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Pensions: Incapacity Benefit

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 27 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people retiring in the past 12 months and gaining a full retirement pension had (a) one to five, (b) six to 10 and (c) 11 to 15 years national insurance credits as a result of claiming incapacity benefit. (144727)

Figures are not currently available on the number of people retiring over the past 12 months and gaining a full retirement pension who have received national insurance credits as a result of claiming incapacity benefit.

The most recent figures on national insurance contributions held by the Department for Work and Pensions relate to those retiring in the 2004-05 year, and are detailed in the table.

The table details the number of people retiring in 2004-05, gaining a full retirement pension, having had full years national insurance credits in each qualifying year as a result of claiming incapacity benefit.

Number of people retiring in 2004-05 gaining a full retirement pension having had national insurance credits as a result of claiming incapacity benefit

Number of years of credits as a result of claiming incapacity benefit

Number retiring in 2004-05 with full retirement pension

1 to 5

13,300

6 to 10

36,300

11 to 15

0

Total

49,600

Source:

DWP Information Directorate: Lifetime Labour Market Database 1 per cent. sample of the National Insurance Recording System.