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Income Support

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid in income support in each year since 1996. (94303)

The available information is in the following tables.

Income support (including minimum income guarantee) expenditure in Great Britain (real terms, 2006-07 prices)

£ million

Income support for people:

Over 601

Under 60

Outturn:

1995-96

5,094

16,775

1996-97

4,827

13,451

1997-98

4,637

10,069

1998-99

4,335

9,790

1999-2000

4,442

9,753

2000-01

4,749

10,467

2001-02

5,077

10,881

2002-03

4,919

10,698

2003-04

11,056

2004-05

10,369

Estimated outturn:

2005-06

9,360

Plans:

2006-07

8,044

1 Including minimum income guarantee.

Income support (including minimum income guarantee) expenditure in Great Britain (nominal)

£ million

Income support for people:

Over 601

Under 60

Outturn:

1995-96

3,888

12,804

1996-97

3,815

10,630

1997-98

3,773

8,193

1998-99

3,619

8,172

1999-2000

3,781

8,302

2000-01

4,095

9,026

2001-02

4,486

9,615

2002-03

4,484

9,753

2003-04

10,344

2004-05

9,914

Estimated outturn:

2005-06

9,137

Plans:

2006-07

8,044

1 Including minimum income guarantee.

Notes:

1. Minimum income guarantee was replaced by pension credit in October 2003. The 2002-03 outturn figures for those over 60 include some pension credit expenditure.

2. Figures are consistent with the Budget Report 2006.

3. Expenditure for 2005-06 reflects the latest benefit-by-benefit estimate of outturn, and not the amounts voted by Parliament.

Source:

DWP Expenditure tables