Local profiles: an approach to understanding benefit claimants: Wokingham case study, April 2012

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Tikabo, Mahari
Office for National Statistics
Date of publication
30 April 2012
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Community Development and Regeneration
Social welfare
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This article looks at the characteristics of benefit claimants for Wokingham local authority to illustrate how the data in ONS's Local Profiles tool can be used to broaden an understanding of the socioeconomic characteristics of an area. The analysis focuses on benefit claimants by claim type, and the age and duration profiles of claimants of out-of-work benefit. The findings show that residents in Wokingham were less likely to claim for out-of-work benefits than residents nationally or within the region. The age profile of benefit recipients in Wokingham also varied. Older people in Wokingham were more likely to claim Employment Support and Allowance and Incapacity benefit, and over a longer time period than younger people who were more likely to be claiming Jobseeker's Allowance.

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