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Incapacity Benefit

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the decade in which the Government estimates a fall of one million claimants drawing incapacity benefits has already begun. (72920)

The Green Paper sets out our aspiration to see a million fewer claimants of incapacity benefits, over the course of a decade, through the combined efforts of the Government, employers, local authorities and health professionals. We are still at an early stage and will establish precise measures, including a baseline year, in due course.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of the expected fall in incapacity benefit claimants of one million in the next decade which will be brought about by the death or retirement of current claimants. (73172)

[holding answer 23 May 2006]: While it is difficult to model the precise impact of our proposed measures at this stage, the Green Paper sets out our aspiration to see a million fewer claimants of incapacity benefits over the course of a decade, through the combined efforts of the Government, employers, local authorities and health professionals. More precise measures will be established in due course.