The abstract is an annual National Statistics publication that aims to provide a reference source for users interested in the main aspects of benefit uprating and indices of prices and earnings.
Plans to discontinue this publication
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) plans to discontinue the annual abstract of statistics publication. This is primarily to save resource and to allow us to focus on higher priority work. Benefit uprating information contained in previous abstract of statistics publications will continue to be available on GOV.UK. Data relating to inflation, prices and earnings is available on the Office for National Statistics website.
Since the abstract of statistics 2017, the publications have included improvements to the methodology to provide more accurate comparisons between the values of benefits, prices and earnings. Due to these improvements, publications covering the years 2011 to 2016 are no longer directly comparable and have therefore been removed from this page. To request previous publications, email email@example.com.