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New research funded by the Nuffield Foundation has found that a decades-long decline in the proportion of people in households receiving benefits has been partially reversed during the coronavirus pandemic, driven by a sharp rise in the number of young adults in need. help.

The proportion of adults aged 16-24 receiving benefits rose by two-thirds, from 9% to 15% between February 2020 and 21, according to analysis of UK government figures by the Resolution Foundation.

The share of 25-29 year olds receiving state social benefits rose from 17% to 24%, while 27% of 30-59 year olds claimed benefits in February 2021, up from 22% previously. Immediately before the pandemic, 62% of the UK population lived in households that received at least one benefit.

These included child benefit, state pension and tax credits, as well as other working-age benefits such as the Personal Independence Payment (PIP). That’s down from 72% in 2005, according to the report by think tank, Age-old or new-age.

This decline has been driven by changes such as the abolition of child benefits for high earners, an increase in the state retirement age and rising employment and incomes, which means that some families were no longer eligible, he said.

But the “dizzying” spike in new claims during the pandemic has partly reversed that trend, with the Resolution Foundation estimating that 64% of people now live in a household receiving benefit income.

The number of families receiving income-related benefits of working age increased by 1.4 million in 12 months to reach 7.5 million in February 2021.

It also identified a “potentially worrying” increase in the number of older claimants applying for Universal Credit, with 34,000 more people over the age of 50 receiving the benefit since February.

The Resolution Foundation said that while the number of families receiving benefits has declined in recent months, the number of families receiving benefits is expected to remain above pre-crisis levels until next year.

With record numbers of people receiving Universal Credit payments, it says the UK government’s decision to scrap the temporary £20-a-week increase from September will “have a bigger impact on people’s living standards than ever before. families across the country.

Karl Handscomb, senior economist at the Resolution Foundation, said: “After a decades-long decline in the share of families receiving benefits, the Covid-19 crisis has led to an increase in claims, with an additional 1.4 million families now asking for help.

“The surge in pandemic benefits has been driven by young people – a group that has traditionally been least likely to claim benefits – and reflects the fact that they have been by far the hardest hit by the Covid economic crisis.”

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