Northern Ireland

Long-term working-age recipients of out-of-work benefits

Key points

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Graph 1: Over time

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Graph 2: By age

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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 all those of working age who were in receipt of a 'key out-of-work benefit' for two years or more.

'Key out-of-work benefits' covers the following benefits: Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance, 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 long-term claimants of key out-of-work benefits are sick or disabled.  In this context, the second graph shows, for the latest year, a breakdown by reason for those who have either been in receipt of Incapacity Benefit for two years or more or are in receipt of 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 graph is the Department for Social Development IB and SDA statistics.

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