Number of universal credit claimants doubles since start of pandemic to 6 million, figures show

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The number of people claiming universal credit in the UK has doubled since the start of the pandemic, new figures show.

Government figures released on Tuesday show the number of people receiving the welfare benefit has surged from 3 million in March 2020 to 6 million in January 2021.

The biggest monthly surge was between March and April, when the figure rose by 40 per cent. But claimant numbers have continued to increase month on month, rising by 6 per cent – or 330,000 around people - between September 2020 and January 2021.

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