DWP benefits statistics

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

Bereavement Support Payment statistics

The release of benefit statistics on 15 May 2018 included the first official experimental statistics on the Bereavement Support Payment (BSP). DWP statisticians are continuing to develop the statistics, so the initial release of data is limited.

We will preannounce further releases of BSP statistics on this page and in the statistics release calendar.

DWP statistical geographies

DWP are making improvements to the geography information published as part of this statistical release. This will involve replacing all 2001 Census Output Area (COA) 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.

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

Income Support lone parents by ethnicity statistics

As notified in February 2018, the final release of the Income Support lone parents by ethnicity statistics, showing data to November 2017 has now been published.

Email if you have any comments or question about the information above.

This collection brings together summary National and Official statistics on the following benefits:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Benefit Combinations
  • Bereavement Benefit*
  • Bereavement Support Payment*
  • 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 data tables only.

Data is released on a quarterly basis via Stat-Xplore, the Nomis online tool or data tables where appropriate.

From February 2018, the main statistical release document is published on a 6 monthly basis in February and August each year.

From August 2017, new experimental official statistics on Benefit Combinations was included.

The 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 also been released via a set of data tables showing breakdowns by:

  • gender
  • age
  • working age or State Pension age
  • geographical area (Great Britain, country, region, Local Authority, Westminster parliamentary constituency)
  • combinations of DWP benefits claimed
  • individual DWP benefit claimed
  • time-series from August 2018 via Stat-Xplore and back to 2013 via supporting tables

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 stopped in May 2017 for November 2016 data. This is because the statistics were increasingly incomplete since the introduction of Universal Credit.

Similar statistics for Northern Ireland are available.

DWP is currently investigating a discrepancy with the medical condition and International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes for:

  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Incapacity Benefit (IB)
  • Severe Disablement Allowance (SDA)

We’ve removed this breakdown from Stat-Xplore, while the scale of this issue is assessed.

Please use caution when viewing this breakdown in other publications (such as NOMIS and supplementary data tables). We’ll publish further updates about this issue on this page.

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

Latest release

  1. DWP benefits statistics summaries 2018

    • National 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.

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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Previous releases

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.

  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

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 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added information about new official experimental statistics on the Bereavement Support Payment (BSP), and improvements to DWP statistical geographies.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Added a note stating that DWP is considering reducing the frequency of the quarterly benefit summary to six-monthly.
  6. 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.
  7. Added a note that the monthly statistical summaries will no longer be published.
  8. 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.
  9. Added the DWP statistical summaries for 2017, this includes the latest monthly summary for January 2017.
  10. Added information about our plans to stop updating the Tabulation Tool and move our statistics onto Stat-Xplore.
  11. 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.
  12. Published the latest full quarterly statistical summary (data to February 2015) – see DWP statistical summaries 2015.
  13. Published the latest full quarterly statistical summary (data to November 2014) – see DWP statistical summaries 2015.
  14. Published April 2015 monthly statistical summary.
  15. Published a progress update on correcting problems in the latest quarterly release - publication of normal geographical breakdowns will be on 26 March 2015.
  16. Published March 2015 monthly statistical summary.
  17. 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.
  18. Published February quarterly statistics summary.
  19. Added latest monthly summary for January 2015.
  20. Published December 2014 statistical summary.
  21. Published November 2014 quarterly statistics summary.
  22. Published latest monthly stats summary with data to end of August 2014.
  23. Published monthly stats summary with data to end of July 2014.
  24. Published quarterly statistical summary August 2014.
  25. Updated main points from latest DWP Monthly Statistical Summary (July 2014).
  26. Published June 2014 monthly statistical summary.
  27. Quarterly statistical summary May 2014 released.
  28. Updated main points with data from latest monthly statistical summary (March 2014).
  29. Quarterly statistical summary February 2014 released.
  30. Statistical summaries page 2014 added to page. January 2014 monthly summary published.
  31. December monthly summary published
  32. 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.
  33. updated to include the latest summary from the full quarterly National Statistics on benefit claimants published on 13 November 2013.
  34. First published.