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Social Security Benefits

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people on benefits had been in receipt of benefits continuously for over 12 months in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) active and (b) inactive benefits. (162674)

The information is in the following table.

Working age claimants of active or inactive benefits with a duration of over 12 months in Great Britain, as at February each year

February

Active benefits1

Inactive benefits2

1997

625,550

3,304,300

1998

355,040

3,214,100

1999

313,420

3,200,900

2000

254,555

3,076,950

2001

196,625

3,122,230

2002

154,985

3,142,220

2003

136,710

3,160,880

2004

133,930

3,164,430

2005

118,830

3,134,270

2006

131,440

3,088,770

2007

153,305

3,035,020

1 ‘Active benefits’ means jobseeker’s allowance.

2 ‘Inactive benefits’ means working age claimants of income support (income support claimants include: lone parents; sick and disabled; carers; and others), incapacity benefit (including national insurance credits only cases), and severe disablement allowance.

Notes:

1. Inactive benefits caseloads 1997 to 1999 figures are rounded to the nearest 100 and for 2000 onwards are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Inactive benefits caseloads for 1997 to 1999 have been uprated by applying 5 per cent. proportions to 100 per cent. WPLS data.

3. Active benefit caseloads are rounded to the nearest five.

Sources:

Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate, 5 per cent. sample, February 1997 to 1999;

Information Directorate, Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS) 100 per cent. data, February 2000 onwards; and

100 per cent. count of claimants of unemployment-related benefits, Jobcentre Plus Computer Systems