The statistics set out in this report relate to 2019 and earlier years. In the case of data relating to recipients and beneficiaries, the figures, unless otherwise stated, refer to 31 December each year. The Operational Activity section, on the other hand, refers to accumulated annual figures. Several tables, which provide a breakdown of recipients or beneficiaries by some characteristic such as number of dependants or age, are referred to as “estimated”. This means that the proportionate breakdown, which is considered to be a reliable estimate, was established at a date other than, but close to, 31 December.