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Incapacity Benefit: Lancashire

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in West Lancashire were registered for (a) incapacity benefit and (b) jobseeker’s allowance in the financial year ending (i) March 1997 and (ii) March 2007. (144971)

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

Incapacity benefits and jobseeker’s allowance claimants in the Lancashire West parliamentary constituency,November 1997 and 2006

Incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance

Jobseeker’s allowance

November 1997

6,200

2,388

November 2006

4,880

1,623

Notes:

1. JSA figures are unrounded, incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance figures for November 1997 are rounded to the nearest 100 and the November 2006 figures to the nearest 10.

2. Incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance figures for November 1997 have been produced using 5 per cent. data and have been uprated in accordance with Great Britain WPLS 100 per cent. IB/SDA totals.

3. Claimant figures for incapacity benefit include incapacity benefit credits-only cases.

Source:

100 per cent. count of claimants of unemployment-related benefits, Jobcentre Plus Computer Systems; DWP Information Directorate, 5 per cent. Sample for November 1997 and Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. Data for November 2006.