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Incapacity Benefit

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants moved from the short-term lower rate on to the short-term higher rate without first undertaking the personal capability assessment in each year since the introduction of the assessment. (70791)

[holding answer 12 May 2006]: Information about the timing of the personal capability assessment (PCA) in relation to the point at which the higher rates of incapacity benefit become payable is not recorded centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants there have been in Bristol East in each year since 2000. (80588)

The available information is in the following table.

Incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance claimants in the Bristol East parliamentary constituency, as at November each year

Number

2005

5,570

2004

5,500

2003

5,330

2002

5,250

2001

5,050

2000

4,980

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. ‘Claimants’ figures include all incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance, including incapacity benefit credits only cases.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate, Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. data.