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Means-Tested Benefits

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of each means-tested benefit administered by his Department in each year since 1990-91. (121840)

The available information is in the following tables.

Income support (IS) and minimum income guarantee (MIG) recipients in Great Britain each year, 1990 to 2006

AIMS

MIG

Non-MIG

IS for the unemployed

May 1990

4,180,000

1,675,000

1,442,000

1,063,000

May 1991

4,487,000

1,575,000

1,577,000

1,335,000

May 1992

5,088,000

1,643,000

1,783,000

1,662,000

May 1993

5,643,000

1,736,000

1,987,000

1,920,000

August 1994

5,702,000

1,785,000

2,109,000

1,887,000

August 1995

3,931,000

1,737,000

2,193,000

1,681,000

August 1996

4,007,000

1,727,000

2,278,000

1,502,000

August 1997

3,991,000

1,687,000

2,305,000

n/a

August 1998

3,863,000

1,624,000

2,239,000

n/a

August 1999

3,849,000

1,598,000

2,251,000

n/a

August 2000

3,892,000

1,637,000

2,254,000

n/a

August 2001

3,998,000

1,724,000

2,275,000

n/a

August 2002

3,998,000

1,740,000

2,259,000

n/a

August 2003

4,041,000

1,800,000

2,241,000

n/a

August 2004

2,202,000

11,000

2,191,000

n/a

August 2005

2,148,000

10,000

2,138,000

n/a

August 2006

2,138,000

10,000

2,129,000

n/a

Pension credit recipients in Great Britain as at August each year, 2004 to 2006

Number

August 2004

2,593,000

August 2005

2,697,000

August 2006

2,728,000

Income-based jobseeker’s allowance recipients in Great Britain as at August each year, 1997 to 2006

Number

1997

1,182,000

1998

1,031,000

1999

928,000

2000

800,000

2001

695,000

2002

664,000

2003

635,000

2004

588,000

2005

634,000

2006

708,000

n/a = Not applicable

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 1,000.

2. Pension credit was introduced on 6 October 2003 and replaced minimum income guarantee (income support for people aged 60 or over). The vast majority of people who were previously in receipt of the minimum income guarantee transferred to pension credit in October 2003 however some residual cases remain on the income support statistics.

3. income support for the unemployed was replaced by income-based jobseeker’s allowance in October 1996.

4. IS figures for August 1994 to August 1998 and all JSA (IB) figures have been derived by applying 5per cent. proportions to 100 per cent. WPLS totals.

5. Some income-based JSA claimants may also be entitled to benefit via the contributory route.

Source:

DWP 100 per cent. Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS), DWP Information Directorate 5 per cent. samples and IS ASE 5 per cent. data