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Benefits

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants were in receipt of (a) incapacity benefit only, (b) incapacity benefit in combination with any other benefit, broken down by type of benefit, (c) any single benefit other than incapacity benefit, broken down by type of benefit and (d) any combination of benefits, other than those involving incapacity benefit, broken down by type of combination in each of the last five years; and what the average weekly level of benefit received by a claimant was in each category in each year. (101741)

The available information is in the following tables.

All claimants by benefit combination, Great Britain

Thousand

Benefit combination

May 2002

May 2003

May 2004

May 2005

May 2006

All combinations

17,090.93

17,227.53

17,250.72

17,362.74

17,498.12

CA only

246.58

255.38

264.80

267.81

271.62

CA and SP

61.76

90.82

109.16

120.21

130.64

DLA only

499.70

535.14

560.93

588.30

612.44

DLA.SDA

83.38

77.33

72.36

68.41

64.31

IB only

873.10

842.16

836.99

805.98

765.56

IB and CA

7.95

9.13

10.67

11.24

11.32

IB and DLA

490.60

504.94

518.01

528.73

533.09

IS/PC only

987.31

961.21

932.96

898.90

888.81

IS/PC and CA

128.64

133.82

135.68

137.08

138.94

IS/PC, CA and SP

11.47

20.16

46.34

57.29

66.07

IS/PC, DLA and SDA

204.48

200.54

194.69

189.16

183.43

IS/PC and IB

679.75

679.23

656.79

639.53

620.18

IS/PC, IB and DLA

395.99

430.73

453.03

469.00

481.13

SDA and IS/PC

27.67

23.69

20.64

17.98

15.92

SP and PC/IS

703.66

703.82

1,147.19

1,224.29

1,212.37

IS/PC, SP and AA

514.88

515.10

670.94

724.41

732.59

IS/PC, SP and DLA

165.85

182.06

257.06

285.27

302.35

JSA only

889.07

896.25

788.53

811.64

909.59

SDA only

15.42

13.36

11.93

10.71

9.53

SP only

8,270.58

8,282.81

7,853.65

7,817.47

7,818.22

SP and AA

908.39

938.52

810.66

780.27

800.04

SP and DLA

469.78

491.74

450.85

457.10

469.02

WB only

179.42

153.65

131.52

111.56

95.25

Other combination

275.49

285.96

315.34

340.41

365.72

Total average weekly amount for all claimants by benefit combination, Great Britain

£ per week

Benefit combination

May 2002

May 2003

May 2004

May 2005

May 2006

All combinations

90.39

93.55

98.14

100.81

103.68

CA only

42.37

44.62

46.18

CA and SP

73.87

76.11

78.99

DLA only

53.24

54.36

55.81

57.50

58.92

DLA.SDA

113.15

115.95

119.64

123.91

127.62

IB only

72.63

72.53

72.75

73.92

75.52

IB and CA

72.88

75.52

77.74

IB and DLA

135.94

136.35

138.13

141.14

143.93

IS/PC only

101.30

110.31

108.38

99.01

93.26

IS/PC and CA

146.87

141.40

137.82

IS/PC, CA and SP

119.72

125.94

130.65

IS/PC, DLA and SDA

158.09

161.37

160.60

165.07

170.37

IS/PC and IB

94.96

98.19

98.77

96.00

96.04

IS/PC, IB and DLA

170.67

174.57

176.57

177.79

180.62

SDA and IS/PC

96.61

100.57

101.14

102.12

104.13

SP and PC/IS

103.54

106.46

108.69

113.07

117.88

IS/PC, SP and AA

172.05

174.37

176.32

182.06

189.85

IS/PC, SP and DLA

178.12

183.14

186.36

193.44

200.82

JSA only

55.62

57.18

55.30

52.36

52.52

SDA only

54.70

55.91

57.75

59.77

61.50

SP only

75.48

77.92

80.18

83.29

86.44

SP and AA

125.21

128.96

133.24

138.71

143.92

SP and DLA

134.98

138.81

142.59

147.93

153.06

WB only

79.55

79.88

80.66

81.44

82.01

Other Combination

126.55

134.41

145.26

151.08

156.66

Notes:

1. Case load figures are rounded to the nearest hundred and displayed in thousands; Some additional disclosure control has also been applied.

2. Average amounts are shown as pounds per week and rounded to the nearest penny.

3. Benefits included are jobseeker’s allowance (JSA), income support (IS), pension credit (PC), incapacity benefit (IB), severe disablement allowance (SDA), disability living allowance (DLA) (from May 2002), carer’s allowance (CA), bereavement benefit (BB)/widow’s benefit (WB), state pension, attendance allowance and national insurance credits only (through JSA or IB).

4. Housing benefit and council tax benefit are not available from WPLS data and are shown separately.

5. Average weekly amounts are combined averages of all benefits in payment.

6. Figures for AA, CA and DLA include those cases with entitlement but where payment is currently suspended (for example, because of an extended stay in hospital or an overlapping benefit).

7. Average weekly amounts of carer’s allowance are unreliable prior to August 2003 and are therefore not included in the table

Source:

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

Housing benefit (HB) and council tax benefit (CTB) recipients in receipt of IB and SDA: Great Britain

Thousand

May 2002

May 2003

May 2004

HB and IB

403

396

410

HB and SDA

114

112

112

CTB and IB

512

498

492

CTB and SDA

110

97

95

Average weekly amounts for HB/CTB recipients in receipt of IB and SDA: Great Britain

£

May 2002

May 2003

May 2004

HB and IB

50.91

50.47

53.87

HB and SDA

76.04

61.11

64.15

CTB and IB

11.14

12.09

12.78

CTB and SDA

11.74

12.62

13.45

Notes:

1. The data refer to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple.

2. Case loads are rounded to the nearest thousand.

3. Average amounts are rounded to the nearest penny.

4. Housing benefit figures exclude any extended payment cases.

5. Council tax benefit figures exclude any second adult rebate cases.

6. May 2004 are the most recent data available

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed both incapacity benefit and income support in each year since 1997. (101742)

Claimants in receipt of both Incapacity Benefit (IB) and Income Support (IS), Great BritainAs at May each yearNumber (thousand)1997461.301998468.101999461.002000471.312001493.202002477.122003468.732004432.732005407.042006389.74 Notes: 1. Figures prior to May 2000 are rounded to the nearest hundred, and to the nearest ten thereafter. 2. IB claimant figures do not include IB credits only cases. 3. 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. 4. Figures prior to May 2000 have been produced using 5 per cent. data and rated up proportionally using 100 per cent WPLS totals Source: DWP Information Directorate, Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study, 100 per cent. data - May 2000 onwards. IAD Information Centre 5 per cent. samples - May 1997-99