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Benefits

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents of Islington, North constituency are in receipt of (a) income support and (b) jobseeker’s allowance; how many are (i) under 18, (ii) between 18 and 25 and (iii) over 25 years old; and what the equivalent figures were for each of the last four financial years. (99834)

The available information is in the following tables.

Jobseeker’s allowance claimants in the Islington, North parliamentary constituency as at February each year, and by age group.

All

Under 18

18-25

26 and over

2002

3,540

20

740

2,780

2003

3,460

20

770

2,650

2004

3,420

20

870

2,520

2005

3,150

20

880

2,240

2006

3,450

20

1,010

2,410

Income support claimants in the Islington, North parliamentary constituency as at February each year, and by age group.

All

Under 18

18-25

26 and over

2002

8,350

70

920

7,360

2003

8,140

50

920

7,180

2004

8,120

60

920

7,140

2005

8,100

50

980

7,070

2006

8,130

50

930

7,150

Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. 2. Totals may not sum due to rounding. Additionally, for jobseeker’s allowance there are a few claimants each year whose age is "unknown" due to recording problems. 3. Income support figures exclude residual minimum income guarantee claimants. 4. Jobseeker’s allowance figures are not seasonally adjusted. Source: Information Directorate 100 per cent. WPLS

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents of Islington, North constituency are in receipt of (a) tax credits, (b) child tax credits, (c) state pension and (d) pension credit; and what the equivalent figures were in each of the last four financial years. (99835)

Estimates for tax credits and child tax credits are provided by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. Their estimates for 2003-04 and 2004-05 of the numbers of in-work families with tax credits awards, by constituency, based on final family circumstances and incomes for 2003-04 and 2004-05 are published in “Child and Working Tax Credits. Finalised Awards 2003-04 Geographical Analysis” and the “Child and Working Tax Credits. Finalised Awards 2004-05 Geographical Analysis”. These publications and provisional estimates for the number of in-work families by constituency with tax credit awards as at selected dates in 2005-06 are available on the HMRC website at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/cwtc-geog-stats.htm.

Pension credit recipients1, individual beneficiaries and state pensions recipients as at February each year from 2003-06, Islington, North parliamentary constituency

Thousands

Pension credit total claimants

Pension credit total individual beneficiaries

State pension recipients

February 2006

4.73

5.49

9.09

February 2005

4.68

5.40

9.13

February 2004

4.25

4.93

9.20

February 2003

9.33

Notes: 1. Figures are taken from the WPLS 100 per cent. data. 2. Caseloads are rounded to the nearest ten and expressed in thousands. Totals may not sum due to rounding. 3. Parliamentary constituencies are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant postcode directory. 4. Pension credit claimants are those people who claim pension credit either on behalf of themselves only or on behalf of a household. This number is equal to the number of households in receipt of pension credit. 5. Pension credit individual beneficiary figures count total number of individuals in benefit units where pension credit is in payment. Therefore, each couple benefit unit is counted as two individual beneficiaries. 6. Pension credit was introduced in October 2003. Source: JDWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the total administrative cost of the benefit system, broken down by benefit; and what the administrative cost of the benefit system was in 1997. (93454)

The information requested on total administrative costs is not available in the format requested. The Department has recently commenced the implementation of a new Resource Management System, which when fully commissioned is intended to produce this type of information. DWP has developed an interim solution to provide operational unit costs by benefit for 2004-05, however the administration costs on which the unit costs are based exclude non-recurrent costs, other DWP activities, policy and other central costs. Consequently analysis of total administration costs broken down by benefit is not available.

The Department for Work and Pensions was formed in June 2001 from the Department of Social Security and parts of the former Department for Education and Employment including the Employment Service. Therefore data are not available prior to that date.

In the meantime, the latest available data on total administrative costs, taken from the 2004-05 published accounts of each agency (net of income) are as noted in the following table. Figures for 2005-06 are not yet available.

Agency

2004-05 (£ million outturn

Child Support

326

Appeals Service

66

Jobcentre Plus

3,148

Pension Service

831

Disability and Carers Service (Part Year)

120

Rent Service

39

The administration costs for Jobcentre Plus also include the costs of administering labour market activities. The costs for the Pension Service also include the costs of delivering pensions forecasts.

The major benefits administered by each Agency are as follows:

Agency

Benefit

Job Centre Plus

Jobseekers Allowance

Incapacity Benefit

Income Support

Social Fund

Pension Service

State Pension

Pension Credit

Disability and Carers Service

Disability Living Allowance

Carers Allowance

Attendance Allowance

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 30 January, Official Report, column 253W, on benefits, if he will provide the figures collected by his Department since January. (90451)

The most recent available information is in the tables.

Incapacity Benefit (IB) and Severe Disablement Allowance (SDA) leavers by destination during periods shown.

IB/ SDA claims ending in the last six months1

IB/SDA claims ending in the last 12 months2

IB/SDA claims ending in the last seven years3

Total Number of claims ending

328,400

681,900

5,138,200

Transfer to other benefits4

77,000

161,100

1,273,900

Return to IB/SDA5

14,400

30,500

254,800

Reach retirement age or are recorded as moving to state pension

27,000

56,800

421,000

Recorded as death of claimant

11,900

25,600

183,100

Recorded as returned to work6

15,300

29,800

159,400

Residual unknown destinations

182,800

378,200

2,845,900

1 IB/SDA claims ending in the last six months include IB/SDA claims terminating from 1 June 2005 to 30 November 2005. It is not possible to use the latest IB/SDA terminations (February 2006) as it would not give enough data to determine if they transfer to other benefits or return to IB/SDA. 2 IB/SDA claims ending in the last 12 months include IB/SDA claims terminating from 1 December 2004 to 30 November 2005. 3 IB/SDA claims ending in the last seven includes IB/SDA claims terminating from 1 December 1998 to 30 November 2005. 4 Those transferring to other benefits include those moving onto IS/PC, JSA, WFTC, DPTC within 90 days of the IB/SDA claim ending. 5 Return to IB/SDA includes those claimants who make another claim to IB/SDA within 90 days of their previous claim terminating. 6 It is known that the number recorded as returning to work underestimates the true situation. It is not possible to determine the number that moved to employment, however the "Destinations of Benefit Leavers 2004" report showed that 62 per cent. of IS, JSA and IB leavers entered employment of 16 hours or more a week. This compares to 61 per cent. in 2003, it is therefore expected that this proportion is fairly consistent over time. Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred totals may not sum due to rounding. 2. Numbers are based on five per cent samples, and are therefore subject to a degree of sampling variation. 3. Destinations of terminated IB/SDA claims are assigned in the priority order shown above. 4. Figures for the "last six months" and "last 12 months" given above will increase significantly following receipt of late notifications. Source: Information Directorate, five per cent samples (terminations dataset).

Incapacity Benefit (IB) commencements where the claimant had formerly claimed IB in the previous 12 months: Great Britain

All commencements

Commencements with former IB claim in previous 12 months

Percentage

February 2002

173,100

33,300

19.2

February 2003

173,300

32,000

18.5

February 2004

167,400

31,000

18.5

February 2005

155,700

28,500

18.3

February 2006

108,400

21,500

19.9

Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred. 2. Commencement figures for the latest quarter do not include any late notifications and are subject to major increases in future quarters. 3. Earlier quarters have been updated to include late notified terminations, including terminations for state pension. Source: Information Directorate, five per cent samples (terminations dataset).

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 30 January 2006, Official Report, column 246W, on benefits, if he will provide the figures collected by his Department since January. (90453)

Incapacity benefit commencements already in receipt of income support by quarterThousand and percentageAll incapacity benefit commencementsThose already in receipt of income supportPercentage of all incapacity benefit commencementsAugust 2005153.815.010November 2005153.514.59 February 2006108.49.99 Notes: 1. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 100 and expressed in thousands. 2. Numbers are based on a five per cent. sample, and are therefore subject to a degree of sampling variation. These figures should be used as a guide to the current situation only. 3. Figures for the latest quarter do not include any late notifications and are subject to major changes in future quarters. For illustration purposes, total commencements for May 2004 increased by 18 per cent. in the year following their initial release. 4. Income support figures will include a small number of minimum income guarantee and pension credit claimants. 5. Incapacity benefit figures exclude severe disability allowance, since there are no new severe disability allowance commencements. Source: DWP Information Directorate five per cent sample.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 30 January, Official Report, column 257W, on benefits, if he will provide the figures collected by his Department since January. (90466)

The information is not available in the format requested. The most recent, available information is in the following table.

Incapacity Benefit (IB) and Severe Disablement Allowance (SDA) claimants by diagnosis group: Great Britain, February 2006

Number

All diagnoses

2,747,490

Claimants without any diagnosis code on the system

50

Certain Infectious and Parasitic Diseases

20,500

Neoplasms

40,570

Diseases of the Blood and Blood forming organs and certain diseases involving the immune mechanism

4,530

Endocrine, Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases

39,410

Mental and Behavioural Disorders

1,093,110

Diseases of the Nervous System

166,340

Diseases of the Eye and Adnexa

19,620

Diseases of the Ear and Mastoid Process

11,730

Diseases of the Circulatory System

160,720

Diseases of the Respiratory System

63,000

Diseases of the Digestive System

42,500

Diseases of the Skin and Subcutaneous System

16,530

Diseases of the Musculoskeletal system and Connective Tissue

506,710

Diseases of the Genito-urinary System

19,630

Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Puerperium

4,360

Certain Conditions Originating in the Perinatal Period

30

Congenital Malformations, Deformations and Chromosomal Abnormalities

25,370

Symptoms, Signs and Abnormal Clinical and Laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified

322,990

Injury, Poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes

153,350

Factors influencing Health Status and Contact with Health Services

36,450

Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. 2. 'Claimant' figures include all IB/SDA claimants, including IB credits only cases. 3. Causes of incapacity are based on the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, published by the World Health Organisation. Source: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent data

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what procedures are followed to consult the next of kin when an application for an appointeeship is made by a social service department for the authority to receive pensions and other benefits due to pensioners and others. (92803)

No inquiries are made of the next of kin. Generally social services have either been approached by the family/next of kin to act or there is no immediate family/next of kin who is able or willing to act as appointee. The appointment would be reviewed if the situation changed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people receiving carers' benefit were affected by the provisions in regulation four of the Social Security benefits up-rating regulations 2006. (97338)

The requested information is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Government’s policy is on the recovery of overpaid housing benefit. (90399)

The recovery principles for housing benefit and council tax benefit are contained in the housing benefit/council tax benefit overpayments Guide, which can be found on the internet at: www.dwp.gov.uk/housingbenefit/manuals/overpay/

There have also been two administrative circulars, A4/2006 and A13/2006, issued this year, which cover the overpayments regulation changes that were made in April 2006 and a Tribunal of Commissioners’ decision covering overpayments policy matters. The guidance given in the circulars will be incorporated into the Guide in a forthcoming update. The circulars can currently be found on the internet at: www.dwp.gov.uk/hbctb/2006/

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what proportion of housing benefit claims subject to the top-rate of non-dependant deduction in 2005-06 income details for the non-dependent were provided to the benefit authority. (97000)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of housing benefit claims there were in which the application of a non-dependant deduction from the housing benefit claim brought the household below the poverty line in 2005-06. (97003)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the ratio of claims for incapacity benefit and its predecessors to claims for jobseeker’s allowance and its predecessors was in each year since 1976-77. (97454)

The information is in the following table:

Sickness benefit, invalidity benefit, incapacity benefit, severe disablement benefit, unemployment benefit, jobseeker’s allowance claimant count in Great Britain

SB/IVB/IB/SDA claimants

JSA claimants

IB claimants as a proportion of JSA claimants

June 1977

1,108,300

1,100,300

1.01

June 1978

1,241,800

1,087,200

1.14

June 1979

1,262,500

1,006,400

1.25

May 1980

1,236,400

1,154,000

1.07

May 1981

1,225,400

2,025,900

0.60

May 1982

1,345,000

2,374,100

0.57

April 1983

1,346,700

2,635,600

0.51

March 1984

1,263,900

2,748,600

0.46

March 1985

1,326,500

2,867,200

0.46

April 1986

1,398,200

2,956,300

0.47

April 1987

1,415,400

2,789,600

0.51

April 1988

1,538,700

2,250,300

0.68

April 1989

1,667,100

1,715,500

0.97

March 1990

1,802,900

1,488,000

1.21

March 1991

1,972,000

1,982,600

0.99

April 1992

2,199,700

2,561,600

0.86

April 1993

2,430,100

2,821,000

0.86

April 1994

2,578,700

2,577,400

1.00

April 1995

2,755,100

2,231,000

1.23

February 1996

2,850,500

2,119,300

1.34

February 1997

2,837,100

1,684,800

1.68

February 1998

2,809,000

1,321,400

2.13

February 1999

2,740,500

1,248,900

2.19

February 2000

2,724,000

1,108,500

2.46

February 2001

2,792,000

959,000

2.91

February 2002

2,787,200

914,100

3.05

February 2003

2,818,600

907,900

3.10

February 2004

2,819,200

855,900

3.29

February 2005

2,799,900

789,900

3.54

February 2006

2,747,500

896,700

3.06

Notes: 1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred. 2. Data are taken from one per cent and five per cent samples, and 100 per cent WPLS data five per cent samples have been uprated. 3. JSA figures are based on seasonally adjusted figures and only include claimants aged 18 & over. 4. JSA replaced Unemployment Benefit and Income Support for the unemployed in October 1996. 5. IB replaced Sickness/Invalidity Benefit in April 1995. Source: Information Directorate Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS). Information Directorate, five per cent samples. 100 per cent Count of claimants of unemployment-related benefits, Jobcentre Plus Computer Systems.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many recipients of incapacity benefits were receiving (a) full-time education and (b) part-time education in the most recent year for which figures are available; (99564)

(2) how many students meet the qualifying criteria as a disabled student; and how many are in receipt of (a) income support and (b) incapacity benefit.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on legal action on backdated widowers benefit (a) in the domestic courts and (b) before the European Court; and how much his Department has spent on agreed settlements in lieu of backdated widowers benefit. (99552)

[holding answer 6 November 2006]: The information can only be provided at disproportionate cost.