Northern Ireland Social and Welfare System


Social welfare information shows that at August 2009, 122,000 children were living in families obtaining a key social welfare benefit (i.e. Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Disability Living Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance or Pension Credit). Of these children around two-thirds were children of claimants who had been on a key social welfare benefit for 2 years.

Social welfare information also shows that at August 2009, 230,000 people of working age were claimed a key social welfare benefit (55% of claimants were men and 45% women).

More information

Official statistical information on social and welfare statistics can be obtained from:

The Department for Social Development Analytical Services website which provide the most up-to-date claimant information.

Family Resources Survey publications which provides detailed analysis of the Family Resources Survey.

Spatial Deprivation Measures provides a detailed analysis of the most deprived areas across Northern Ireland.

Detailed social and welfare small area statistics can also be obtained from the Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service website by clicking here