Statistics at DWP

We publish statistics on benefits, pensions, employment programmes, income distribution and other subjects we are responsible for.


Published and upcoming statistics

We publish Official and National Statistics on a regular basis. They provide accurate and impartial information about Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) benefits and related subjects.

Browse our statistics by theme.

Use search terms and filters to find published statistics and details of upcoming statistics in our statistics release calendar.

Find details of developments coming to our statistics in our statistical work programme.

Ad hoc statistics

We also publish ad hoc statistics. These are published in response to specific questions and are not part of our regular Official and National Statistics publications.

View details of our upcoming ad hoc statistics.

Management information and ad hoc analyses

We also publish management information and ad hoc analyses that are not classified as statistics (or research). These are published in the interests of transparency and are not part of our regular Official and National Statistics publications.

View details of our upcoming management information and ad hoc analyses.

We also publish our responses to Freedom of Information requests related to DWP statistics.

Data analysis tools

Explore DWP data in more depth using our data analysis tools.

Data visualisations

You can explore and customise DWP statistics using the following interactive data visualisations:

Stat-Xplore

Stat-Xplore is an online tool that allows the creation and download of customised statistical tables, as well as data visualisation through interactive charts. It currently holds statistics on:

  • Alternative Claimant Count
  • Attendance Allowance (AA)
  • Benefit Cap
  • Benefit Combinations
  • Bereavement Benefits
  • Bereavement Support Payment
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Child Maintenance Service
  • Children in Low Income Families
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • ESA Work Capability Assessments
  • Households Below Average Income
  • Housing Benefit (HB)
  • Incapacity Benefit and Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB)
  • Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • National Insurance number allocations to adult overseas nationals
  • Pension Credit
  • Pensioner Income
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Population Estimates
  • Sanction decisions for:
    • Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
    • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
    • Income Support (IS)
    • Universal Credit (UC)
  • State Pension
  • Support for Mortgage Interest
  • Universal Credit
  • Widow’s Benefit
  • Work and Health Programme
  • Work Programme

Changes to DWP statistical geographies

Due to increasing demand from users, DWP is making improvements to the published geography information in its National and Official statistics releases. This includes data released on Stat-Xplore. Read our DWP statistical geographies note for more information about the changes.

DWP statistics and contacts by theme

Browse our regular statistical releases by theme below.

Children, families and bereavement

Bereavement Benefit – Part of our DWP benefit statistics.
Contact: alan.gibson@dwp.gov.uk, 0300 038 1096

Bereavement Support Payment – Part of our DWP benefit statistics.
Contact: alan.gibson@dwp.gov.uk, 0300 038 1096

Child maintenance arrangements made after speaking to CM Options – Estimated numbers of different types of child maintenance arrangement made after speaking to Child Maintenance (CM) Options from survey data.
Contact: cm.analysis.research@dwp.gov.uk

Child Maintenance Service statistics – Statistics on cases processed under the 2012 statutory child maintenance scheme.
Contact: cm.analysis.research@dwp.gov.uk

Child Support Agency (CSA) statistics – Statistics on the CSA statutory child maintenance schemes and CSA case closures.
Contact: cm.analysis.research@dwp.gov.uk

Children in out-of-work benefit households – Numbers of children living in households where a parent or guardian claimed out-of-work benefits. This series ended in 2018.

Children in low income families: local area statistics – Number and percentage of children living in relative and absolute low income families. Contact: russ.bentley@dwp.gov.uk

European Social Fund (ESF) support for families with multiple problems (ceased) – Statistics on the ESF support for families with multiple problems programme. This series ended in October 2015.

In Work Credit (ceased) – Take-up of the In Work Credit (IWC), a financial incentive available to lone parents moving into work. This series ended in May 2014.

Income Support lone parent regime – This statistical series has ended. The statistics are now included in our benefits statistical summaries and benefit sanctions statistics.

Lone parents receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance – Number of lone parents receiving JSA. This series ended in May 2018.

Maternity Allowance – Number of women claiming Maternity Allowance.
Contact: alan.gibson@dwp.gov.uk, 0300 038 1096

Separated families statistics – Estimates relating to separated families and their child maintenance arrangements.
Contact: cm.analysis.research@dwp.gov.uk

Social Justice outcomes framework: family stability indicator – Family stability indicator results. This series was last published in March 2016.

Widow’s Benefit – Part of our DWP benefit statistics.
Contact: alan.gibson@dwp.gov.uk, 0300 038 1096

Troubled Families programme – Statistics on benefits and employment for individuals and households on the programme. This statistical series has ended.

Universal Credit and Child Tax Credit claimants: statistics related to the policy to provide support for a maximum of 2 children – Statistics about the policy that provides support for a maximum of 2 children in Universal Credit and Child Tax Credit.
Contact: ally.mays@dwp.gov.uk

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Employment support schemes

Access to Work recipients – Statistics on the number of people who had Access to Work provision approved.
Contact: access.toworkstatistics@dwp.gov.uk

DWP CFO European Social Fund (ESF) 2014 to 2020 – Statistics on the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014 to 2020 employment programme operated by DWP as a co-financing organisation (CFO) in England.
Contact: giovanna.mollo@dwp.gov.uk

European Social Fund (ESF) support for families with multiple problems (ceased) – Statistics on the ESF support for families with multiple problems programme. This series ended in October 2015.

Help to Work – a range of options that helped long-term unemployed people into work. This series ended in March 2018.

Income Support lone parent regime – This statistical series has ended. The statistics are now included in our benefits statistical summaries and benefit sanctions statistics.

JSA: Six Month Offer (ceased) – Take-up of the Six Month Offer, a recruitment subsidy for job seekers that ended in March 2011.

JSA: Young Person’s Guarantee (YPG) – Statistics on YPG, which offered up to 24 weeks full-time training for unemployed young people. This series ended in April 2011.

New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) – Statistics on NEA including number of starts with a business mentor and the number of business starts.
Contact: caitlin.pritchard@dwp.gov.uk

Provider-Led Pathways to Work – Numbers of starts to the programme (now closed) and resulting job starts. This series ended in October 2011.
Contact: hatti.archer@dwp.gov.uk

Pre-Work Programme, New Enterprise Allowance, Youth Offer and Youth Contract – Statistics on pre-Work Programme mandatory programmes and work experience, sector-based work academies and Youth Contract Wage Incentives.
Contact: caitlin.pritchard@dwp.gov.uk

Specialist Employability Support – the number of referrals to the programme and the corresponding numbers of starts and participants who find a job. Contact: archer.halsejobshare@dwp.gov.uk

Troubled Families programme – Statistics on benefits and employment for individuals and households on the programme. This statistical series has ended.

Work Choice: number of starts and referrals – Numbers of referrals to the Work Choice programme, starts and participants who find a job.
Contact: archer.halsejobshare@dwp.gov.uk

Work Programme – Statistics on people joining the Work Programme, participants achieving defined periods in work and participants completing the programme.
Contact: cm.analysis.research@dwp.gov.uk

Work and Health Programme – Statistics on people referred to and starting on the Work and Health Programme.
Contact: epass.team@dwp.gov.uk

Youth Unemployment Innovation Fund pilot – Statistics on the pilot including number of participant starts, positive outcomes and evaluation findings. This statistical series has ended.

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Equality information

Equality information – Equality statistics on DWP employees and claimants
Contact: health.wellbeingandinclusion@dwp.gov.uk

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Health, disability and care

Attendance Allowance – Part of our DWP benefit statistics.
Contact: alan.gibson@dwp.gov.uk, 0300 038 1096

Carer’s Allowance – Part of our DWP benefit statistics.
Contact: alan.gibson@dwp.gov.uk, 0300 038 1096

Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme – Includes statistics on applications received, success rates and payment. This series ended in August 2019. The information will continue to be published in the DMPS annual review.
Contact: caxtonhouse.dmps@dwp.gov.uk

Disability Living Allowance – Part of our DWP benefit statistics.
Contact: alan.gibson@dwp.gov.uk, 0300 038 1096

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) summary – Part of our DWP benefit statistics.
Contact: alan.gibson@dwp.gov.uk, 0300 038 1096

ESA: incapacity benefits reassessment (ceased) – Statistics on the reassessment of incapacity benefits claimants for ESA. This series ended in November 2012.

ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessment – Work Capability Assessment outcomes for new ESA claims and incapacity benefits claims converted to ESA.
Contact: alan.gibson@dwp.gov.uk, 0300 038 1096

ESA sanctions – Number of sanctions imposed on people who receive ESA.
Contact: epass.team@dwp.gov.uk

Incapacity Benefit – Part of our DWP benefit statistics.
Contact: alan.gibson@dwp.gov.uk, 0300 038 1096

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit – Part of our DWP benefit statistics.
Contact: alan.gibson@dwp.gov.uk, 0300 038 1096

Life Opportunities Survey – Data on how disabled and non-disabled people participate in society. This series ended in September 2015.

Opinions and Lifestyle survey: ‘Fulfilling Potential’ outcomes and indicators
Data measuring indicators in the Fulfilling Potential disability strategy outcomes and indicators framework. This series was last published in August 2015.

Personal Independence Payment – Includes numbers of claims in payment, new claim registrations, decisions and awards made.
Contact: jess.arrowsmith@dwp.gov.uk

Severe Disablement Allowance – Part of our DWP benefit statistics.
Contact: alan.gibson@dwp.gov.uk, 0300 038 1096

The employment of disabled people – Detailed analysis and break downs of the number of disabled people in employment.
Contact: mark.burley1@dwp.gov.uk

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Housing and heating

Cold Weather Payments – Estimated number of Cold Weather Payments and total amounts paid.
Contact: socialfundstrategy.singlepointofcontact@dwp.gov.uk

Discretionary Housing Payments – Statistics on local authorities’ use of Discretionary Housing Payment funds.
Contact: andrew.stocks@dwp.gov.uk

Housing Benefit (HB) and Council Tax Benefit – Includes numbers receiving HB and the amount received. Council Tax Benefit data was provided to 2013.
Contact: alan.gibson@dwp.gov.uk, 0300 038 1096

HB caseload – Numbers of HB claimants.
Contact: alan.gibson@dwp.gov.uk, 0300 038 1096

HB entitlement reductions – Statistics on HB entitlement reductions identified by local authorities as a proportion of expected reductions. This statistical series has ended.
Contact: hbfe.performance@dwp.gov.uk

HB flows data – Numbers of HB claims beginning and ending.
Contact: alan.gibson@dwp.gov.uk, 0300 038 1096

HB debt recoveries – Data on incorrectly overpaid Housing Benefit (formerly HB recoveries and fraud)
Contact: hbdr.nino.statisticsteam@dwp.gov.uk

HB speed of processing – Measure of the average time it takes to process a new claim or a change in circumstance of an existing claimant.
Contact: james.gray9@dwp.gov.uk

Winter Fuel Payment – Includes recipient and household data, and payments in EEA countries and Switzerland.
Contact: jenny.kay1@dwp.gov.uk

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Income and living standards

Children in out-of-work benefit households – Numbers of children living in households where a parent or guardian claimed out-of-work benefits. This series ended in 2018

Children in low income families: local area statistics – Number and percentage of children living in relative and absolute low income families.
Contact: russ.bentley@dwp.gov.uk

Combined working age absolute low income and material deprivation estimates – experimental statistics on working-age adults in combined absolute low income and material deprivation.
Contact: team.povertystats@dwp.gov.uk

Family Resources Survey – Facts and figures about the incomes and living circumstances of households and families in the UK.
Contact: team.frs@dwp.gov.uk

Households below average income (HBAI) – Number and percentage of people living in low-income households in the UK.
Contact: team.hbai@dwp.gov.uk

Income dynamics – Data on changes in incomes in the UK including a measure of the extent to which people experience persistently low income.
Contact: teamincome.dynamics@dwp.gov.uk

Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up – Estimates of the take-up of the main income-related benefits in Great Britain.
Contact: irb.takeup@dwp.gov.uk

Income Support – Part of our DWP benefit statistics.
Contact: alan.gibson@dwp.gov.uk, 0300 038 1096

Income Support sanctions – Number of sanctions imposed on people who receive Income Support.
Contact: epass.team@dwp.gov.uk

Pension Credit – Part of our DWP benefit statistics.
Contact: alan.gibson@dwp.gov.uk, 0300 038 1096

Pensioners’ Incomes series – Annual statistics on pensioners’ incomes.
Contact: pensioners-incomes@dwp.gov.uk

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Pensions and older people

Attendance Allowance – Part of our DWP benefit statistics.
Contact: alan.gibson@dwp.gov.uk, 0300 038 1096

Cold Weather Payments – Estimated number of Cold Weather Payments and total amounts paid.
Contact: socialfundstrategy.singlepointofcontact@dwp.gov.uk

Economic labour market status of individuals aged 50 and over – Trends over time in the economic labour market status of individuals aged 50 and over.
Contact: 50pluschoices.analysis@dwp.gov.uk

Neighbourhood statistics data: ward and super output area/data zone – Numbers of DWP benefit claimants within small geographical areas.
Contact: judith.correia@dwp.gov.uk

Older workers statistical information booklet (ceased) – Labour market position of people aged 50 and over up to June 2013. This series ended in July 2015

Pension Credit – Part of our DWP benefit statistics.
Contact: alan.gibson@dwp.gov.uk, 0300 038 1096

Pension provision (ceased) – Statistics on people who qualify for State Pension and people with some kind of second tier pension cover. This series ended in April 2013.
Contact: judith.correia@dwp.gov.uk

Pensioners’ Incomes series – Annual statistics on pensioners’ incomes.
Contact: pensioners-incomes@dwp.gov.uk

State Pension – Part of our DWP benefit statistics.
Contact: alan.gibson@dwp.gov.uk

Winter Fuel Payment – Includes recipient and household data, and payments in EEA countries and Switzerland.
Contact: jenny.kay1@dwp.gov.uk

Workplace pension participation and savings trends – Workplace pension participation and saving trends, and estimates of the future impacts of automatic enrolment in them.
Contact: workplacepensions.reformsevaluation@dwp.gov.uk

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Spending, fraud and error

Abstract of statistics – Statistics on benefits, National Insurance contributions and indices of prices and earnings in Great Britain.
Contact: alan.gibson@dwp.gov.uk, 0300 038 1096

Benefit cap – Statistics on households affected by the benefit cap.
Contact: cbm.stats@dwp.gov.uk

Fraud and error in the benefit system – Estimates of fraud and error levels in the benefit system in Great Britain.
Contact: caxtonhouse.femaenquiries@dwp.gov.uk

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Work and unemployment

Alternative Claimant Count statistics – Number of people claiming unemployment related benefits.
Contact: russ.bentley@dwp.gov.uk

Census output area data on workless benefit claimants – Numbers of people by area claiming JSA, ESA, Income Support and other income-related benefits. This series has been suspended and the latest data is for August 2015.
Contact: judith.correia@dwp.gov.uk

Duration on working-age benefits – The length of time that claimants receive working-age benefits. This series ended in April 2016.

Economic labour market status of individuals aged 50 and over, trends over time – statistics on the economic labour market status of individuals aged 50 and over.
Contact: 50pluschoices.analysis@dwp.gov.uk

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) summary – Part of our DWP benefit statistics.
Contact: alan.gibson@dwp.gov.uk, 0300 038 1096

ESA: incapacity benefits reassessment (ceased) – Statistics on the reassessment of incapacity benefits claimants for ESA. This series ended in November 2012.

ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessment – Work Capability Assessment outcomes for new ESA claims and incapacity benefits claims converted to ESA.
Contact: ioana.criclevit@dwp.gov.uk

ESA sanctions – Number of sanctions imposed on ESA claimants.
Contact: epass.team@dwp.gov.uk

In Work Credit (ceased) – Take-up of the In Work Credit, a financial incentive available to lone parents moving into work. This series ended in May 2014.

Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) – Part of our DWP benefit statistics.
Contact: alan.gibson@dwp.gov.uk, 0300 038 1096

JSA sanctions – Number of sanctions imposed on people who receive JSA.
Contact: epass.team@dwp.gov.uk

JSA: Six Month Offer – Quarterly statistics detailing take-up of the Six Month Offer, a recruitment subsidy for job seekers that ended in March 2011. This series ended in October 2011.

JSA: Young Person’s Guarantee (YPG) – Quarterly statistics on YPG, which offers up to 24 weeks full-time training for unemployed young people. This series ended in April 2011.

Lone parents receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance – Number of lone parents receiving JSA. This series ended in May 2018.

Labour market status by ethnic group – Statistics on labour market status by ethnic group. This series ended in April 2016.

National Indicators – Employment rates and ‘out of work benefits’ claimed by area. This series ended in May 2013.

National Insurance number allocations to adult overseas nationals –National Insurance number allocations by nationality at point of NINo registration of DWP benefit recipients.
Contact: hbdr.nino.statisticsteam@dwp.gov.uk

Neighbourhood statistics data: ward and super output area/data zone – Data on DWP benefit claimants within small geographical areas.

The employment of disabled people – Detailed analysis and break downs of the number of disabled people in employment.
Contact: mark.burley1@dwp.gov.uk

Universal Credit – Number of people and households on Universal Credit, starts and claims made.
Contact: team.ucos@dwp.gov.uk

Universal Credit sanctions – Number of sanctions imposed on people who receive Universal Credit.
Contact: epass.team@dwp.gov.uk

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DWP research

As well as statistics, we also publish research and analysis.

DWP benefit expenditure and caseload tables

Our benefit expenditure and caseload tables provide historic and forecast expenditure and caseload information.

Contacts: general enquiries

Contacts for DWP specific statistics are listed above.

General enquiries Contact
General statistical enquiries igs.foi@dwp.gov.uk
Forecasting, trends and projections expenditure.tables@dwp.gov.uk
Analytical tools and model development tim.knight@dwp.gov.uk

Policies and procedures for DWP statistics

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.

Pre-release access to statistics

We’ve published the DWP arrangements for pre-release access to statistics in the interests of openness and transparency. This provides details of the job titles of everyone who has pre-release access and the organisations to which they belong.

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