Universal credit claims continue to rise in West and Mid Sufoflk
The number of people claiming Universal Credit in West Suffolk rose by more than 2,700 between March and August, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
According the latest figures, published on September 15, the number of people claiming Universal Credit in West Suffolk in March, just before lockdown, totalled 2,070.
The corresponding figure for mid-Suffolk was 945.
From March onwards, the number of claimants in West Suffolk rose sharply, jumping to 3,850 by April, to 4,765 in May, but dropped slightly by mid June to 4,510.
They then rose again to 4,595 in July and 4,785 by mid August.
In Mid Suffolk, the figures were 1,780 claimants in April, 2,350 May, levelling off to 2,235 in June, 2,320 in July and remaining at this figure by mid August.