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Related to: Socio-economic Inequality, Economic Growth and Business Start-Ups, Welfare Reform, Not in Education, Employment or Training, Mental Health and Illness

Key Facts

  • In February 2016 there were 6,300 main out-of-work benefits claimants in B&NES, this is a lower percentage of the working age population claiming key out of work benefits than the South West Region and nationally.
  • The largest cohort of JSA claimants are aged 25-49, with more males than females claiming.
  • ~50% of Employment Support Allowance (ESA) claimants are claiming for mental health issues1

To view up to date labour market information on Bath and North East Somerset please visit the ONS local profile on NOMIS.

What does the data say?

Main out-of-work benefits

  • In general, B&NES has a lower percentage of the working age population claiming main out-of-work benefits than the South West Region and nationally. In February 2016 there were 6,300 key benefits claimants in B&NES. 
  • The proportion of main out-of-work benefit claimants in B&NES are following national and regional trends over time as shown in fig 1. As of February 2016 these proportions were 5.4% for B&NES, 7.7% for the South West and 9% in Great Britain.2

Figure 1 - Rate of main out-of-work benefits claimants over time. These are Job seekers, ESA and incapacity benefits, lone parents and others on income related benefits.

Over the 12 months from August 2015 to August 2016 the numbers of 18-24 year olds claiming Job Seekers Allowance fell by 40%, from 150 to 90 3

The largest cohort of JSA claimants are aged 25-29, with more males than females claiming.

Historically, Twerton, Abbey and Radstock wards had the highest proportions of thier working age population claiming key out of work benefits.

As of February 2016, there were 710 lone parents claiming income support in B&NES, 4

Universal Credit

As of August 2016, there were 804 total Universal credit claimants in B&NES, of which 574 were not in work (71%% compared to 40% not in employment nationally). These numbers have been steadily rising since March 2014 as people migrate to the new integrated benefit. 5

Employment Support Allowance and Incapacity Benefits

Numbers claiming Employment Support Allowance and Incapacity Benefits in B&NES have been falling slowly but steadily since 2005 and were 4.1% of the 16-64 resident population at February 2016 (4,750 claimants). This is significantly lower than the rates for the South West (5.7%) and England (6.2%). These figures have flattened out at around 4-4.2% in BaNES since 2013.

Just over 50% of ESA claimants are claiming for mental and behavioural disorders, both nationally and regionally 6. The next largest group of claimants are claiming for diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue.

As of February 2016 there were 3470 long-term ESA claimants in B&NES (claiming for over 1 year). This is 79% of all ESA claimants. 59% have been claiming for 2-5 years. 7