LEEDS: Universal Credit claimants at work more than double during pandemic, claims report

According to documents due to be presented to regional council leaders next week, the number of UC claims by people at work is “133% higher” than pre-pandemic levels in February 2020. He added that this number has continued to increase in October and November. 2021 by one percent.

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Despite this, however, the number of Universal Credit applicants overall continued to decline last month, but is still 42% higher than pre-pandemic levels.

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The newspaper said: “The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be a central factor in the lives of people in West Yorkshire. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA.

The number of online job vacancies also fell in December by 22% in Leeds and 54% in Kirklees. This would be due to the Omicron Covid variant, as hospitality, food, tourism and sales were the most affected sectors.

The consumer price index, which measures inflation, rose 5.4% in the 12 months to December. Governments generally aim for inflation of 2% per year.

The newspaper said: “The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be a central factor in the lives of people in West Yorkshire.

“Particularly since the emergence of the Omicron variant in late 2021, there has been increasing focus on the potential spread of the virus, the need to boost immunity through vaccination and to re-enact certain levels of restrictions to reduce close contacts.

“As of this writing in January 2022, West Yorkshire has seen its highest number of Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, but hospitalized patients with Covid-19 remain below the peak of January 2021.

“The Plan B restrictions introduced by the UK government are in place (as of the end of January 2022), and this has had a particular impact on sectors such as hospitality and leisure. Uncertainty over the future direction of the pandemic and the need for further restrictions are key to West Yorkshire’s economic recovery in 2022, alongside wider factors of rising inflation, rising costs energy and persistent challenges around supply chains.

The report will be discussed by members of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority on Thursday February 3.

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