Quarterly statistical summaries from DWP show how many people claim Incapacity Benefit and its successor, ESA, since 1999. IB itself was introduced in 1995- not sure why the stats don’t go back that bit further. I’m also looking for stats of Invalidity Benefit and Sickness Benefit prior to 1995, if anyone knows where these might be.
The stats for IB claimant numbers (and other types of benefit claimant) are on page 7, and are reproduced below.
Other useful welfare statistics links…
- List of national and official statistics produced by DWP
- DWP Statistics Archive (for discontinued publications)
- DWP Create Your Own Statistics*
*someone at DWP has a sense of humour