A monthly summary of the main National Statistics on benefits and benefit sanctions administered by DWP in Great Britain.
The 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 (ESA)
- Incapacity Benefit
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Maternity Allowance
- Pension Credit
- State Pension
- Widow’s Benefit
The summary also includes statistics on Housing Benefit and the Child Support Agency to provide a more complete picture of DWP responsibilities. Similar statistics for Northern Ireland are available.
There is contact information and more about DWP statistics on the Statistics at DWP page.
Use the summaries to:
- find out how many people claim DWP benefits
- explore the characteristics of claimants
- evaluate DWP programmes and benefits
Administrative changes in the benefit system can affect the published numbers so you should read footnotes carefully. The notes section of the statistical summary describes issues, changes and revisions which form part of the summary and explains planned changes.
Changes that may affect these statistics
These statistics are affected by equalisation and other changes to State Pension age.
Referrals to the Work Programme began in June 2011 while new measures to help people into work (‘Get Britain Working’ measures) were introduced and older employment programmes ended. The relevant tabulation tools will remain available for historical analysis.
The relevant publications are:
Frequency and content
We publish a monthly summary of official statistics giving early estimates of the caseload for working age inactive benefit client groups.
Each quarter (in May, August, November and February), the summary is a larger document containing details of other DWP administered benefits and National Statistics on Housing Benefit, Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions and the Child Support Agency.
The early estimates are replaced by the quarterly National Statistics covering the same period when they are published. The National Statistics are the finalised figures.
More detailed statistics
The tabulation tool provides local authority and parliamentary constituency breakdowns for most data. More detailed statistics on certain components of the summary include:
- benefit caseloads and employment programmes (tabulation tool)
- one-click working-age client group data (tabulation tool)
- Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit caseload (Stat-Xplore)
- neighbourhood statistics data: ward and super output area/data zone (tabulation tool)
- census output area data on workless benefit claimants for England and Wales
- Maternity Allowance statistics
Early estimates for working age inactive benefit client groups are now included in the statistical summaries.
We also publish statistics via Nomis.
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 the following specific policies and statements related to DWP statistical summaries.
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