I am always interesting in the underlying numbers, for instance, is it long-term dependants that are coming off welfare?
Part of the answer lies in the data tables. 5 years ago 69.5 percent of current beneficiaries had been continuously on welfare for a year or more. Today the percentage is 74. However, the total number reliant for a year or more has also fallen from 225,957 in 2010 to 210,482 today.
The official reason for reducing numbers?
"Changes in benefit numbers over this period largely reflect changes in economic conditions."