DWP benefits statistical summaries

Quarterly benefits statistical summaries about DWP benefits and sanctions.

Quarterly benefits summary

The quarterly benefits summary is a high level summary of the latest National Statistics on Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) benefits and sanctions. We publish the summary in May, August, November and February.

The quarterly benefits summary used to be called the quarterly statistical summary.

We are considering reducing the frequency of the quarterly benefit summary to six-monthly. This will enable us to develop and publish wider Universal Credit statistics. Email with comments.

The National Statistics benefits included in the summary are:

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

*These benefits are included in the summary data tables but not the main publication.

The quarterly benefits summary now includes a new set of experimental Official Statistics on benefit combinations.

Statistics show the total number of individuals claiming a benefit and the combinations of benefits claimed.

Coverage is for the benefits listed above.

Summary data has been released via a set of data tables showing breakdowns by:

  • working age
  • pension age
  • age band
  • gender
  • time-series back to 2013

The existing client group statistics published by DWP, by the Office for National Statistics in the Labour Market Release and on the Nomis online tool will be withdrawn. This is because the statistics are increasingly incomplete since the introduction of Universal Credit.

Similar statistics for Northern Ireland are available.

Monthly statistical summaries

The monthly statistical summaries are no longer being published. This follows a review that found there was not enough demand for these publications.

The monthly statistical summaries provided early estimates of the number of claimants on Income Support and Employment and Support Allowance. Full National Statistics for these benefits are published as part of the quarterly benefits summary. The early estimates will not be included in the quarterly benefits summary.

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

Statistical summaries

Quarterly benefits summaries on DWP benefits and benefit sanctions.

  1. DWP benefits statistical summaries 2017

    • National Statistics
  2. DWP statistical summaries 2016

    • Official Statistics
  3. DWP statistical summaries 2015

    • Official Statistics
  4. DWP statistical summaries 2014

    • Official Statistics
  5. DWP statistical summaries 2013

    • Official Statistics
  6. DWP statistical summaries 2012

    • Official Statistics
  7. DWP statistical summaries 2011

    • Official Statistics
  8. DWP statistical summaries 2010

    • Official Statistics

Background information and guidance

More detailed information on the National Statistics included in the summaries can be found using the following:

Find future benefits statistical summaries publication dates in our statistics release calendar and more about DWP statistics on the Statistics at DWP page.

Email with feedback and queries about the statistics.

Read our guidance about where to find more detailed information on the benefits.

  1. DWP benefit statistics dissemination tools

    • 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.

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DWP publish historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data which is usually consistent with the annual Budget and Autumn Statement.

Published 16 October 2013
Last updated 15 November 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added a note stating that DWP is considering reducing the frequency of the quarterly benefit summary to six-monthly.
  2. 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.
  3. Added a note that the monthly statistical summaries will no longer be published.
  4. 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.
  5. Added the DWP statistical summaries for 2017, this includes the latest monthly summary for January 2017.
  6. Added information about our plans to stop updating the Tabulation Tool and move our statistics onto Stat-Xplore.
  7. 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.
  8. Published the latest full quarterly statistical summary (data to February 2015) – see DWP statistical summaries 2015.
  9. Published the latest full quarterly statistical summary (data to November 2014) – see DWP statistical summaries 2015.
  10. Published April 2015 monthly statistical summary.
  11. Published a progress update on correcting problems in the latest quarterly release - publication of normal geographical breakdowns will be on 26 March 2015.
  12. Published March 2015 monthly statistical summary.
  13. 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.
  14. Published February quarterly statistics summary.
  15. Added latest monthly summary for January 2015.
  16. Published December 2014 statistical summary.
  17. Published November 2014 quarterly statistics summary.
  18. Published latest monthly stats summary with data to end of August 2014.
  19. Published monthly stats summary with data to end of July 2014.
  20. Published quarterly statistical summary August 2014.
  21. Updated main points from latest DWP Monthly Statistical Summary (July 2014).
  22. Published June 2014 monthly statistical summary.
  23. Quarterly statistical summary May 2014 released.
  24. Updated main points with data from latest monthly statistical summary (March 2014).
  25. Quarterly statistical summary February 2014 released.
  26. Statistical summaries page 2014 added to page. January 2014 monthly summary published.
  27. December monthly summary published
  28. 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.
  29. updated to include the latest summary from the full quarterly National Statistics on benefit claimants published on 13 November 2013.
  30. First published.