Press release: Government launches consultation on Claimant Count

first_img Scotland (local media enquiries) 0131 310 1122 Press Office Twitter – www.twitter.com/dwppressoffice Facebook – www.facebook.com/dwp LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/dwp YouTube – www.youtube.com/dwp More informationThe consultation will run for 8 weeks until 21 July 2018. Caxton HouseTothill StreetLondonSW1H 9NA Follow DWP on: England and Wales (local media enquiries) 029 20 586 then 097 or 098 or 099 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is consulting on a new measure of the number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits to provide consistency over time.This follows a decision by the UK Statistics Authority to remove the National Statistics quality mark from the current Claimant Count statistics as they no longer provide a reliable measure of movements in the labour market.The Claimant Count is rising in areas where Universal Credit has rolled out because it is counting people in the ‘Searching for Work’ Universal Credit conditionality group. Some of these people would not previously have been included in the Claimant Count under Jobseeker’s Allowance.More consistent data will allow more meaningful comparisons over time so that the government can be held to account for its progress on supporting everyone who wants to work, to find a job.In a consultation launched today by Minister of State for Employment Alok Sharma MP, the DWP is seeking views on 2 alternative options.Having a more accurate picture will help Local Authorities and Jobcentre Plus understand the needs in their communities.Minister of State for Employment Alok Sharma said: I am delighted that we have record employment in the British economy, but it is also important that we have an accurate measure of the number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits so we can provide support to those wanting to move into work or to a better paid job. I urge all those with an interest in this area to take part in this consultation. Read the consultation on Proposals for a new statistical series to count unemployed claimants London Press Office (national media and London area enquiries only – not questions about personal claims) 020 3267 5144 Contact Press Office Out-of-hours (journalists only) 07623 928 975last_img read more