Out-of-work benefits

Date 1 September 2017
Date updated 20 April 2020

Proportion of Londoners aged 16-64 on out-of-work benefits by benefit type (2013-2019)

The proportion of working-age Londoners on out-of-work benefits has fallen in the period since 2013 shown in this indicator. The types of benefits claimed by those out of work has also changed in recent years, as Universal Credit has rolled out across the capital. 

For example, 0.3% of working-age Londoners were out of work and claiming Universal Credit in 2016. By 2019, this proportion had risen to 2.5% of the working-age population. 

Across this whole period, the proportion of the working-age population on out-of-work benefits was higher in the rest of England than in London.

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