DWP benefits statistics

National and Official statistics on the main benefits administered by DWP.

This collection brings together summary National and Official statistics available through Stat-Xplore and Nomis on the following benefits:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Benefit Combinations
  • Bereavement Benefit
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Housing Benefit
  • Incapacity Benefit (IB)
  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Severe Disablement Allowance (SDA)
  • State Pension
  • Universal Credit
  • Widow’s Benefit

National and Official statistics on the following benefit breakdowns are published quarterly via data tables within this collection:

  • Bereavement Support Payment (experimental)
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance by average weekly amount
  • State Pension 5% sample (bi-annual)

Similar statistics for Northern Ireland are available.

DWP statistical geographies

DWP is making improvements to the geography information published as part of this statistical release. This will involve replacing all 2001 Census Output Areas (COAs) based geography information with more up to date geographies based on 2011 COAs.

We intend to commence these changes in the second half of 2018. We have no plans to update any statistics we’ve already published.

Housing Benefit residency based geographies have been updated in the August 2018 release to reflect 2011 COAs for data from April 2018. Statistics are available through Stat-Xplore. We are working towards updating geographies for other benefits later this year.

Read our DWP statistical geographies note for more information about the changes.

Bereavement Support Payment statistics

Official experimental statistics on the Bereavement Support Payment have been extended in the August 2018 release to include breakdowns by age, gender and geography.

Medical condition and ICD codes: revisions notice

DWP have improved the methodology for the publication of statistics on the international Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes. This is sometimes referred to in DWP statistics as medical condition codes. This information was previously removed from the National Statistics for ESA, IB and SDA due to the discovery of a discrepancy with the methodology.

This information has been published again as part of the 14 August 2018 statistics release and will reflect data as at February 2018.

We have no plans to reproduce a back-series of this data because this would be resource intensive to do. We believe it is better to use the resource to continue producing existing statistics and to develop new statistics that are being requested by users. We will provide explanatory notes for the historical data.

The issue was caused by the methodology used to map the administrative medical codes to ICD classification codes. Some administrative codes were no longer being used or were assigned to other conditions.

Approximately 18% of the DWP medical codes were incorrectly mapped to the wrong statistical medical condition groups.


If revised mappings were applied to data as at November 2017 then 93% of the high level medical codes would remain the same. The largest effect would be for the following 4 high level groups:

  • mental and behavioural disorders – increase of 28,600 (2%)
  • certain infectious and parasitic diseases – decrease of 22,300 (65%)
  • injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external – decrease of 36,800 (39%)
  • factors influencing health status and contact with health services – increase of 34,800 (122%)

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Latest release

  1. DWP benefits statistics 2018

Previous releases

  1. DWP benefits statistical summaries 2017
  2. DWP statistical summaries 2016
  3. DWP statistical summaries 2015
  4. DWP statistical summaries 2014
  5. DWP statistical summaries 2013
  6. DWP statistical summaries 2012
  7. DWP statistical summaries 2011
  8. DWP statistical summaries 2010

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Published 16 October 2013
Last updated 14 August 2018 + show all updates
  1. Note added about medical condition and International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes.
  2. Note added that DWP will publish ESA, IB and SDA and ESA sanctions data again by high level medical conditions in the next statistical publication, on 14 August 2018.
  3. Added information about new official experimental statistics on the Bereavement Support Payment (BSP), and improvements to DWP statistical geographies.
  4. Added a note that the DWP benefit statistics due for release on 15 May 2018 will include official experimental statistics on the Bereavement Support Payment (BSP).
  5. Added a note stating that DWP is investigating a discrepancy with the medical condition/International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes for Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit and Severe Disablement Allowance.
  6. Added the DWP statistical summaries for 2018, which include the latest quarterly summary for February 2018. Also added a note stating that DWP will reduce the frequency of the quarterly benefit summary to 6-monthly.
  7. Added a note stating that DWP is considering reducing the frequency of the quarterly benefit summary to six-monthly.
  8. Added a note stating that the quarterly statistical summary due to be released on 16 August 2017 will include a new set of experimental Official Statistics on benefit combinations.
  9. Added a note that the monthly statistical summaries will no longer be published.
  10. Added a note stating that the quarterly statistical summary due to be released on 17 May 2017 will include statistics on the number of sanction decisions for Universal Credit.
  11. Added the DWP statistical summaries for 2017, this includes the latest monthly summary for January 2017.
  12. Added information about our plans to stop updating the Tabulation Tool and move our statistics onto Stat-Xplore.
  13. Added a link and note about a revision to the number of Universal Credit claims between 8 April and 1 September 2016 in the 19 October 2016 publication, because of a methodological issue we've identified.
  14. Published the latest full quarterly statistical summary (data to February 2015) – see DWP statistical summaries 2015.
  15. Published the latest full quarterly statistical summary (data to November 2014) – see DWP statistical summaries 2015.
  16. Published April 2015 monthly statistical summary.
  17. Published a progress update on correcting problems in the latest quarterly release - publication of normal geographical breakdowns will be on 26 March 2015.
  18. Published March 2015 monthly statistical summary.
  19. Added under 'Latest summary' - After thorough investigation, we have confirmed that this issue does not affect 5% tabulation tool breakdowns. Therefore, we will now release the 5% tabulation tool (including data for August 2014) on Friday 27 February at 9.30am. New publication dates for 100% and flows tabulation tools will be pre-announced here as soon as they are available.
  20. Published February quarterly statistics summary.
  21. Added latest monthly summary for January 2015.
  22. Published December 2014 statistical summary.
  23. Published November 2014 quarterly statistics summary.
  24. Published latest monthly stats summary with data to end of August 2014.
  25. Published monthly stats summary with data to end of July 2014.
  26. Published quarterly statistical summary August 2014.
  27. Updated main points from latest DWP Monthly Statistical Summary (July 2014).
  28. Published June 2014 monthly statistical summary.
  29. Quarterly statistical summary May 2014 released.
  30. Updated main points with data from latest monthly statistical summary (March 2014).
  31. Quarterly statistical summary February 2014 released.
  32. Statistical summaries page 2014 added to page. January 2014 monthly summary published.
  33. December monthly summary published
  34. Link to Census Ouput Area numbers on workless benefit claimants for England and Wales redirected from the DWP Tabtool page to the Census output area data on workless benefit claimants in 2013 collections page.
  35. updated to include the latest summary from the full quarterly National Statistics on benefit claimants published on 13 November 2013.
  36. First published.