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Incapacity Benefit

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of incapacity benefit claimants were aged over (a) 40, (b) 50, (c) 55, (d) 60 and (e) 65 years in each of the last seven years. (101112)

The information is in the following table.

Proportion of incapacity benefit claimants by age group, shown as a percentage of the total caseload each May from 2000 to 2006

Percentage

Age 40 to 49

Age 50 to 54

Age 55 to 59

Age 60 to 64

Age 65 and over

2000

22.1

16.6

19.1

15.0

2001

22.4

16.6

19.2

14.3

2002

22.6

15.6

19.8

13.7

2003

23.0

15.1

20.1

13.1

2004

23.5

14.8

20.2

12.7

2005

24.0

14.6

20.3

12.4

2006

24.5

14.7

20.4

12.3

Notes:

1. ‘Claimant’ figures include all IB (including IB credits only cases).

2. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

3. ‘—’ denotes nil or negligible.

4. Although in general incapacity benefit applies to people of working age, a small number of claimants are over state pension age.

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 claims for incapacity benefit on grounds of (a) certain infectious and parasitic diseases, (b) neoplasms, (c) diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs and certain diseases involving the immune mechanism, (d) endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases, (e) mental and behavioural disorders, (f) diseases of the nervous system, (g) diseases of the eye and adnexa, (h) diseases of the ear and mastoid process, (i) diseases of the circulatory system, (j) diseases of the respiratory system, (k) factors influencing health status and contact with health services, (l) diseases of the digestive system, (m) diseases of the skin and subcutaneous system, (n) diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue, (o) diseases of the genitourinary system, (p) pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium, (q) certain conditions originating in the perinatal period, (r) congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities, (s) symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified and (t) injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes were disallowed following a personal capability assessment in each of the last three years. (101744)

The information is in the following table.

Number of IB/SDA terminations, following a personal capability assessment in each of the last three years broken down by medical groupings

Year to:

May 2004

May 2005

May 2006

Certain infectious and parasitic diseases

640

820

760

Neoplasms

900

800

1,140

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

460

200

280

Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases

1,420

1,620

1,300

Mental and behavioural disorders

32,560

35,460

41,500

Diseases of the nervous system

2,500

2,180

2,560

Diseases of the eye and adnexa

540

400

440

Diseases of the ear and mastoid process

320

260

260

Diseases of the circulatory system

5,840

6,080

5,020

Diseases of the respiratory system

1,840

1,680

2,080

Factors influencing health status and contact with health services

1,100

820

1,120

Diseases of the digestive system

2,080

1,820

1,760

Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous system

880

1,020

740

Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue

18,940

19,660

17,980

Diseases of the genitourinary system

880

920

940

Pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium

460

420

540

Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period

0

20

0

Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities

0

0

0

Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified

14,440

14,420

15,680

Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes

11,520

12,220

11,380

Notes:

1. Figures and rounded to the nearest hundred.

2. Figures for the latest quarter do not include any late notifications and are subject to major changes in future quarters. For illustration purposes total terminations for May 2004 increased by 33 per cent. in the year following their initial release.

3. Causes of incapacity are based on the International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision, published by the World Health Organisation.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate 5 per cent. sample and 5 per cent. terminations dataset.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new claims for incapacity benefit there were in each month since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (102218)

The available information is in the table. The figures are for claims made in each month and do not indicate the number of awards made.

Incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance claims received in Great Britain April 1998 to September 2006

Number

October 2006

64,018

September 2006

60,361

August 2006

61,375

July 2006

55,686

June 2006

58,372

May 2006

54,805

April 2006

45,386

March 2006

61,506

February 2006

57,007

January 2006

55,461

December 2005

48,451

November 2005

60,365

October 2005

57,074

September 2005

58,625

August 2005

57,896

July 2005

55,722

June 2005

60,686

May 2005

57,361

April 2005

59,503

March 2005

61,312

February 2005

61,405

January 2005

60,556

December 2004

56,736

November 2004

65,170

October 2004

64,041

September 2004

67,040

August 2004

65,102

July 2004

62,016

June 2004

66,326

May 2004

60,368

April 2004

58,878

March 2004

75,131

February 2004

65,038

January 2004

67,141

December 2003

58,860

November 2003

62,684

October 2003

72,589

September 2003

69,106

August 2003

59,971

July 2003

71,698

June 2003

66,474

May 2003

64,299

April 2003

63,992

March 2003

68,939

February 2003

69,647

January 2003

74,828

December 2002

56,734

November 2002

69,478

October 2002

75,570

September 2002

67,801

August 2002

69,165

July 2002

73,405

June 2002

58,695

May 2002

74,550

April 2002

69,248

March 2002

64,137

February 2002

68,042

January 2002

70,820

December 2001

50,614

November 2001

66,746

October 2001

71,312

September 2001

61,803

August 2001

66,041

July 2001

67,994

June 2001

65,203

May 2001

70,314

April 2001

68,410

March 2001

79,444

February 2001

73,051

January 2001

82,132

December 2000

56,307

November 2000

79,374

October 2000

76,526

September 2000

70,422

August 2000

74,145

July 2000

71,288

June 2000

74,661

May 2000

74,319

April 2000

58,651

March 2000

83,351

February 2000

76,072

January 2000

78,038

December 1999

61,413

November 1999

79,740

October 1999

74,377

September 1999

76,984

August 1999

70,791

July 1999

78,776

June 1999

76,405

May 1999

69,677

April 1999

72,612

March 1999

85,076

February 1999

79,180

January 1999

77,599

December 1998

63,612

November 1998

78,227

October 1998

81,500

September 1998

79,039

August 1998

71 ,049

July 1998

78,138

June 1998

77,255

May 1998

68,766

April 1998

74,219

Notes: 1. SDA has not been available to new claimants since 6 April 2001 Source: DWP management information data.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of each age cohort of (a) men and (b) women in the working age population were on incapacity-related benefits in the latest year for which figures are available, broken down by (i) educational background and (ii) other available characteristics. (102232)

The available information is in the following table. Information is not available broken down by educational background.

Proportion of working age incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance claimants by age and gender, in Great Britain

Percentage

Female population within age band

Male population within age band

Quarter ending August 2005

All

6.5

8.5

16-17

0.6

0.6

18-24

2.9

3.3

25-34

3.9

5.5

35-44

5.8

7.4

45-49

8.4

9.0

50-54

10.9

11.2

55-59

13.8

14.5

60-64

1

21.1

Quarter ending November 2005

All

6.4

8.4

16-17

0.6

0.6

18-24

2.9

3.3

25-34

3.9

5.5

35-44

5.8

7.4

45-49

8.4

9.0

50-54

10.8

11.1

55-59

13.8

14.5

60-64

1

20.7

Quarter ending February 2006

All

6.4

8.4

16-17

0.6

0.6

18-24

2.9

3.2

25-34

3.9

5.4

35-44

5.8

7.4

45-49

8.4

9.2

50-54

10.8

11.1

55-59

13.8

14.5

60-64

1

20.4

Quarter ending May 2006

All

6.4

8.3

16-17

0.5

0.5

18-24

2.8

3.1

25-34

3.8

5.3

35-44

5.8

7.3

45-49

8.3

8.9

50-54

10.8

11.0

55-59

13.8

14.3

60-64

1

20.2

1 Denotes nil or negligible.

Note:

Percentages rounded to one decimal place.

Source:

Information Directorate 100 per cent. WPLS; ONS population estimates.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of claims for incapacity benefit were unsuccessful in each year since 1976-77; and if he will make a statement. (102237)

Figures are not available prior to 1999-2000. The available information is in the table.

Proportion of unsuccessful incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance claims in each year; Great Britain

Percentage

1999-2000

40.8

2000-01

46.7

2001-02

49.3

2002-03

52.3

2003-04

52.2

2004-05

46.3

2005-06

44.2

Source: DWP management information data.