Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
The recently released official experimental statistics- "Universal Credit: 29 April 2013 to 8 March 2018 " (available online here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics... ) show that slightly over a quarter of claims to universal credit have not resulted in a "start" on that benefit (ie an award of benefit).
I would be grateful if you could release:
1. Any internal analysis of the reasons why a claim for universal credit does not result in a start (ie of those claims that are unsuccessful how many are because the basic conditions not met, how many because the financial conditions not met, how many are withdrawn, how many do not proceed to an award because the claimant fails to book or attend interview etc).
2. In particular any analysis of the numbers of claims made each month which are refused because the claimant does not book or attend either the evidence of identity interview and/or the commitments interview).
Ideally I would prefer the analysis to focus on full service cases only but please release whatever you have. If you do not have the figures for the whole period or broken down per month or you only have figures for a sample of claims then I will settle for that.
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