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Obesity

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 9 January 2006, Official Report, column 93W, to my hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton) on obesity, if he will provide the figures collected by his Department since January. (90190)

Information is only available on those claiming incapacity benefits whose primary diagnosis is obesity. The available information is in the tables.

Incapacity benefit (IB), severe disablement allowance (SDA) and income support with a disability premium (ISDP); working-age expenditure on people suffering from obesity

£ million—real terms (2006-07 prices)

Obesity—IB/SDA/ISDP expenditure

Total—IB/SDA and ISDP expenditure

Obesity as a percentage of IB/SDA/ISDP expenditure

2000-01

8

13,413

0.06

2001-02

8

13,530

0.06

2002-03

8

13,051

0.06

2003-04

8

12,888

0.07

2004-05

8

12,675

0.07

2005-06

9

12,392

0.07

Incapacity benefit (IB), severe disablement allowance (SDA) and income support with a disability premium (ISDP); working-age expenditure on people suffering from obesity

£ million—nominal terms

Obesity—IB/SDA/ISDP expenditure

Total—IB/SDA and ISDP expenditure

Obesity as a percentage of IB/SDA/ISDP expenditure

2000-01

7

11,566

0.06

2001-02

7

11,955

0.06

2002-03

8

11,899

0.06

2003-04

8

12,057

0.07

2004-05

8

12,120

0.07

2005-06

9

12,096

0.07

Notes: 1. Figures are consistent with the historical out-turn expenditure figures published in the DWP’s benefit expenditure which can be found on the Department for Work and Pensions website at http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/expenditure.asp 2. Expenditure has been apportioned using data on conditions of IB and SDA recipients from the IB 100 per cent. Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study. 3. Expenditure refers to the total expenditure directed at working-age adults and any child dependants from IB, SDA and ISDP for those in receipt of IB or SDA. 4. Diagnoses are coded in accordance with the International Classification of Disease (10th edition), published by the World Health Organisation. 5. Figures are rounded to the nearest million pounds. 6. Figures are of working-age claimants only. 7. Real-terms figures are in 2006-07 prices. 8. Expenditure for 2005-06 reflects the latest estimate of out-turn, and not the amounts voted by Parliament. 9. All figures relate to expenditure in Great Britain only.