Abstract of statistics

An annual publication detailing rates of time series and indices of prices and earnings for benefits and National Insurance contributions.


  1. Documents

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 19 March 2014 we released the latest DWP abstract of statistics (2013) (The abstract of statistics for benefits, National Insurance contributions, and indices of prices and earnings 2013 Edition).

The latest release updates the 2012 abstract of statistics previously released on 17 July 2013.

Coverage: Great Britain
Geographic Breakdown: None
Frequency: Annual
Next release date: Provisionally spring 2015

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

The following series, previously published as part of the abstract, are available links or other DWP publications (see annex B for sources). The Abstract of Statistics no longer includes:

  • section 1: RPI, ROSSI, New ROSSI and CPI time series
  • section 3.1: The Average Earnings Index time series
  • section 3.2: The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) time series
  • section 4: Net Income after Housing Costs for hypothetical family types
  • section 6: Rates of National Insurance and their rules
  • section 7: Expenditure on benefits

All previous publications (2002-2010) have been archived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:

  • Quality statement for the DWP abstract of statistics
  • Methodology statement for the DWP abstract of statistics
  • Uses and users of the DWP abstract of statistics

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics are:

  • well explained and readily accessible
  • produced according to sound methods
  • managed impartially and objectively in the public interest

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

Tell us what you think

The information used in this publication is available separately, via the internet, published by 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 2013

    • 19 March 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Abstract of statistics 2012

    • 17 July 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. Abstract of statistics 2011

    • 18 July 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics
  4. DWP abstract of statistics questionnaire

    • 9 July 2013
    • Statistics
  5. DWP abstract of statistics – policies and statements

    • 9 July 2013
    • Statistics
  6. Response to a consultation on the future of the DWP abstract of statistics

    • 23 June 2010
    • Statistics