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Incapacity Benefit

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of new incapacity benefit claims were for reasons of mental ill health in the last period for which figures are available. (126372)

In the year to May 2006, 34.5 per cent. of all new incapacity benefit claimants cited mental and behavioural conditions as the primary reason for their claim.

We are working with stakeholders as part of our welfare reform plans to address the many barriers people with mental health conditions still face in playing their full role in the economy and the workplace.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of incapacity benefit claimants ceased to claim the benefit in each year from 1976-77 to 2005-06; and if he will make a statement. (102235)

There is a strong relationship between on-flows and off-flows from incapacity benefit, and generally, both have been falling year on year as a proportion of the caseload. So falling off-flows are a result of falling on-flows.

Information is not available prior to 1996. The available information is in the following table.

Incapacity benefit terminations in the year ending February each year as a proportion of the caseloadPercentage199638.5199739.4199838.8199936.6200035.4200129.3200229.1200327.9200427.5200527.5200624.6 Notes:1.These figures have been updated to include late notified terminations, including terminations for retirement pension.2. All figures have been revised, and may be subject to further change; Figures prior to 2004 are subject to minor changes. Figures for 2004 include fewer late notifications than previous quarters and will be subject to greater change in future. 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.Source:5 per cent. Terminations dataset and 100 per cent. WPLS

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the estimated on-flows for incapacity benefits are for each year to 2019-20, broken down by (a) region and (b) the age groups (i) 18 to 29, (ii) 30 to 39, (iii) 40 to 49, (iv) 50 to 59 and (v) 60 years and over. (124077)

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

Projected number of on-flows to Incapacity Benefit, 2005-06 to 2019-20, Great Britain, by age group

Thousand

16-17yrs

18-29yrs

30-39yrs

40-49yrs

50-59yrs

60yrs and over

All age groups

2005-06

10

150

130

140

150

30

610

2006-07

10

150

120

140

140

30

590

2008-09

10

150

110

140

130

30

570

2009-10

10

140

110

130

130

30

560

2010-11

10

140

110

140

130

30

560

2011-12

10

150

110

140

130

50

580

2012-13

10

150

110

140

130

50

580

2013-14

10

150

110

140

140

50

590

2014-15

10

150

110

130

140

50

590

2015-16

10

150

110

130

140

60

600

2016-17

10

150

110

130

140

60

600

2017-18

10

150

110

130

150

60

610

2018-19

10

140

120

120

150

70

610

2019-20

10

140

120

120

150

70

620

Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10,000; totals may not sum due to rounding. 2. Figures are consistent with latest estimated caseloads. These are based on pre-Budget report forecasts to 2007-08, and long-term projections consistent with the long-term public finance report from 2008-09 onwards; the projections are illustrative based on the continuation of current policy combined with the equalisation of state pension age. See http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/ib_caseload.xls 3. Figures are subject to future revisions. 4. These projections do not take into account any of the proposed policy changes in the papers entitled: "A new deal for welfare: Empowering people to work", or "Security in retirement: towards a new pensions system."

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals who would otherwise qualify for incapacity benefit are affected by (a) whole and (b) partial withdrawal of benefit owing to their receipt of an occupational pension; and what the total annual benefit forgone from this clawback was in each of the last five years. (124080)

The information is in the following tables.

Number of incapacity benefit claimants whose benefit payable is reduced as a result of receiving income from an occupational pension and associated total benefit expenditure forgone

Claimants (thousand)

Annual incapacity benefit foregone (£ million—2006-07 prices)

2001-02

4

5

2002-03

13

17

2003-04

22

29

2004-05

27

38

2005-06

33

45

Number of incapacity benefit claimants whose benefit payable is reduced to zero as a result of receiving income from an occupational pension and associated total benefit expenditure forgone

Claimants (thousand)

Annual incapacity benefit foregone (£ million—2006-07 prices)

2001-02

1

4

2002-03

4

13

2003-04

5

20

2004-05

7

25

2005-06

8

29

Notes:

1. Figures for claimants are rounded to the nearest thousand and expenditure to the nearest million.

2. Income from occupational pension schemes was introduced in the assessment of entitlement to incapacity benefit in April 2001.

Source:

The DWP Quarterly Statistical Enquiry data, the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study and the DWP medium-term benefit expenditure tables

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit recipients in each Government region experienced (a) mental and behavioural and (b) physical disorders in each year since 1997, broken down by type of disorder. (124081)