In employment' Universal Credit category was 13,390 persons in December 2018 (40.6% of the total). This figure had increased by 929 people (7.5%) on the previous month and had risen by 4,680 persons (53.7%) over the previous year.

For the Lancashire-14 area, the number of persons within the 'In employment' Universal Credit category was 16,939 persons in December 2018 (39.1% of the total). This figure had risen by 985 persons (6.2%) over the previous month and by 5,815 persons (52.3%) over the previous year.

Within the Lancashire-12 area, Lancaster (3,471), Burnley (2,149), West Lancashire (1,658) and Hyndburn (1,506) had the largest number of persons in this category. Universal Credit full service was rolled out in these areas between July 2016 and February 2018. Ribble Valley (199 persons) had the lowest total for this category in the area. The 'In employment' UC category figures for Blackburn with Darwen (2,397) and Blackpool (1,152) were the second and seventh largest in the wider Lancashire-14 area. UC full service provision was rolled out in Blackburn with Darwen in February 2018, but in Blackpool, it was only rolled out in September 2018. 

The GB rate for persons within the 'In employment' Universal Credit category was 1.5% in December 2018. The rates for both the Lancashire-12 area (1.8%) and the Lancashire-14 area (1.9%) were above the GB rate.

Five of the Lancashire-12 authorities had rates that were greater than the GB average (1.5%) with Burnley (4.0%) and Lancaster (3.8%) having the highest rates in the area for this category, followed by Hyndburn (3.1%), West Lancashire (2.4%) and Preston (1.6%). Blackburn with Darwen (2.6%) and Blackpool (1.3%) had the fourth and seventh highest rates in the wider Lancashire-14 area.

Seven of the Lancashire-12 authorities had rates that were lower than the GB average (1.5%) with Fylde (0.5%) having the lowest rate for this category in the area.

Monthly change to 'In employment' UC numbers

The number of persons within the GB 'In employment' Universal Credit category had increased by 63,092 (11.7%) on the previous month, rising to 601,134 persons in December 2018.

Between November 2018 and December 2018, ten of the Lancashire-12 authorities recorded monthly increases to their 'In employment' Universal Credit category totals. Preston (237 people, 19.8%) and West Lancashire (199 people, 13.6%) recorded the largest monthly increases in the area. Blackburn with Darwen (128 people, 5.6%) saw the third largest monthly increase for this category in the wider Lancashire-14 area. Universal Credit full service provision was rolled out in these areas between December 2017 and March 2018.

Preston (19.8%), South Ribble (16.1%), Ribble Valley (15.7%), Chorley (15.3%), West Lancashire (13.6%) and Rossendale (12.8%) all had monthly percentage increases that were greater than the GB rise of 11.7%.

Two of the Lancashire-12 authorities saw small reductions to the number of persons within the 'In employment' Universal Credit category over the month. Fylde (-11 persons, -4.6%) recorded the largest monthly fall in the area, closely followed by Wyre (-10 persons, -2.5%). Blackpool (-72 people, -5.9%) saw the largest decrease for this category within the Lancashire-14 area. 

Monthly change to 'In employment' UC rates

The GB rate for the number of persons within the 'In employment' Universal Credit category rose by 0.2 percentage points over the previous month to 1.5%. Similarly, the rate for the Lancashire-14 area also increased over the month by 0.2 percentage points, but to 1.9%. The rate for the Lancashire-12 area rose by a marginally lower 0.1 percentage point, to 1.8%.

Eight Lancashire-12 authorities recorded monthly rate rises for the 'In employment' Universal Credit category. The rates for Preston and West Lancashire increased by the largest extent over the month, each rising by 0.3 percentage points. The rates for Hyndburn and Chorley each rose by 0.2 percentage points, whilst the rates for Burnley, South Ribble, Rossendale and Ribble Valley each rose by 0.1 percentage point. The rate for Blackburn with Darwen in the Lancashire-14 area increased by 0.2 percentage points over the month.

The rates for the four remaining Lancashire-12 authorities were unchanged over the month. Blackpool was the only Lancashire-14 area to record a monthly fall to its rate for the 'In employment' Universal Credit category, decreasing by 0.1 percentage point to 1.3%.

Yearly change to 'In employment' UC numbers

The GB 'In employment' Universal Credit category rose by 315,516 persons (110.5%) over the previous year to 601,134 in December 2018.

Eight of the Lancashire-12 authorities saw an increase to the number of persons within the 'In employment' Universal Credit category over the year. The total rose by the greatest amount in West Lancashire (+992 persons, +148.9%), increasing from 666 people to 1,658 persons. The second largest rise was in Lancaster (+962 persons, +38.3%), followed by Hyndburn (+934 persons, +163.3%) and Burnley (+806 persons, +60.0%). However, Blackburn with Darwen (+1,500 persons, +167.2%) recorded the largest increase in the wider Lancashire-14 area, ahead of West Lancashire and Lancaster.

Four of the Lancashire-12 authorities saw reductions to the number of persons within the 'In employment' Universal Credit category over the year. Pendle (-115 people, -24.4%) recorded the largest fall, followed by Fylde (-92 people, -28.8%), Wyre (-90 people, -18.9%) and Rossendale (-51 people, -13.8%). Blackpool (-365 people, -24.1%) also saw a yearly fall in the number of persons in this category, which was the largest reduction in the Lancashire-14 area.

Yearly change to 'In employment' UC rates

The GB rate for the number of persons within the 'In employment' Universal Credit category rose by 0.8 percentage points, to 1.5% over the year. The Lancashire-14 area also saw the rate for the number of persons within the 'In employment' Universal Credit category rise over the year, but by a marginally lower 0.7 percentage points, increasing to 1.9%. The Lancashire-12 area recorded an increase of 0.6 percentage points, rising to 1.8%.

Eight of the Lancashire-12 areas recorded increases to their 'In employment' Universal Credit category rates over the year. Locally, Hyndburn recorded the largest yearly rise in the rate for this category, increasing by 1.9 percentage points, to 3.1%. Burnley (+1.5 percentage points), West Lancashire (+1.4 percentage points) and Lancaster (+1.0 percentage points) also saw their rates rise by more than the GB average (+0.8 percentage points). In the wider Lancashire-14 area, Blackburn with Darwen (+1.6 percentage points) recorded the second largest increase to its 'In employment' Universal Credit category rate over the year. Preston (+0.7 percentage points), South Ribble (+0.5 percentage points), Chorley (+0.5 percentage points) and Ribble Valley (+0.2 percentage points) were the other Lancashire-12 areas to see yearly rate rises for this category.

Pendle (-0.3 percentage points), Wyre (-0.2 percentage points), Fylde (-0.2 percentage points) and Rossendale (-0.1 percentage point) in the Lancashire-12 area each recorded yearly reductions to their 'In employment' UC category rates over the year. Blackpool (-0.5 percentage point) saw the largest yearly reduction to its rate for this category in the Lancashire-14 area.

Data and background information

People on Universal Credit, December 2018 data (revised), plus monthly and yearly changes (XLSX 26 KB)

Persons on Universal Credit, background information PDF document (PDF 898 KB)

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