Estimates of take-up of income-related benefits for Great Britain for the financial year 2013/14.
These statistics contain information on the take-up of the main income-related benefits in Great Britain for the financial year 2013/14. They are:
- Pension Credit
- Income Support
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Housing Benefit
Estimates for 2009/10 and 2012/13 are also presented.
Main data sources used
The main data sources used to produce estimates of take-up are:
- the Family Resources Survey, used to model the population in private households entitled to income-related benefits
- the DWP and local authority benefit records data – the basis of the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study
- the DWP Statistical Summaries – providing the counts of benefit recipients and typical amounts received
Changes to the modelling that underpins the estimates of take-up of income-related benefits
The approach to modelling income-related benefit entitlement for Family Resources Survey (FRS) respondents has been improved for this publication.
Full details of the methods, data sources, modelling improvement and impact of the change can be found in the attached technical report.
Government consultation response – proposals to end ‘Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up’
On 12 July 2012, the government published a consultation on the future of the National Statistics publication ‘Income related benefits: estimates of take-up’. The consultation set out the proposal to end publication of the National Statistics series. The consultation closed on 4 October 2012.
Due to increased demand on the limited statistics-producing resource because of welfare reform changes, we needed to identify resource savings to deliver the new requirements. ‘Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up’ was put forward as a potential candidate for ending.
The responses received persuaded DWP to continue to publish the publication. We will take account of comments raised in planning take-up reports once welfare reforms are implemented.