Northern Ireland

Working-age out-of-work benefit recipients

Key points

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Graph 1: Over time

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Graph 2: By reason

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Graph 3: By age

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Graph 4: By local authority

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Map

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Graph 5: Compared to Great Britain

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Definitions and data sources

For all the graphs, the data is for the month of February of each year.

The first graph shows the numbers of working-age people claiming one or more 'key out-of-work benefits'.

'Key out-of-work benefit' covers the following benefits: Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit and Severe Disablement Allowance.

For each year, the total is broken down by type of claimant: unemployed, sick and disabled, lone parents and others (e.g. carers and asylum seekers).

The data source for the first graph is the Department for Social Development (the data is not publicly available).

As can be seen from the first graph, the biggest group of claimants of key out-of-work benefits are sick or disabled.  In this context, the second graph provides, for the latest year, a breakdown of recipients of Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance by reason (recipients of Employment and Support Allowance are not included as data for this benefit by reason is not currently available).

The third graph shows, for the latest year, an age breakdown for those who in receipt of either Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance (recipients of Employment and Support Allowance are not included as data for this benefit by age is not currently available).

The data source for the second and third graphs is the quarterly Department for Social Development IB and SDA statistics.

The fourth graph and map show, for the latest year, how the proportion of the working-age population who are in receipt of a key out-of-work benefit varies by local authority.

The data source for the fourth graph and map is the Department for Social Development (the data is not publicly available).

The fifth graph shows, for February 2008, how the proportion of working-age people in receipt of key out-of-work benefits in Northern Ireland compares with the regions of Great Britain, with the data shown separately according to whether the individuals are sick or disabled.  Note that February 2008 is the latest data as, from that date, the Great Britain figures are no longer collected on the same basis as the Northern Ireland figures.

The data source for the fifth graph is the DWP Client Group Analysis (Great Britain) and the Department of Social Development (NI) (the Northern Irish data is not publicly available).  The data has been analysed to avoid double-counting of those receiving multiple benefits by matching data from individual samples.  Note that, since 2008, the data for Great Britain and Northern Ireland has ceased to be comparable.

ONS population estimates have been used to calculate the proportions in the fourth and fifth graphs.

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