Abstract of statistics

An annual publication covering statistics on benefits and indices of prices and earnings in Great Britain.

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.

To send us your views on these plans, complete our questionnaire, or email

Latest publication

On 26 March 2019, we published the abstract of statistics 2018.

What the abstract includes

The abstract of statistics contains:

  • DWP benefit uprating history
  • the rates of benefit time series
  • links or pointers to all previously published elements
  • supporting Excel tables showing historical figures back to 1948

Appendix B of the annual abstract of statistics lists series that are no longer included, with links to the data sources.

The 2002 to 2010 publications have been archived.

Our policies and procedures

We’ve published our policies and procedures for DWP statistics in the interests of transparency and to comply with the UK Statistics Authority code of practice.

We’ve also published specific policies and statements related to the DWP abstract of statistics.

Recent changes

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

More information about the changes to this publication is available in the methodology statement.

Contacts and more information

There is contact information and more about DWP statistics on the Statistics at DWP page.


  1. Abstract of statistics 2018
  2. Abstract of statistics 2017
Published 17 July 2013
Last updated 26 March 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added the abstract of statistics 2018.
  2. Added 2017 abstract of statistics. Abstracts for the years 2011 to 2016 have been removed as they are no longer directly comparable following improvements to the methodology in 2017.
  3. Added 2016 abstract of statistics.
  4. Added 2015 abstract of statistics.
  5. Added 2014 abstract of statistics.
  6. Abstract of statistics 2013 published
  7. First published.