Abstract of statistics

An annual publication covering statistics on benefits, National Insurance contributions 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 benefits and indices of prices and earnings.

The latest release

On 11 January 2018 we published the DWP abstract of statistics 2017 (the abstract of statistics for benefits and indices of prices and earnings 2017 edition). This edition includes improvements to the methodology to provide more accurate comparisons between the values of benefits, prices and earnings.

Due to these improvements, abstracts of statistics covering the years 2011 to 2016 are no longer directly comparable and have therefore been removed from this page. If you wish to see any of the previous editions, please email

For more information about the changes to this publication, please see the methodology statement.

What the abstract includes

The abstract of statistics contains the following:

  • 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The 2002 to 2010 publications have been archived.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.

Tell us what you think

The information used in this publication is available separately from individual organisations. DWP brings this information together to produce the annual abstract and in light of making efficiency savings is considering discontinuing future publications. We would like to hear your views. Please complete our abstract of statistics questionnaire to tell us what you think.

Contacts and more information

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


  1. Abstract of statistics 2017
Published 17 July 2013
Last updated 11 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. 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.
  2. Added 2016 abstract of statistics.
  3. Added 2015 abstract of statistics.
  4. Added 2014 abstract of statistics.
  5. Abstract of statistics 2013 published
  6. First published.