This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Daily number of applications for Universal Credit 2015 - England Only'.


DWP Central Freedom of Information Team
Caxton House
6-12 Tothill Street
London
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Emily Silcock 
request-1021826-
DWP Website
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Our Ref: See ref numbers below 
29 September 2023
Dear Emily Silcock,
Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FoI) requests received on 4, 5, 6, 8 and 11 
September. The reference numbers and an example of what you wrote is below:
Housing Benefit (HB) daily applications for 2020, 2021 2022 (3 requests)
FOI2023/67708, FOI2023/67709, FOI2023/67713
 “Could I please have the exact same data as FOI2023 38880, but for 2022 instead of 
2019?
Link to FOI2023 38880: 
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/daily_number_of_applications_for_4#incomi
ng-2336171”

Universal Credit (UC) daily applications 2020, 2021, 2022 (3 requests) 
FOI2023/67701, FOI2023/67704, FOI2023/67706
“I would like to request the number of applications made for Universal Credit, at a daily 
level, for each day in 2022.
To be clear, I would like the total number for each day separately, so a sample dataset 
could have every date in 2022 in the first column and the applications in the second 
column. The date should be the date that the initial application was made, not the date 
of the decision - and I would like all applications, whether or not they were successful.”
UC daily applications 2013 to 2022 – England (11 requests)
FOI2023/68188, FOI2023/68192, FOI2023/68193, FOI2023/68199, FOI2023/68201, 
FOI2023/68203, FOI2023/68205, FOI2023/68206, FOI2023/68208, FOI2023/68483, 
FOI2023/68485

“I would like to request the number of applications made for Universal Credit, at a daily 
level, for each day in 2020, only including those applications that were made in 
England.
To be clear, I would like the total number for each day separately, so a sample dataset 
could have every date in 2020 in the first column and the applications in the second 
column. The date should be the date that the initial application was made, not the date 
of the decision - and I would like all applications, whether or not they were successful.”
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HB daily applications 2010 to 2021 – England (12 requests)
FOI2023/69015, FOI2023/69017, FOI2023/69020, FOI2023/69023, FOI2023/69036, 
FOI2023/69044, FOI2023/69051, FOI2023/69052, FOI2023/69472, FOI2023/69474, 
FOI2023/69476, FOI2023/69478

“I would like to request the number of applications made for Housing Benefit, at a daily 
level, for each day in 2020, only including those applications that were made in 
England.
To be clear, I would like the total number for each day separately, so a sample dataset 
could have every date in 2020 in the first column and the applications in the second 
column. The date should be the date that the initial application was made, not the date 
of the decision - and I would like all applications, whether or not they were successful.”
DWP Response
We can confirm that we hold the information falling within the description specified in your 
request. 
Section 12(4) of the FoI Act and also the Freedom of Information and Data Protection 
(Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 provides that requests can be aggregated for 
the purpose of estimating whether the cost limit applies, providing they relate to any extent to 
the same or similar information and the requests are received from the same individual or 
different persons who appear to the public authority to be acting in concert or in pursuance of a 
campaign.
This is where more than one request has been made within 60 consecutive working days 
relating to the same or similar information and the requests have been made by the same 
person. This includes adding to the estimated costs of complying with a later request, the cost 
of complying with a request that has already been answered. We have therefore aggregated 
the following requests under this provision:
Housing Benefit (HB) daily applications 2010 to 2022 (not including 2019) (12 requests)
FOI2023/51556, FOI2023/51558, FOI2023/51565, FOI2023/51571, FOI2023/51574, 
FOI2023/51576, FOI2023/59338, FOI2023/59343, FOI2023/59351, FOI2023/67708, 
FOI2023/67709, FOI2023/67713
 
 
Universal Credit (UC) daily applications 2020, 2021, 2022 (3 requests) 
FOI2023/67701, FOI2023/67704, FOI2023/67706
UC daily applications 2013 to 2022 – England (11 requests)
FOI2023/68188, FOI2023/68192, FOI2023/68193, FOI2023/68199, FOI2023/68201, 
FOI2023/68203, FOI2023/68205, FOI2023/68206, FOI2023/68208, FOI2023/68483, 
FOI2023/68485

HB daily applications 2010 to 2021 – England (12 requests)
FOI2023/69015, FOI2023/69017, FOI2023/69020, FOI2023/69023, FOI2023/69036, 
FOI2023/69044, FOI2023/69051, FOI2023/69052, FOI2023/69472, FOI2023/69474, 
FOI2023/69476, FOI2023/69478

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We estimate that the cost of complying with your aggregated requests would exceed the 
appropriate limit for central Government, set by regulations at £600. This represents the 
estimated cost of at least one person spending 3½ working days (equivalent to 24 staff-hours) 
in determining whether the Department holds the information, and locating, retrieving and 
extracting it. 
Under Section 12(4) of the Freedom of Information Act the Department is not therefore obliged 
to comply with your requests as we have aggregated the cost of processing them together and 
as such, we will not be processing them any further. The time already spent on providing the 
information requested, together with the time to provide the newly requested information and 
then the time to produce additional breakdowns for England grossly exceed the cost limit. For 
information, the only geography readily available for applications is postcode area or district 
but as these do not align with country borders, we are unable to breakdown statistics on 
applications to just England within the cost limit.
Under section 16 of the FoI Act we should help you narrow your requests so that they may fall 
beneath the cost limit. We will consider afresh any revised request however we cannot 
guarantee that any revised request will fall within the cost limit.
We feel that you should limit your requests to ask for information on applications in Great 
Britain. Furthermore, we suggest that in future, instead of submitting multiple individual 
requests over several months you please submit one request covering all aspects you wish to 
cover. In this case we suggest you ask for: 
1. The number of applications made for Universal Credit in Great Britain, at a daily level, 
for each day in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
2. The number of applications made for Housing Benefit in Great Britain, at a daily level, 
for each day in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
If you have any queries about this letter, please contact us quoting the reference numbers 
above.
Yours sincerely,
DWP Central Freedom of Information Team
Department for Work and Pensions
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