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Social Security Benefits

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number and proportion of people who have moved off jobseeker's allowance onto (a) incapacity benefit and (b) income support in each year since 1997. (159624)

The available information is in the following table.

Number and percentage of jobseeker's allowance terminations who flow onto incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance and income support

Flow onto incapacity benefit / severe disablement allowance

Flow onto income support

Year ending February

Jobseeker's allowance terminations

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

1998

3,472,400

596,600

17.2

548,800

15.8

1999

3,008,300

464,200

15.0

443,000

14.3

2000

3,120,200

442,700

14.2

423,300

13.6

2001

2,903,600

406,200

14.0

392,500

13.5

2002

2,661,500

347,900

13.1

328,600

12.3

2003

2,624,800

321,800

12.3

304,000

11.6

2004

2,538,400

284,800

11.2

260,700

10.3

2005

2,320,100

237,900

10.3

205,700

8.9

2006

2,196,900

188,700

8.6

162,100

7.4

2007

2,243,100

151,200

6.7

127,900

5.7

Notes:

1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100. Totals may not sum due to rounding. 2. Figures for the latest year do not include any late notifications and are subject to major changes in future quarters. Source: DWP Information Directorate five per cent. sample and five per cent. terminations dataset.