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Work and Health Programme statistics

Official experimental statistics on the Work and Health Programme.

The Work and Health Programme (WHP) predominantly helps disabled people, as well as the long-term unemployed and certain other priority groups (known as early access groups) to enter into and stay in work.

From November 2018, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has released experimental statistics about WHP. These provide information on a regular basis about the number of:

  • referrals to WHP
  • starts to WHP
  • job outcomes (added in May 2019)
  • first earnings from employment (added in February 2020)
  • provider performance levels (added in November 2020)

Statistics covered in this publication include data collected during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The measures taken during the pandemic have had an impact on the delivery of the WHP and on its performance. During the first wave of the pandemic – in March 2020 – DWP deployed a number of measures to deal with the unprecedented levels of demand on the department and therefore there were lower numbers of referrals to the WHP during this time.

DWP’s priority continues to be ensuring people get their benefit payments and to provide support for those who need it the most. As face-to-face meetings were also suspended, DWP provided additional online signposting to the WHP, and enabled self-referrals from individuals who were eligible. Providers took alternative routes to service delivery including digital options and providing a telephony service to ensure support continued. Additionally, some employment sectors were unable to recruit and others saw substantial reductions in job opportunities.

This context should be considered when assessing the success or timeliness of outcomes from the programme in relation to this period.

From August 2020, further breakdowns of these statistics are available on Stat-Xplore, an online tool for exploring some of the main DWP statistics.

Find announcements on the future releases of WHP statistics in the statistics calendar.

Latest release

During the production process of the May 2022 release, a minor undercount in the published figures of individuals referred to WHP between October 2020 and November 2021 was discovered. The latest release of the statistics includes the revised figures for this period. For more information, please see the background and methodology note.

Previous releases

Guidance

Consultation

This consultation has now closed. Read our formal response in the latest update to the Work and Health Programme statistics release strategy.

Release strategy

Published 7 August 2018
Last updated 26 May 2022 + show all updates
  1. Added a link to the latest release of Work and Health Programme statistics - this has data to February 2022.

  2. Added a link to the latest release of Work and Health Programme statistics - this has data to November 2021.

  3. Added a link to the latest release of Work and Health Programme statistics - this has data to August 2021.

  4. Added a link to the latest release of Work and Health Programme statistics - this has data to to May 2021.

  5. Added a link to the latest release of Work and Health Programme statistics with data to February 2021.

  6. Added a link to the latest release of Work and Health Programme statistics with data to November 2020.

  7. Added a link to the latest release of Work and Health Programme statistics, with data to August 2020.

  8. Added a link to the latest release of Work and Health Programme statistics, with data to May 2020.

  9. Added a link to the latest release of Work and Health Programme statistics, with data to February 2020.

  10. Added a link to the latest release of Work and Health Programme statistics, with data to November 2019.

  11. Added a link to the latest release of Work and Health Programme statistics, with data to August 2019.

  12. Added a link to the latest release of Work and Health Programme statistics, with data to May 2019.

  13. Added a link to the latest release of Work and Health Programme statistics, these have data to February 2019.

  14. Added link to latest Work and Health Programme Statistics to November 2018.

  15. Published the first release of Work and Health Programme statistics, this has data to August 2018.

  16. First published.