Social Security Benefits: Ethnic Groups:Written question - HL9752

Asked on: 20 July 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits: Ethnic Groups
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they conduct ethnic monitoring of social security benefits, including Universal Credit; and if so, whether this system collects data on the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.
Answered by: Baroness Buscombe
Answered on: 31 July 2018

Claimants, including Universal Credit claimants, are given the option to provide their ethnicity for monitoring purposes. We have published volumes of claimants broken down by ethnicity for some benefits. This is publically available and can be accessed using DWP’s Stat-Xplore function on the website, or the Nomis service provided by the Office for National Statistics.

The data is not broken down to Gypsy, Roma and Travellers. These individuals are captured in the larger ethnic group they identify with.

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