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Inactivity Rates

Volume 406: debated on Friday 23 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people of working age were economically inactive in each year since 1997; how many of these were claiming (a) welfare benefits, (b) incapacity benefit, (c) other disability benefits and (d) income support; and if he will make a statement; [114480](2) how many people of working age who were economically inactive and claiming income support were lone parents in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [114481]

The available information is in the following table.

Numbers of working-age adults in the United Kingdom who were

inactive from 1997 to 2002 by Labour Force Survey spring

quarters (March to May each year)
Thousands (seasonally adjusted)
March to MayNumber
19977,588
19987,675
19997,560
20007,502
20017,675
20027,707

Notes:

1. Data are seasonally adjusted, and interim adjustments have
been made to the data to take into account 2001 census results.

2. Statistically robust information is not available on the number
of people of working age who were economically inactive an
claiming benefit.

Source:

ONS publication—Labour Market Trends May 2003 Table D2