More than 1500 people receiving Universal Credit support in East Renfrewshire

Donations the SUAT made to the Conservative and Unionist Party were properly reported by the party, the investigation found
Donations the SUAT made to the Conservative and Unionist Party were properly reported by the party, the investigation found

A total of 1574 people in East Renfrewshire are now receiving personalised Universal Credit support, latest figures released show.

Universal Credit, which is now available in every jobcentre across the UK, simplifies the benefit system and replaces six previous benefits with a single monthly payment.

The publication of the latest Universal Credit data comes after it was revealed that the UK employment rate had hit a joint-record high of 76.1 per cent.

Unemployment also dropped over the year to 3.8 per cent in September, with the rate for women of 3.6 per cent now the joint-lowest since records began.

With the benefit now available in all jobcentres, the number of people on Universal Credit will continue to rise naturally, and does not necessarily signify an increase in unemployment for the area.

Minister for Welfare Delivery Will Quince said: “Universal Credit is a force for good, delivering personalised support right across Scotland and helping people find work.

“The employment rate reached a joint-record high and the jobs market continues to go from strength to strength. I have no doubt that this is due in part to our fantastic jobcentre staff, who work tirelessly to help people build their skills and find jobs.

“For people who want to find work, there’s a wide range of help available in jobcentres, including training courses, CV writing sessions and jobs fairs.”

Universal Credit provides tailored support for people who are unemployed, in low-paid work or unable to work due to a disability or health condition. Anyone who thinks they may be eligible for Universal Credit can check online. People can also speak to Citizens Advice, who offer a free Help To Claim service for Universal Credit, funded by the department.

For more information about Universal Credit, please visit www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk