The number of people claiming universal credit in Wales has grown by nearly two thirds in just nine months.
Figures published by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) reveal the exact number of people claiming the new benefit in each local authority in Wales, with numbers varying greatly between areas.
Universal credit - which is the biggest change to the welfare state in a generation - was fully rolled out to all Jobcentres in Wales in December last year to replace six other benefits with a single monthly payment.
The roll-out for new claimants and for people with altered circumstances started in Wales in April, 2017, in Flintshire , with new areas being added ever since.
The latest figures, published by the DWP, show that more than 120,000 people in Wales are now receiving universal credit, up by nearly two thirds in nine months. In December, there were 76,072 people claiming universal credit across Wales.
By the end of the full roll-out - scheduled for 2023 - Citizens Advice estimates that more than 400,000 households in Wales will be in receipt of the new benefit. We spoke to lots of them for a special report earlier this year.
From the beginning, flaws have been identified with the new benefits system, such as the fact families have had to go for five weeks until the first payment comes through.
In February, a damning report by Citizens Advice found half of people claiming universal credit are struggling to keep a roof over their heads and research shows food bank usage rises in areas where universal credit has been rolled out. According to the Trussell Trust, food banks see a 52% increase in demand 12 months after rollout.
Minister for Welfare Delivery Will Quince insists Universal Credit "is a force for good" and had "delivering personalised support right across Wales and helping people find work".
He added: "This week the employment rate reached a joint-record high and the jobs market continues to go from strength to strength. I have no doubt that this is due in part to our fantastic jobcentre staff, who work tirelessly to help people build their skills and find jobs.
“For people who want to find work, there’s a wide range of help available in jobcentres, including training courses, CV writing sessions and jobs fairs.”
There are now 3,428 people claiming universal credit in Blaenau Gwent, up from 1,927 last December.
The benefits change was rolled out in the area in July 2018 and Jessica, a single mum in her thirties, is one of the people who is struggling under universal credit.
Five years ago, she was working in Cardiff , bringing home £2,000 a month. But things took an unexpected turn when the relationship with her husband broke down, leaving her with no income, a mortgage and a young child.
Already in £15,000 of debt, she told us about her worries of losing her home - it's a choice between paying her mortgage and keeping her daughter warm and properly fed. You can read her story here .
Also in Blaenau Gwent, a mum who was left living on £80 after her partner died was banned from universal credit.
A total of 5,824 people are on the new benefit in Bridgend, up from 3,772 last December.
Having been rolled out to the area in May, 2018, there are now 6,658 universal credit claimants in Caerphilly , up from 3,166 nine months ago.
Watch this mum speaking after her benefits were stopped:
A total of 15,061 people are now receiving universal credit in Cardiff, up from 11,085 last December.
It was introduced in Cardiff in February, 2018, but in August a woman from Trowbridge spoke out after her universal credit was cut because she had a miscarriage and missed an appointment.
A total of 4,591people are now on universal credit in Carmarthenshire, which is a big increase from 778 last December.
Some job centres in Carmarthenshire were among the last ones to join the universal credit live service. These included Ammanford, Carmarthen and Llanelli .
After being rolled out in Swansea in December 2017, there are now 11,730 people on universal credit in Swansea, up from 9,494 last December.
Last year, we told the story of a single mum facing having to survive Christmas with little over £20 because of a mistake with her universal credit payment.
The woman, who we called Helen, found out she would only receive £598 this month, instead of her normal allowance of £998.
After paying her rent, which is £575 a month, the mum had just £24 to live on until mid-January.
The number of people claiming universal credit in Ceredigion is now 1,318, up from 240 nine months ago.
A total of 6,880 people are now receiving universal credit in Flintshire, up from 6,099 in December.
Flintshire was among the first areas in Wales where the roll-out for new claimants or people with altered circumstances started, back in April, 2017.
There are now 2,923 universal credit claimants in Merthyr Tydfill, up from 1,670 last December.
The benefits change was first introduced in the area in March 2018 .
According to the latest figures, the number of universal credit claimaints in Monmouthshire is 2,063, up from 1,328 nine months ago.
Neath Port Talbot
In Neath Port Talbot , 7,532 are now universal credit, up from 6,448 in December last year.
The major benefits change is having a massive impact in the county according to a senior housing officer at the local authority, since it was introduced in the area in October, 2017.
We have told the story of Geraldine Hill , who survived for more than two decades on benefits without falling into debt.
The grandmother - who is unable to work due to anxiety, depression and lung disease - single-handedly brought up three children with little to get by on. But following a switch to universal credit, she had to turn to food banks, couldn't afford to watch TV and was left in hundreds of pounds of debt.
A total of 8,580 people are now claiming the new benefit in Newport, up from 7,318 in December last year.
There are 3,752 people claiming universal credit in Pembrokeshire, up from 1,728 nine months ago.
There are now 2,657 universal credit claimants in Powys, up from 984 last December.
Rhondda Cynon Taf
In Rhondda Cynon Taf , 7,835 are on universal credit, up from 2,061 last December.
Universal credit was rolled out in the area in November 2017.
There are 5,764 people claiming universal credit in Torfaen, a small increase from 5,236 in December last year.
With universal credit being rolled out in July, 2017, Torfaen is one of the areas to have had the benefits change for more time in Wales.
Vale of Glamorgan
A total of 3,554 people are claiming universal credit in the Vale of Glamorgan, up from 1,215 last December.
Universal credit was rolled out in the the job centres in Barry and Penarth in October, 2018.
Conwy, Denbighshire and Anglesey
Latest figures show there are now 4,233 people receiving universal credit in Conwy, compared to 4,228 in Denbighshire and 1,666 in Anglesey.