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Benefit expenditure and caseload tables 2014

Historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data for people receiving benefits.

Documents

Outturn and forecast: Autumn Statement 2014

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Outturn and forecast: Budget 2014

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Benefit expenditure by Parliamentary constituency from 2000/01 to 2013/14

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Benefit expenditure by local authority from 2000/01 to 2013/14

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Benefit expenditure by region 1996/97 to 2013/14

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DLA expenditure by reported medical condition and rate paid 1992/93 to 2013/14

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Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit expenditure by local authority 1996/97 to 2013/14

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Long term projections of pensioner benefits: tables

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State Pension expenditure by country of residence 1995/96 to 2013/14

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Details

This page contains historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data for people receiving benefits, consistent with the Autumn Statement 2014 Economic and Fiscal Outlook (3 December 2014). They are produced under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). They reflect the government’s delivery plans, and the OBR’s additional judgements as set out in their Economic and Fiscal Outlook.

Historic expenditure figures may differ from those published in the accounts due to differing definitions and the inclusion of data that has become available since. Historic caseload data also comes from statistical reports, although may differ from published figures because these tables provide estimates for financial years, rather than point-in-time figures. Some historical information may differ from that previously published on these pages where:

  • new information has become available
  • methods for estimating expenditure have been improved

Since the previous edition there have been some changes to presentation of Social Fund and Universal Credit expenditure in the tables.

The government has introduced a cap on certain items of welfare spending, excluding State Pensions and the most cyclical elements of welfare. The government formally defined and initially set the cap in Budget 2014. It applies to spending from the financial year 2015/16 until the end of the forecast period. Welfare cap forecasts are included from 2014 publications onwards, but only cover the elements of welfare spending covered by DWP and HMRC. Other spending within the welfare cap is detailed in the OBR’s Economic and Fiscal Outlook.

Forecasts use a number of techniques appropriate to the particular benefits, taking into account demographic, economic, social and policy factors.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is currently investigating a discrepancy with the medical condition and International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes for:

  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Incapacity Benefit (IB)
  • Severe Disablement Allowance (SDA)

While we assess the scale of this issue we have removed the ‘ESA expenditure by reported medical condition and phase of claim 2010/11 to 2013/14’ tables.

When the tables are updated they will only be published on the tables page for 2017 as these will be based on the most up to date information.

Published 26 March 2014
Last updated 27 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Removed the data tables for 'ESA expenditure by reported medical condition and phase of claim 2010/11 to 2013/14', due to issues with the underlying data used in the tables.
  2. Simplified local authority and parliamentary constituency-level tables - removed country & regional expenditure breakdowns and benefits not identifiable by local authority or parliamentary constituency. Amended figures on proportion of total DWP expenditure covered by each type of breakdown.
  3. Included rows for Social Fund total in table 2b of Autumn Statement 2014 tables. Updates to the split of Winter Fuel Payment expenditure in 2010/11 to 2013/14 in the Local Authority, Parliamentary Constituency & regional tables.
  4. Update to local authority State Pension expenditure allocation on 'Benefit expenditure by local authority from 2000/01 to 2013/14' and 'Benefit expenditure by region 1996/97 to 2013/14' data tables.
  5. Updated benefit expenditure and caseload tables: Benefit expenditure by Parliamentary constituency from 2000/01 to 2013/14; Benefit expenditure by local authority from 2000/01 to 2013/14; Benefit expenditure by region 1996/97 to 2013/14; Outturn and forecast: Autumn Statement 2014.
  6. Published State Pension expenditure by country of residence 1995/96 to 2013/14.
  7. Corrected the data for 2013 to 2014 in the local authority and regional spreadsheets.
  8. Published new tables with data to 2013/2014: Benefit Expenditure by Local Authority; Benefit Expenditure by Parliamentary Constituency; DLA expenditure by reported medical condition and rate paid; ESA expenditure by reported medical condition and phase of claim; Benefit expenditure by region; Housing Benefit and Council Tax expenditure by local authority.
  9. Published 'Long term projections of pensioner benefits' and accompanying tables.
  10. Amended formulae in benefit expenditure table 2a.
  11. Replaced summary outturn and forecast tables with the full versions.
  12. Spreadsheet updated with additional ESA caseload breakdowns
  13. First published.