December saw rise in Isle of Wight residents claiming out of work benefits

There’s been another rise in the number of Isle of Wight residents claiming out of work benefits, and a rise since the same time last year

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Figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that 2,385 people in the Isle of Wight area were claiming ‘out of work benefits’ during December 2019 – these figures also includes Universal Credit figures (see below).

The figures show a rise of 110 since November, when there were 2,275 claimants, and a rise of 645 from December 2018 (1,740 JSA claimants).

Universal Credit now rolled-out
The latest figures now include the roll-out of Universal Credit providing a broader span of claimants than previously. The number of people recorded as being on the Claimant Count was expected to rise.

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Breakdown of claimants
Of those claiming in December 2019,

  • 1,405 were male
  • 980 were female
  • 5 were 16-17
  • 485 were aged 18 To 24
  • (285 were aged 18 To 21)
  • 1,225 were aged 25 To 49
  • 670 were aged 50+

That means 2.8% of the resident population of area aged 16-64 is claiming out of work benefits – 0.8% more than the rest of the South East (2.0%), and 0.1% less than the whole of the UK (2.9%).

New measures
The measure of those receiving ‘out of work benefit’s has been changed by the Office of National Statistics. In the past it was based purely on those claiming Job Seekers Allowance.

The change now includes Universal Credit.

They say,

The Claimant Count is the number of people claiming benefit principally for the reason of being unemployed.

This is measured by combining the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) and National Insurance credits with the number of people receiving Universal Credit principally for the reason of being unemployed. Claimants declare that they are out of work, capable of, available for and actively seeking work during the week in which the claim is made.

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Tuesday, 21st January, 2020 9:36am



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