DWP statistical summaries

Quarterly statistical summaries about DWP benefits and sanctions, and monthly early estimates of claimant numbers for some benefits.

Quarterly statistical summary

The quarterly statistical summary brings together the main National Statistics on benefits and benefit sanctions administered by DWP, including:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Bereavement Benefit
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Maternity Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • State Pension
  • Universal Credit
  • Widow’s Benefit

It also includes statistics on Housing Benefit and the Child Support Agency to provide a more complete picture of DWP responsibilities.

Revision to Experimental DWP Universal Credit (UC) Official Statistics for claims

There will be a revision to the number of UC claims between 8 April and 1 September 2016 in the 19 October 2016 publication, because of a methodological issue we’ve identified.

Other measures are not affected.

Read the statistical notice for more information.

We publish a quarterly statistical summary in May, August, November and February.

Similar statistics for Northern Ireland are available.

Monthly statistical summary

We also publish a monthly summary of official statistics that provides early estimates of the number of claimants on the main working-age benefits.

These early estimates are replaced by National Statistics covering the same period in the quarterly statistical summary. The National Statistics are the finalised figures.

Using the summaries

Use the summaries to:

  • find out how many people claim DWP benefits
  • explore the characteristics of claimants
  • evaluate DWP programmes and benefits

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

Statistical summaries

  1. DWP statistical summaries 2016

    • Official Statistics
  2. DWP statistical summaries 2015

    • Official Statistics
  3. DWP statistical summaries 2014

    • Official Statistics
  4. DWP statistical summaries 2013

    • Official Statistics
  5. DWP statistical summaries 2012

    • Official Statistics
  6. DWP statistical summaries 2011

    • Official Statistics
  7. DWP statistical summaries 2010

    • Official Statistics

More detailed statistics

In June 2016 we notified users via a statistical notice that we will stop updating the DWP Tabulation Tool. The November 2016 release of the Tabulation Tool will be the last but it will still be available with historic data until March 2017. The latest data available in the Tabulation Tool will be at May 2016. Read more about our plans to stop updating the Tabulation Tool and move our statistics onto the Stat-Xplore online tool.

The tabulation tool provides local authority and parliamentary constituency breakdowns for most data. More detailed statistics on certain components of the summary include:

We also publish statistics via Nomis.

  1. DWP tabulation tool guidance

    • Guidance

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 on DWP statistical summaries.

  1. DWP statistical summaries – policies and statements

    • Official Statistics

Tell us what you think

We want to make sure interested users are aware of future consultations to help us improve our statistics and ensure value for money. Complete our statistical summary questionnaire below to tell us what you think about our statistics.

You can also join the ‘Welfare and benefits’ community at We’ll post announcements and background information in this forum. You can also use the forum to discuss statistical issues with other users.

  1. DWP statistical summary: user questionnaire

    • Form