East Ayrshire Universal Credit claims soar during coronavirus pandemic

Universal Credit claims across East Ayrshire have increased by almost a third since the coronavirus pandemic hit the region.

On March 12, a total of 8678 people were claiming Universal Credit.

But by April 9, there were 11,418 people were on the benefits system – a 32 per cent increase.

The increase has been mirrored across the country with Scotland as a whole reporting a 41 per cent increase.

Officials say the figures show the incredible pressures brought to bear...
source: Daily Record

2020-05-29 09:14
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