Created 10 years ago, updated 5 years ago

Children in out-of-work benefit households by age and ward and borough. The numbers and percentages of children living in households where a parent or guardian claimed out-of-work benefits. Children of Working-age DWP Clients.

Data represent a snapshot as at 31 May.
Data represent the number of children dependent on a parent or guardian who is claiming one or a combination of the following out-of-work benefits: Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit and Severe Disablement Allowance, and Pension Credit.
The postcode of the DWP claimant is used to assign regions to children.
Figures are rounded to the nearest ten. Some additional disclosure controls have also been applied. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
Output area and constituency data also available to download from DWP.
Numbers of dependent children taken from HMRC child benefit claimant data. Child benefit is not claimed by all eligible families.

Note that care should be exercised in interpretation of the term out-of-work benefit household, which means that at least one parent or guardian is claiming an out-of-work benefit. A distinction needs to be drawn between households where no one in the family unit is working

Use caution when comparing trends in percentages for different areas because of the reducing number of families claiming child benefit. This reduction is likely to affect more affluent families who are no longer eligible for child benefit (since 7 January 2013). A reducing denominator will mean an increasing percentage.

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