The Benefits Statistics Summary provides an up-to-date, concise overview of the main benefits administered by the Department. It is designated as a National Statistic and is produced quarterly.

COVID-19 Management Information

The Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary is the official source for benefits statistics in Northern Ireland. These statistics are classified as National Statistics and in order to ensure that they meet the highest standards of quality, trustworthiness and public value they are published at a 3 month lag from the time period to which they refer.

The statistics in the February 2020 publication (released 27 May 2020) do not cover the current COVID-19 crisis. However, as there has been significant interest in benefit applications since the onset of COVID-19, DfC has released management information from three key benefits areas: Universal Credit claims, advances and payments; Jobseeker’s Allowance claims; and, Discretionary Support awards and expenditure. This information will be updated on a regular basis for the duration of the emergency situation.

This management information does not replace the official National Statistics for the period, which will be published on 26 August 2020.

Benefit Claimants by Extract Date (Provisional)

As well as the Benefits Statistics Summary, PSU also provide up to date claimant numbers for each benefit. These figures are provisional and do not undergo the same scrutiny as the National Statistic.

Suspension of “Client Group Analysis” statistics

The “Client Group Analysis” series of statistics has been suspended until further notice. These statistics will be resumed once a method of incorporating Universal Credit data into the analysis has been assessed as suitably robust.

Benefits Statistics Summary Publication (National Statistic)

The Benefits Statistics Summary is released quarterly in the last week of February, May, August and November. The next edition in this series will be released on 25 November 2020.

User Consultation

Professional Services Unit (PSU) would appreciate your feedback on the Benefits Statistics Summary. The request for user feedback and survey can be found below:

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