Out-of-work benefits

Date 1 September 2017
Date updated 28 October 2020

Proportion of Londoners aged 16-64 on out-of-work benefits by benefit type (2014-2020 (Q1))

The proportion of working-age Londoners on out-of-work benefits has fallen since 2014, but has risen slightly since a recent low in 2017. 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, 0.2% of working-age Londoners were out of work and claiming Universal Credit in 2016. By February 2020, this proportion had risen to 3.2% of the working-age population. 

Compared to London, the proportion of the working-age population on out-of-work benefits was higher in the rest of England between 2014 and 2020.