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Social Security Benefits

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 23 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the number of people receiving inactive benefits; and if he will make a statement. (138714)

“Inactive benefits” include income support, pension credit for males aged 60 to 64, incapacity benefit (including credits-only cases), and severe disablement allowance.

As at November 2006, the most recent available figure, there were 3,701,710 people in receipt of inactive benefits in Great Britain.