known as Social Security Statistics is published.
The publication gives a detailed view of the caseload and payments of
user through any changes in benefit rules and procedures where these
may affect the figures. This gives valuable insight into the extent
of benefit claiming in the country.
This publication begins by focussing on the three major client groups
- Children and families, working age and pensioners. Each of these
client group sections shows information in terms of 'clients' rather
than simply benefits so that people claiming more than one benefit
are not counted twice.
- At May 2003, 2.5 million dependant children (those aged under 16
and 16-18 in full time education for whom an additional amount of
benefit is payable) were living in families claiming a key benefit.
This represents 19% of all children and young adults in
Great Britain. This number of children in families claiming a key
benefit was down 26 thousand (1.0%) from last year. The
numbers in families classed as Unemployed fell by 6 thousand (2.8%) over this period, Lone Parents fell by 19 thousand (1.2 %) and the number of children in the Sick/Disabled
category increased by 2 thousand (0.3%).
- At May 2003, 4.95 million people of working age were claiming a key
benefit, up 27 thousand (0.6%) from a year previously. This
represents 13.9% of the population of working age (16-
59/64). The number of unemployed claimants rose by 3 thousand (0.3
%) between May 2002 and May 2003, while lone parents and
others fell by 10 thousand (1.2%) and 6 thousand (3.0%) respectively. The number of claimants who were sick/disabl ed
increased by 41 thousand (1.4%).
- In May 2003, approximately 10.5 million people (99% of
people over state pension age and resident in Great Britain),
claimed at least one of the key DWP benefits. The number of people
over state pension age receiving one of the key DWP benefits
increased by 84 thousand (0.8%) since May 2002. In the year
to May 2003, the sick and/or disabled statistical group has
increased by 65 thousand (2.6%); the non-disabled MIG
statistical group increased 20 thousand (2.8%); and the
State Pension only statistical group has decreased by 1 thousand
(less than 0.1%).
Work and pension statistics continues by examining selected labour
market statistics and then statistics relating to all the key DWP
schemes, benefits and agencies. For example, chapters are included on
the following topics:
- Benefit Expenditure;
- New Deals;
- Employment Zones;
- Pensioners' Incomes;
- the Pensioner Household Database;
- Neighbourhood Statistics;
- Individual benefit statistics such as, Jobseeker's Allowance;
Incapacity Benefit; Carer's Allowance; Income Support; Housing
Benefit; Council Tax Benefit; Disability Living Allowance; State Pension; Attendance Allowance;
- Child Support Agency;
- Take- Up of Income Related Benefits;
- Social Fund;
- The Appeals Service;
- Low Income Statistics;
- Payment Modernisation;
- Health and Safety Executive.
Finally, the appendixes include details of other statistical
publication issued by the department and a list of research reports
issued in the last year.