Data released this week by the Office for National Statistics shows that, in November 2016, Bexley’s active benefit claimant count (those in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit) fell by 10 compared to October 2016 to stand at 2,005.
Source: ONS – Claimant Count and Jobseeker’s Allowance data
For the first time since the new benefit was introduced in February 2016, estimates suggest there was a decrease in the number of Bexley residents in receipt of Universal Credit. The estimated number of Universal Credit claimants in Bexley fell by 10 from October 2016 to stand at 615 in November 2016.
The number of residents claiming JSA did not change from October 2016. This is very un-typical of this time of year where larger falls in the active claimant count are seen due to seasonal recruitment being in effect.
November is, however, the second successive month with a decline in the total active benefit claimant count for Bexley and continues to provide the potential for a sub-2,000 count before the end of the calendar year. The figures for December 2016, due to be released on 18 January 2017, will tell us whether this has been achieved.
The latest nomis labour market profile for Bexley can be found at https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/reports/lmp/la/1946157262/report.aspx