CHART: Out-of-work benefit claimants by GB country and quarter
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TitleBenefit claimants by GB country/English region and statistical group
Last update17 February 2017
Next updateMay 2017
Publishing organisationWelsh Government
Lowest level of geographical disaggregationGB regions
Geographical coverageGB regions
Languages coveredEnglish only
Data licensingYou may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence
General descriptionThis dataset provides a quarterly snapshot of benefit claimants at particular points in time and are based on 100% of claimants so is not subject to any sampling error.
Data collection and calculationData are for the number of people aged 16 to 64 who are claiming one or more key DWP benefits and the combination of benefits they are claiming.
The aim of the Statistical Group typology is to present each person by the main reasons why they are claiming benefit. Each client is classified just once. Benefits are arranged hierarchically and claimants are assigned to the top most benefit which they receive. Thus a person who is a lone parent and receives Incapacity Benefit would be classified as incapacity benefits.
For this reason the group lone parent, for example, will not contain all lone parents claiming Income Support. Some will be included in the incapacity benefits group instead.
Data are not seasonally adjusted so any comparisons should be made year on year.
Frequency of publicationQuarterly
Data reference periods1999 to 2016
Rounding appliedData are rounded to the nearest 10.
Revisions informationAlthough DWP do perform extensive quality assurance on raw data and statistical tables prior to publication, occasionally an error slips through. In the rare case when an error occurs, we thoroughly investigate how it occurred and strengthen our processes where necessary. Any erroneous statistics are removed and revised as soon as possible. Great care is taken to ensure all users are informed and are fully aware of the error and any implications. For further information see the DWP Policy Statement on Revisions: