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.
In the November 2017 quarterly benefit summary, we invited comments on a proposal to reduce the frequency of the quarterly benefit summary to 6-monthly to enable us to develop and publish higher priority statistics.
Following feedback, we will continue to release data on a quarterly basis via Stat-Xplore and NOMIS but will reduce the frequency of the quarterly benefit summary document to a 6-monthly release in February and August. From February 2018, we will also stop releasing the supporting tables for data which is already accessible via Stat-Xplore or NOMIS. Therefore the February 2018 quarterly benefit summary will be the last quarterly release of the summary.
We also plan to stop publishing Income Support lone parents by ethnicity statistics, meaning May 2018 (showing data to November 2017) will be the final release.
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The National Statistics benefits included in the summary are:
- Attendance Allowance
- Bereavement Benefit*
- Bereavement Support Payment* – from 15 May 2018
- 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
- 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by DWP, by the Office for National Statistics in the Labour Market Release and on the Nomis online tool will be withdrawn.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.