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Benefit Statistics

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many claimants there were of (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) incapacity benefit and (c) housing benefit in (i) Scotland and (ii) Fife in (A) May 1997 and (B) the last month for which figures are available; [114618](2) how many lone parents there were on income support in

(a) Scotland and (b) Fife in (i) May 1997 and (ii) the last month for which figures are available. [114619]

The information requested is in the tables. Figures are not seasonally adjusted so figures for May 2002 have also been included to allow a year-on-year comparison with May 1997.

Unemployment claimant count in Scotland and Fife local authority

Scotland

Fife

May 1997158,80711,431
May 2002103,7128,953
April 2003102,6648,540

Source:

Count of claimants of unemployment-related benefits, Jobcentre Plus computer systems.

Housing benefit claimants in Scotland and Fife local authority

Scotland

Fife

May 1997533,00031,810
May 2002450,00027,700
November 2002446,00027,330

Notes:

1. The data refer to households claiming Housing Benefit which may be a single person, a couple or a family. More than one benefit household can live in one property, for example two or more adults in a flat or house share arrangement.

2. The figures have been rounded to the nearest thousand and local authority figures to the nearest 10.

3. Figures for any non-responding authorities have been estimated.

4. Housing Benefit figures exclude any Extended Payment cases.

Source:

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System.

Quarterly 100 per cent. caseload stock-count taken in May 1997, May 2002 and November 2002.

Incapacity Benefit claimants in Scotland and Fife local authority

Scotland

Fife

May 1997300,00016,900
May 2002289,00016,900
November 2002288,80017,000

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.

2. Figures are based on a 5 per cent. sample, therefore subject to sampling variation.

3. Figures include people receiving National Insurance Credits only

Source:

Figures are based on 5 per cent. samples of the-benefit computer system and will exclude a small number of clerically held cases.

Lone parents in receipt of Income Support

1

Scotland

Fife local authority

May 199795,2005,900
May 200277,6004,800
November 200276,2005,000

1 Lone Parents are defined as single claimants with dependants not receiving the Disability or Pensioner Premium.

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.

2. Figures are based on a 5 per cent. sample, therefore subject to sampling variation.

Source:

Income Support Quarterly Statistical Enquiries.