Proposals for additional series to count unemployed claimants

On 21 May 2018 the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) launched a consultation proposing an additional series relating to unemployed claimants.

The consultation presented options for a new statistical series, in addition to the Claimant Count, that would seek to estimate the number of claimants of unemployment benefits under consistent benefit conditions.

On 16 October 2018 DWP published their response to the consultation feedback.

DWP intend to publish an initial series in January 2019, followed by quarterly updates. The series will be subject to future revisions to improve the offering of statistics available over time.