A nationwide online application has become more popular with people applying for unemployment benefit in the UK.

Foodstamp is now used in a greater proportion of applications.

The number of applications for the food stamp benefit increased from 10 per cent in February 2016 to 11 per cent last month.

Applications for unemployment benefits were up slightly from 5 per cent to 5.6 per cent and the unemployment benefit was up by 0.2 per cent from 3.6 million to 4.5 million.

But the unemployment rate fell to 8.3 per cent.

The rise in applications comes as the UK government faces questions over the cost of unemployment benefits, which are used to feed the unemployed.

In January, the government announced a further $4.9bn increase in unemployment benefits to help those looking for work in the economic downturn.

More: The latest figures for unemployment claims are available from the Office for National Statistics