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Social Security Benefits

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN HL14878, tabled on 13 April 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many claimants are in receipt of (1) income-related Employment and Support Allowance, (2) income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, (3) Income Support, and (4) Housing Benefit; and how many claimants of each of those awards receive a Severe Disability Premium.

Answered on

26 April 2021

The statistics are shown in the following table:

Number of people in receipt of income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Income Support and Housing Benefit, and estimates of the number of those receiving Severe Disability Premium (SDP), February 2020, Great Britain


SDP recipients2

All income-related ESA



All income-based JSA



Income Support



Housing Benefit



Sources: Stat-Xplore, DWP Work and Pensions 5 per cent Sample, DWP 100 per cent Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS) data, and 100 per cent Jobseekers Allowance Payment System Atomic Data Store


  1. Benefit Caseloads have been rounded to the nearest hundred.
  2. SDP estimates have been rounded to the nearest thousand.
  3. “..” indicates that an SDP estimate for Housing Benefit is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.
  4. The SDP estimates supplied are derived from unpublished management information, which was collected for internal Departmental use only and has not been quality assured to National Statistics or Official Statistics publication standard. The data should therefore be treated with caution.