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Incapacity Benefit

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many, and what percentage of claimants left incapacity benefit at the (a) four month and (b) 12 month stage of their claim in (i) Pathways to Work areas and (ii) non-pathways area, in each quarter since January 2003. (101793)

The available information is in the tables. 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.

Number and percentage of incapacity benefit (IB)/severe disablement allowance (SDA) terminations in Pathways to Work areas

Quarter ending

Up to 4 months

Up to 4 months (percentage)

4-12 months

4-12 months (percentage)

November 2003

1,000

800

February 2004

2,600

2.4

1,800

1.7

May 2004

5,200

4.8

3,700

3.4

August 2004

5,900

2.5

4,500

1.9

November 2004

5,400

2.3

3,900

1.7

February 2005

5,300

2.2

3,600

1.5

May 2005

5,400

2.3

3,800

1.6

August 2005

4,600

2.0

2,900

1.3

November 2005

5,100

2.2

3,600

1.6

February 2006

5,100

2.2

3,000

1.3

May 2006

4,700

2.0

4,000

1.7

August 2006

4,000

1.7

2,900

1.3

Number and percentage of incapacity benefit (IB)/severe disablement allowance (SDA) terminations in non -Pathways to Work areas

Quarter ending

Up to 4 months

Up to 4 months (percentage)

4-12 months

4-12 months (percentage)

February 2003

41,800

1.5

36,100

1.3

May 2003

55,300

2.0

46,900

1.7

August 2003

55,800

2.1

47,000

1.7

November 2003

57,100

2.1

46,700

1.7

February 2004

48,600

1.9

44,100

1.7

May 2004

45,600

1.8

42,300

1.6

August 2004

42,700

1.7

43,900

1.8

November 2004

45,700

1.9

44,100

1.8

February 2005

42,300

1.7

43,300

1.8

May 2005

43,700

1.8

42,800

1.7

August 2005

40,000

1.6

39,800

1.6

November 2005

40,000

1.7

37,400

1.5

February 2006

35,300

1.5

39,700

1.6

May 2006

35,700

1.5

42,500

1.8

August 2006

29,700

1.3

32,600

1.4

Notes.

1. Numbers are rounded to the nearest hundred

2. Numbers are based on a five per cent. sample, and are therefore subject to a degree of sampling variation.

3. These figures should be used as a guide to the current situation only.

4. Local authorities and Government office regions are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant postcode directory.

5. Bridgend, Renfrewshire and Derbyshire were introduced as the first Pathways to Work areas in October 2003.

6. East Lancashire, Essex, Gateshead and South Tyneside and Somerset were introduced as Pathways to Work areas in April 2004

Source:

Information Directorate five per cent. sample