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Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary

The Northern Ireland Benefit Statistics Summary is produced each quarter by the Analytical Services Unit (ASU) of the Department for Social Development.
Friday, 28 February 2014

The Summary provides an up to date and concise overview of the main benefits administered by the Social Security Agency.

Key findings include:

  • At November 2013 the number of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants was 56,920 and the number of Jobseeker’s Allowance recipients was 53,310.
  • At November 2013 the number of Employment and Support Allowance claimants was 90,650 and the number of Employment and Support Allowance recipients was 86,930.
  • At November 2013 the number of Incapacity Benefit claimants was 14,940 and the number of Incapacity Benefit recipients was 8,770.
  • At November 2013 the number of Severe Disablement Allowance claimants was 9,490 and the number of Severe Disablement Allowance recipients was 9,280.
  • At November 2013 there were 49,230 claimants of Income Support.
  • At November 2013 there were 259,300 people of working age claiming a key benefit.
  • At November 2013 the number of State Pension claimants was 303,560.
  • At November 2013 there were 91,410 claimants and 112,840 beneficiaries of Pension Credit.
  • At November 2013 there were 308,610 people over state pension age claiming a key benefit.
  • At November 2013 the number of Disability Living Allowance recipients was 195,390.
  • At November 2013 the number of Attendance Allowance recipients was 53,280.
  • At November 2013 the number of Carer’s Allowance claimants was 64,600.

Notes to editors:

  1. The Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary provides an up to date and concise overview of the main benefits administered by the Social Security Agency.
  2. The summary is based on data at November 2013. Statistics are based on 100% samples of information.
  3. The publication is produced quarterly at February, May, August and November each year.
  4. Previous publications are available from the Department’s website.
  5. Further enquiries should be addressed to:

    DSD Analytical Services Unit
    Level 4, James House
    2 – 4 Cromac Avenue
    Gasworks Business Park
    Ormeau Road
    Belfast
    BT7 2JA

    Tel: 028 90819942; Fax: 028 90819961; Email: DSD Analytical Services Unit.
  6. Media enquiries to DSD Information Office on 028 9082 9496. Out of office hours, please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07669 715 440 and your call will be returned.