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The 31st annual edition of ...
The 31st annual edition of Work and Pensions Statistics (2003), formerly

known as Social Security Statistics is published.

The publication gives a detailed view of the caseload and payments of

state benefits. It gives time series where possible and guides the

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.

Main Findings

- 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.

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