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Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion

In this area we include the whole range of social security benefits for all client groups, including pensions and tax credits as well as other government interventions to provide financial support, such as the minimum wage. There are five main types of benefit:

  • Social insurance: these are benefits paid for by contributions
  • Means-tested benefits: these are for people on low incomes
  • Non-contributory benefits: there is no test of contribution or of means, but there may be a test of need. Benefits for people with disabilities are sometimes organised on this basis
  • Universal benefits: these benefits are based on broad categories of people with no tests of means or needs. Family allowances and some old age pensions may be examples
  • Discretionary benefits: discretion is widely used in the provision of social assistance, the provision of benefits for those in need who are not covered otherwise

Adapted from Paul Spicker's Introduction to Social Policy.

This collection is made up of full text reports on poverty eradication and pension and welfare benefit reform, available to view free of charge

Fraud and error in the benefit system: 2015/16 final estimates

This report provides estimates of fraud and error levels in the benefit system in Great Britain for the financial year 2015/16.

Employment and Support Allowance: work capability assessments, mandatory reconsiderations and appeals: ESA-WCA outcomes to June 2016 (MRs to October 2016)

This publication provides statistics on:The outcomes of completed Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Work Capability Assessments.

Workplace pension participation and savings trends of eligible savers official statistics: 2005 to 2015 Data to 2015

This document contains statistics on workplace pension participation and savings trends.

National Insurance Numbers allocated to adult overseas nationals: registrations to September 2016

This summary contains statistics on National Insurance Numbers (NINo) allocated to adult overseas nationals, covering the period from January 2002 to September 2016.

Child Support Agency quarterly summary of statistics for Great Britain: data to September 2016

The Department for Work and Pensions is responsible for the child maintenance system in Great Britain.

Income support lone parents regime: official statistics: quarterly official statistics bulletin

This is the official statistics publication of statistics relating to the Income Support Lone Parent (ISLP) Regime.

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