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Carers Allowance

Volume 449: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are in receipt of carer’s allowance in (a) Barnsley East and Mexborough, (b) Barnsley and (c) Doncaster. (86381)

The administration of carer’s allowance is a matter for the Chief Executive of the Disability and Carers Service, Mr. Terry Moran. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Terry Moran:

You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are in receipt of carer’s allowance in (a) Barnsley, East and Mexborough (b) Barnsley and (c) Doncaster.

The Minister for Disabled People, Anne McGuire MP, promised you a substantive reply from the Chief Executive of the Disability and Carers Service.

The information requested is in the following table:

Carer’s allowance recipients as at November 2005

Number

Barnsley, East and Mexborough parliamentary constituency

1,130

Barnsley local authority

2,490

Doncaster local authority

3,240

Definitions and Conventions:

"-" nil or negligible;

"." not applicable;

Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest 10 and expressed in thousands. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

Notes:

1. Only cases in payment are shown (those with underlying entitlement but not actually receiving payment have been excluded).

2. Government office region, local authorities and parliamentary constituencies have been allocated using the ONS postcode directory.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.

I hope you find the information helpful.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people are in receipt of carer’s allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) Great Britain; and how many there were in each year since its inception; (85867)

(2) how many people over the age of 60 have been registered as carers in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.

The administration of carer’s allowance is a matter for the Chief Executive of the Disability and Carers Service, Mr. Terry Moran. He will write to my hon. Friend with the information requested.

Letter from Terry Moran, dated 24 July 2006:

You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people are in receipt of a Carer’s Allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency (b) South Tyneside (c) the North East and (d) the UK; and how many there were in each year since its inception; and (2) how many people over the age of 60 have been registered as carers in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.

The Minister for Disabled People, Anne McGuire MP, promised you a substantive reply from the Chief Executive of the Disability and Carers Service.

You have kindly confirmed that your second question referred specifically to how many people over the age of 60 are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance in your constituency and in the UK.

Prior to 2001, reliable figures for the number of people in receipt of Carer’s Allowance are not available because data available then did not distinguish between those in payment and those with underlying payment.

The information available is provided in the attached Appendix.

I hope you find the information helpful.

Appendix:

Number of Carer’s Allowance recipients as at November1 of each year from 2001 to 2005

Jarrow Parliamentary Constituency

South Tyneside LA

North East GOR

Great Britain

2005

850

1,520

25,810

443,990

2004

840

1,480

25,630

431,580

2003

810

1,430

24,840

406,140

2002

800

1,430

25,180

403,370

2001

760

1,330

23,870

376,210

Number of Carer’s Allowance recipients aged 60 and over, as at November1 of each year from 2001 to 2005

Jarrow Parliamentary Constituency

South Tyneside LA

North East GOR

Great Britain

2005

70

100

2,140

42,570

2004

60

100

2,070

40,070

2003

60

110

1,910

35,760

2002

70

120

1,980

36,320

2001

50

110

1,840

33,110

Definitions and Conventions:

“—” Nil or Negligible; “.” Not applicable; Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest ten. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

1 Only cases in payment are shown (those with underlying entitlement but not actually receiving payment have been excluded).

Notes:

1. Figures are only available for GB because the Department for Social Security Northern Ireland (NI) is responsible for NI statistics.

2. 2001 and 2002 figures are as at December. 2003, 2004 and 2005 figures are as at November.

3. Government Office Region, Local Authorities and Parliamentary constituencies have been allocated using the ONS postcode directory.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study for 2003-2005 and 100% samples for 2001-2002.