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Universal Credit figures rise in Rutland and South Kesteven

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The numbers of people claiming Universal Credit in Rutland and South Kesteven rose at the tail end of last year as the impact of Covid-19 on the economy continues to bite.

Latest figures released this week showed an extra 145 residents needing support in South Kesteven between November 12 and December 10, taking the total number to 11,036.

In Rutland, there was an increase of 18 claimants in the same period, taking the total number to 2020.

Across the East Midlands, the figure rose by 7,697 to a total of 401,644.

DWP Universal Credit (36872644)
DWP Universal Credit (36872644)

The Alternative Claimant Count figures, for those claiming Universal Credit who are required to look for work, or additional work, have more than doubled over the last 12 months.

This total for November stood at 4,125 in South Kesteven - a rise of 2,031 from the previous 12 months - and 750 for Rutland, up by 469 on November 2019.

Among the 18 to 24-year-old age bracket, these figures had almost quadrupled in Rutland, up by 94 to 126, and increased by 404 claimants in South Kesteven to 790.

The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP) hold their next monthly virtual careers fair on February 25 from 10am to 1pm.

For more details, visit greaterlincsjobsfair.co.uk

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