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Direct Payments

Information on direct payments is collected using the quarterly return CC8. This return monitors the number of:<
  • Direct payments paid during the quarter, including one-off payments, payments which ceased during the quarter;
  • Direct payments in effect on the last day of the quarter, and the amount of these payments; and,
  • Persons waits for a direct payment on the last day of the quarter.
This information is presented below by Health & Social Care Trust and Programme of Care.<
Information can be downloaded below in EXCEL, for the quarter ending 31 December 2009, the latest information available.<
NOTE: Information up to and including the quarter ending 31 March 2007 referred to direct payments in effect on the last day of the quarter ONLY.<
For further information on Direct Payments, i.e. policy guidance, or for information on who can receive direct payments, please see below link:<<
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A National Statistics press release, detailing the latest Northern Ireland labour market figures has been published today by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI). It can be accessed via the DETI website.<

Main Results:

Labour Force Survey – Unemployment Rate

  • The Northern Ireland seasonally adjusted unemployment rate2, as measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS), was estimated at 6.8% for the period May - July 2010.  This represented a decrease from the rate of 7.1%, which was recorded in the previous quarter, but was up from the rate of 6.6% recorded in the same period one year ago.  The Northern Ireland unemployment rate remained below the UK average (7.8%) and was the joint third lowest rate among the twelve UK regions. It was also below the European Union (9.6%) and Republic of Ireland (13.3%) rates for June 2010.

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Claimant Count Unemployment

  • The seasonally adjusted number of people claiming unemployment related benefits4 stood at 57,800 in August 2010 – up 900 (1.6%) over the month. This was proportionately the highest monthly increase in unemployment benefit claimants among the twelve UK regions, with the UK as a whole recording a monthly increase of 0.2%. Over the year, the Northern Ireland claimant count has increased by 10.7% (5,600), compared to a decrease of 8.5% in the UK.

Quarterly Employment Survey – Employee Jobs

  • Seasonal adjusted estimates from the Quarterly Employment Survey6 showed that there were 699,230 employee jobs in June 2010. This represented an estimated net decrease of 1,120 over the quarter and a fall of 7,220 over the year.  The decrease over the quarter was driven by falls in the Construction sector (-690) and Service sector (-1,090) jobs, although the Manufacturing sector increased by 630 jobs.  The quarterly decline was the eighth successive decrease in the seasonally adjusted employee jobs series. However, this was the second smallest decline in employee jobs since the series peaked in June 2008 and was only 27% of the average quarterly decrease since the downturn started.
  • During the last year the number of employee jobs in Northern Ireland decreased by 1.0% (7,220 jobs), which was lower than the equivalent fall in the UK (1.4%). The annual fall in Northern Ireland jobs ranked sixth lowest among the twelve UK regions.

Labour Force Survey – Economic Inactivity

  • The seasonally adjusted number of working age7 persons that were economically inactive decreased by an estimated 3,000 over the quarter and the corresponding working age economic inactivity rate decreased to 28.6% (in May - July 2010).  However, the Northern Ireland inactivity rate (28.6%) remained considerably higher than the UK average rate (23.2%) and was the highest of the twelve UK regions.
  • Unadjusted LFS estimates can provide information on the reason for economic inactivity. In May - July 2010 an estimated 27% of the economically inactive of working age in Northern Ireland were students, 27% were sick/disabled, 24% were looking after the family/home, 14% were retired and 8% were ‘other’ reason.


  • The Department was notified of 172 confirmed redundancies8-10 which took place in August 2010. This compared to 175 in July 2010 and 266 in August 2009.  There has been a 39% decrease in the number of confirmed redundancies over the last year to 31st August 2010 – 2,935 compared to 4,851 in the previous year.

Notes to editors:

  1. The Labour Force Survey (LFS) measure of unemployment used in DETI labour market statistical publications is consistent with the International Labour Organisation measure. An explanation of the difference between the LFS and Claimant Count measures of unemployment can be found on the DETI website<.
  2. The official measure of unemployment is sourced to the LFS and refers to people without a job who were available for work and had either looked for work in the four weeks prior to interview or were waiting to start a job they had already obtained. This definition is consistent with that recommended by the International Labour Office. Unemployment estimates for the European Union and the Republic of Ireland are sourced to EUROSTAT.
  3. The figures released today contain data from a number of different sources. The unemployment, employment and economic inactivity rates are sourced to the LFS and refer to the period May - July 2010. It should be noted that the LFS figures are estimates, which are subject to sampling error. This means that the exact figure is likely to be contained in a range surrounding the estimate quoted. For example, the exact number of unemployed persons is 95% likely to fall within +/- 10,000 of the quoted estimate.
  4. The Claimant Count measure of unemployment relates to August 2010 and is based on claimant data from Jobs and Benefits Office Administrative Systems.
  5. Not all those who register for unemployment benefits meet the criteria for LFS unemployment. Conversely, not all those defined as unemployed in the LFS are eligible for unemployment benefits. Estimates of the numbers unemployed may also differ between the two sources due to timing differences.
  6. The employee jobs figures are sourced to the Quarterly Employment Survey (QES) and refer to the position at the 7th June 2010 (with the quarterly change measured between March 2010 and June 2010). The QES figures are estimates that are subject to sampling error.
  7. The ‘working age’ definition, used in the calculation of employment and economic inactivity rates, was changed in August 2010 to include those aged from 16 to 64 for both men and women. Please visit the DETI website< for further details.

Please note that there are no implications for the headline unemployment rate, which will continue to be based on the economically active population aged 16 and over.

  • Under the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 companies are only legally required to notify the Department of impending redundancies of 20 or more employees. Any estimates provided are therefore likely to be an underestimate of total job losses, though it is not possible to quantify the extent of the shortfall.
  • Subject to the criteria mentioned above, employers must notify the Department of a) redundancies proposed and b) redundancies confirmed. Where redundancies occur, the confirmed total provides a better indication of real job losses since all proposed redundancies do not actually take place.
  • Redundancies do not necessarily equate to job losses, for example, employees who do not qualify for a redundancy package; those on temporary contracts are not incorporated in redundancy estimates.
  • Details of sampling errors, together with more detailed statistical information and definitions of the methodology used, can be found in the Labour Market Report (LMR) bulletin, which is available from the Statistics section< on the DETI website.<

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Updated Northern Ireland indicators

  • In receipt of tax credits<:

    • first graph (over time): the number of working households who are in receipt of tax credits has doubled over the last decade.
    • second graph (by local authority): the proportion of working-age households receiving tax credits is higher in most of the western districts than in most of the eastern ones.
    • third graph (compared to Great Britain): Northern Ireland has a higher proportion of households who are in receipt of tax credits than any of the Great Britain regions.
  • Children in workless households<:

    • first graph (over time): whilst the number of children in workless households has been rising in the last few years, it is - at 60,000 chldren - still lower than that of a decade ago.
    • second graph (by household type): half of all children of lone parents live in households which are workless. This compares to one in twenty for children of couples.
    • third graph (compared to Great Britain): the proportion of children who are in workless households in Northern Ireland is slightly lower than the UK average.
  • Wanting paid work<:

    • fourth graph (lacking work - compared to Great Britain): Northern Ireland's high number of people not in paid work is entirely accounted for by the high number of students and long-term sick/disabled.
  • Work and disability<:

    • third graph (shares): among those who are aged 25 to retirement and not working, around half are disabled.
  • Work and lone parents<:

    • first graph (over time): around 55% of lone parents are working, up from around 45% a decade ago.
    • second graph (compared to Great Britain): one in seven lone parents in Northern Ireland lack, but want, paid work, a much smaller proportion than in any of the regions of Great Britain.
  • Workless households<:

    • first graph (over time by household type): single adult households - both with and without children - are much more likely to be workless than couple households.
    • second graph (shares by household type): more than half of all workless, working-age households are single adults without dependent children.
  • Without home contents insurance<:

    • first graph (by income): more than half of the poorest households are uninsured. This compares with one in five for households on average incomes.