If you wanted to do a crash course in the benefit system and current trends this weekend (in-law visit avoidance perhaps) you could bury yourself in the Statistical Report, released today. It is bursting with 300-odd pages of information about trends, expenditures, grants, reasons for leaving, historical data, and much more. Trouble is it only extends to June 2010. A year ago. So not a great deal is newsworthy. Just a few things caught my eye while browsing;
* Nearly two fifths of benefit expenditure was on the DPB and nearly a third on the Invalids benefit
* Older clients - aged 40-64 - account for nearly half of benefit expenditure. More precisely 47-49%.
My comment - why not rephrase that as younger clients account for over half of benefit expenditure? Not a good look really.
* Women accounted for the majority of total main benefit expenditure
That's enough for late on a Friday afternoon.
I have more enjoyable things to do.
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