From Table 22
and population estimates from ONS we can see that the country is made of:
3.88m households with 1 adult @ £164 p/w, annual cost: £33.1bn
10.8m households with 2 adults @ £258 p/w, annual cost: £144.9bn
3.15m households with 3 adults @ £352 p/w, annual cost: £57.7bn
2.82m Children 12-15 @ £89 p/w, annual cost: £13.1bn
4.98m Children 5-11 @ £68.50 p/w, annual cost: £17.7bn
4.01m Children 0-4 @ £58.50 p/w, annual cost: £12.2bn.
Total annual cost for non-retired households: £278.7bn
3.75m households with 1 pensioner @ £132 p/w, annual cost: £25.7bn
3.22m households with 2 pensioners @ £192.50 p/w, annual cost: £32.2bn
Total annual cost for retired households: £57.9bn
Notes: I've taken the average cost for 0-2 and 3-4 payments since there's only data on 0-4.
It might seem odd that retired households have no children, but I've just taken the total figures for children and put them in the non-retired bit for costing. If a retired person/persons have children in the household, they will be eligible to claim for them.
The total outpayments from the scheme will be £336.6bn
, rising from a previous total of £326.7bn
(see Welfare Act 2012).