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Incapacity Benefit

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of people making a fresh claim for incapacity benefit in each year since 2000 had been in receipt of incapacity benefit during the previous 12 months. (101109)

The information is in the following table.

Percentage of incapacity benefit on-flows who had been part of the incapacity benefits caseload during the previous 12 months—May 2000 to May 2006

Year ending May

All (Percentage)

2000

20.8

2001

20.7

2002

19.9

2003

19.6

2004

20.2

2005

20.1

2006

20.0

Notes:

1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Figures include incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance and credits only cases.

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. Since April 2001 SDA has been closed to new claimants. The small number of SDA claimants shown as on flows are those who have had their claim deleted and rebuilt onto the system.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate five per cent. sample and five per cent. terminations dataset

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each local authority ward in Darlington received incapacity benefit in each year since its introduction. (108163)

The available information is in the following table.

The number of incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance claimants in each ward within Darlington local authority since 2000

Year ending

Ward name (by 2003 ward boundaries)

May 2000

May 2001

May 2002

May 2003

May 2004

May 2005

May 2006

Bank Top

285

295

345

320

305

330

315

Central

390

410

440

455

470

455

445

Cockerton East

235

235

250

255

240

245

215

Cockerton West

360

360

360

365

380

365

360

College

135

130

135

125

125

130

120

Eastbourne

370

360

380

395

390

390

355

Faverdale

30

40

40

40

40

55

60

Harrowgate Hill

240

240

250

270

260

235

225

Haughton East

305

295

315

310

305

325

315

Haughton North

175

190

175

185

185

170

165

Haughton West

290

315

305

290

270

255

260

Heighington and Coniscliffe

135

125

115

95

105

105

95

Hummersknott

90

95

90

90

85

85

75

Hurworth

130

130

135

125

140

145

145

Lascelles

250

285

275

260

260

285

275

Lingfield

215

205

205

220

215

215

220

Middleton St. George

140

155

165

170

170

165

160

Mowden

125

120

120

120

115

100

95

North Road

415

440

435

430

435

425

410

Northgate

335

330

345

360

360

360

360

Park East

395

420

425

425

445

440

415

Park West

105

110

120

130

120

120

115

Pierremont

260

270

280

305

295

275

280

Sadberge and Whessoe

65

60

70

70

70

80

70

Notes:

1 .All figures supplied have been rounded to protect the confidentiality of claimants.

2. All data represent a snapshot in time of claimants on the computer system, and will therefore exclude a very small number of clerically held cases.

3. Figures include incapacity benefit credits only cases.

Source:

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in receipt of incapacity related benefits had caring responsibilities in the latest year for which information is available. (103992)

As at May 2006 there were 11,320 people who were awarded both incapacity benefit and carer's allowance. Some or all of these people may be included in the 71,680 people in receipt of incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance and income support (disability premium) (excluding minimum income guarantee) who had carer premiums in their benefit award.

Notes:

1. IB/SDA claimant figures include all IB and SDA (including IB credits only cases).

2. A smaller number of former MIG cases did not convert to pension credit on 6 October 2003. These cases have been excluded from the IS figures.

3. Information Directorate, Work & Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS) 100 per cent. data.

Source:

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