DWP statistical summaries

A monthly publication that brings together statistics on benefits administered by DWP and benefit sanctions.

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

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Bereavement Benefit
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Allowance
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Maternity Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • State Pension
  • Widow’s Benefit

To provide a more complete picture of DWP responsibilities, statistics on Housing Benefit and the Child Support Agency are also included.

You can use the summary to:

  • find the numbers of people claiming DWP benefits
  • explore the characteristics of those claiming benefit
  • 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.

Latest summary

We released our latest full Quarterly Statistical Summary (Aug 2014 data) on 18 February 2015 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

The latest, smaller monthly summary (data to Feb 2015) was released in April 2015.

Read previous releases of the statistical summary.

More details

More information and detailed statistics on particular components of the summary include:

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, content and coverage

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.


The summary statistics are for Great Britain. The tabulation tool provides local authority and parliamentary constituency breakdowns for most data. Small area breakdowns can be obtained from Stat-Xplore (Housing Benefit) and Neighbourhood Statistics series for other benefits.

Similar statistics for Northern Ireland are available.

Exploring DWP statistics

You can download and explore DWP statistics with the tabulation tool.

You can use Stat-Xplore to:

  • create customised tabulations
  • view results in interactive charts
  • share outputs via social networking tools or download into common file formats

Stat-Xplore contains data on Housing Benefit claimants only at present.

We also publish:

Policies and methodology

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. This means that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs
  • are well explained and readily accessible
  • are produced according to sound methods
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest

When statistics are designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the code should continue to be observed.

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 related to the DWP statistical summary:

  • quality statement for the DWP statistical summary
  • methodology statement for the DWP statistical summary
  • uses and users of the DWP statistical summary
  • ad hocs and pricing policy

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 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.

Contacts and more information

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

Statistical summaries

  1. DWP statistical summaries 2015

    • 17 April 2015
    • Statistics
  2. DWP statistical summaries 2014

    • 17 December 2014
    • Statistics
  3. Early caseload estimates for working age inactive benefit client groups: guidance

    • 18 March 2015
    • Statistics
  4. DWP statistical summaries 2013

    • 22 January 2014
    • Statistics
  5. DWP statistical summaries 2012

    • 20 May 2013
    • Statistics
  6. DWP statistical summaries 2011

    • 20 May 2013
    • Statistics
  7. DWP statistical summaries 2010

    • 20 May 2013
    • Statistics
  8. DWP statistical summaries – policies and statements

    • 23 June 2011
    • Statistics
  9. DWP statistical summary questionnaire

    • 23 June 2011
    • Statistics