Tax Facts: Public Finances, Taxes and Benefits

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This note describes the UK benefit system:

The spreadsheets below provide current and historical benefit and tax credit rates, claimant numbers and expenditure levels.

Benefit expenditure

UK benefit spending
Nominal terms, real terms and % of GDP

Benefits for families

Child allowance, guardian’s allowance and special child allowance
Rates and Applicants
Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit, WFTC, DPTC, DWA, FIS and Family Credit
Rates and Applicants
Maternity allowance and statutory maternity allowance
Rates

Benefits for the unemployed

Jobseeker’s allowance and unemployment benefit
Rates and Applicants

Benefits for seniors

Retirement pension
Rates and Applicants
Pension credit
Rates and Applicants

Benefits for low-income people

Income support and supplementary benefits
Personal allowances, bonuses and beneficiaries
Housing allowance
Personal allowances, bonuses and beneficiaries
Council tax benefit
Personal allowances, bonuses and beneficiaries
Social Fund, including Winter Fuel Payments and Safe State Maternity Grants
Rewards and amounts
Universal Credit
Allowances, bonuses and beneficiaries

Benefits for sick and disabled people

Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Invalidity Benefit and Sickness Benefit
Rates and Applicants
Disability Living Allowance, Mobility Allowance and Attendance Allowance
Rates and Applicants
Care allowance
Rates and Applicants

Benefits in the event of war, industrial accident and bereavement

War pensions
Rates and supplements
Work Injury Disability Pension and Industrial Death Benefit
Rates and supplements
Widow’s allowance and bereavement allowance
Rates

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