DWP Benefits change to release frequency

DWP have changed the frequency with which they will release their benefit claimant datasets. Until further notice these will only be published on a six monthly basis instead of the previous quarterly basis. As a result, the May 2012 update of the DWP benefits data (that was scheduled to be published this month) has been scrapped and will not be included in the 2.7 version of the datapacks (due in December)

The following datasets are affected:

  • Working age client group
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carers Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Employment Support Allowance
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Income Suppory
  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • State Pension

The next update will be in February 2013 covering when the August 2012 data. After that, the next anticipated release will be in August 2013, when February 2013 data will be released. DWP have no plans to make data for May or November periods available at any time.

This change is being made to allow resources to focus on the preparation of a new, improved dissemination tool and the development of new series for the Personal Independence Payment and Universal Credit.

This change does not affect the monthly JSA claimant count datasets produced by ONS which will continue to be updated to the published timetable.

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