Wales

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 benefits' is a DWP term which covers the following benefits: Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance and Carer's Allowance.  Note that this list is slightly different from 'key benefits', which also include Disability Living Allowance.

For each year, the total is broken down by type of claimant, namely: unemployed, sick or disabled, lone parents, carers and  'other'.  Note that a substantial proportion of the 'others' will actually be sick or disabled (i.e. some of those in receipt of Income Support).

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 Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance.

The fourth graph shows, 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 map shows the same data but by super output area.

The fifth graph shows, for the latest year, how the proportion of working-age people in receipt of key out-of-work benefits in Wales compares with the rest of Great Britain, with the data shown separately according to whether or not the individuals are sick or disabled.

The data source for all the graphs and map is the DWP Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.  The data has been analysed to avoid double-counting of those receiving multiple benefits by matching data from individual samples.  Note that this data source can only be used to estimate the numbers of adult recipients and not the number of their dependent children. Although the data purports to include numbers of children, those in receipt of some of the major benefits (e.g. Employment and Support Allowance) are always recorded as having either 'zero' or 'unknown' numbers of children.  This is because the number of children does not affect the amount of benefit to which they are entitled.  To get data on children, one therefore has to use another DWP survey.  Note that, because this latter survey is relatively small, there is some uncertainty about the reliability of the resulting estimates.

Overall adequacy of the indicator: high.  The data is thought to be very reliable and is based on information collected by the DWP for the administration of benefits.

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External links

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