An update of official statistics on children living in out-of-work benefit claimant households, produced by the Department for Work and Pensions, was released on 11 June 2014 as part of the DWP statistical summary: June 2014.
These statistics show the numbers of children living in households in Great Britain where at least 1 parent or guardian claimed 1 or more of the following out-of-work benefits at 31 May each year from 2008 to 2013:
- Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income Support
- Employment and Support Allowance
- Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance
- Pension Credit
The tables published on this page also provide breakdowns of these statistics by country, region, local authority, constituency, output area and ward.
The main points from the latest release are:
- there were 2.38 million children living in an out of work benefit household at May 2013
- they represented 1.27 million households
- May 2013 figures represent a decrease of 142, 000 children or 5.6% since May 2012
By benefit type:
- 1.17 million children lived in households claiming Income Support at May 2013
- 552,000 children lived in households claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance at May 2013
- 572,000 children lived in households claiming Employment and Support Allowance at May 2013
- 139,000 children lived in households claiming Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance at May 2013
- 33,000 children lived in households claiming Pension Credit at May 2013
Some children were living in households claiming a combination of these benefits.
Statistics for children in out-of-work benefit households broken down by various categories including country, region, local authority, constituency and ward for previous years are also available:
Next release date: June 2015