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.
The National Statistics benefits included in the summary are:
Disability Living Allowance
Employment and Support Allowance
Personal Independence Payment
Severe Disablement Allowance
*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:
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by DWP, by the Office for National Statistics in the Labour Market Release and on the Nomis online tool will be withdrawn.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.
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.
Quarterly benefits summaries on DWP benefits and benefit sanctions.
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. While we assess the scale of the issue we have removed this breakdown from Stat-Xplore. Caution should be used when viewing this breakdown through other mechanisms, such as NOMIS and supplementary tables. We will provide an update once we have more information.
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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.
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.
Added a note stating that DWP is considering reducing the frequency of the quarterly benefit summary to six-monthly.
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.
Added a note that the monthly statistical summaries will no longer be published.
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.
Added the DWP statistical summaries for 2017, this includes the latest monthly summary for January 2017.
Added information about our plans to stop updating the Tabulation Tool and move our statistics onto Stat-Xplore.
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.
Published the latest full quarterly statistical summary (data to February 2015) – see DWP statistical summaries 2015.
Published the latest full quarterly statistical summary (data to November 2014) – see DWP statistical summaries 2015.
Published April 2015 monthly statistical summary.
Published a progress update on correcting problems in the latest quarterly release - publication of normal geographical breakdowns will be on 26 March 2015.
Published March 2015 monthly statistical summary.
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.
Published February quarterly statistics summary.
Added latest monthly summary for January 2015.
Published December 2014 statistical summary.
Published November 2014 quarterly statistics summary.
Published latest monthly stats summary with data to end of August 2014.
Published monthly stats summary with data to end of July 2014.
Published quarterly statistical summary August 2014.
Updated main points from latest DWP Monthly Statistical Summary (July 2014).
Published June 2014 monthly statistical summary.
Quarterly statistical summary May 2014 released.
Updated main points with data from latest monthly statistical summary (March 2014).
Quarterly statistical summary February 2014 released.
Statistical summaries page 2014 added to page. January 2014 monthly summary published.
December monthly summary published
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.
updated to include the latest summary from the full quarterly National Statistics on benefit claimants published on 13 November 2013.