Charities are blaming low wages and housing costs
Around a third of Teessiders on Universal Credit are employed, but need to claim as their low wages are not enough to live on. Charities say the “shocking” number of in-work applicants is due to low wages and housing costs.
According to Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) figures, there were 1,379 employed people claiming Universal Credit on Teesside in July 2018. That is 498 in Stockton – or 31% of the total number of people on the benefit, one of the lowest rates in the country. In Middlesbrough, 470 claimants were in work and there were 411 in Redcar and Cleveland – both around 34% of the total.
Universal Credit is a new benefit, slowly being rolled out by the Government, which replaces six legacy benefits and merges them…
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