Wales

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 reason

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Graph 3: 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' 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 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, for two years or more, been in receipt of Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance (recipients of Employment and Support Allowance are not included as the data for this benefit by reason is not currently available).

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

The data source for all the graphs 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.

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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