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King's Lynn Universal Credit rise as virus takes its toll

Not only has the coronavirus caused a tragic loss of life, it has also affected larger parts of the economy according to North West Norfolk MP James Wild.

Department for Work and Pensions data compiled from local Jobcentres shows 6,199 people in Lynn applied to Universal Credit over the space of a month leading up to April 9, increasing from 4,291 the previous month. On the second Thursday of February, there were a total of 4,125 applicants.

Mr Wild said: “Many people in West Norfolk have benefited from the job retention or self-employment schemes but where they do not qualify then Universal Credit is there to help.

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