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Incapacity Benefit: Bassetlaw

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Bassetlaw received incapacity benefit in the latest period for which figures are available; how many of these were over 55; and what his Department's target is to reduce the number of incapacity benefit claimants in Bassetlaw. (167267)

The available information is in the following table.

Number of incapacity benefit and severe disability allowance claimants in the Bassetlaw parliamentary constituency—May 2007

All Claimants

5,890

Aged 55 and over

2,050

Note: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. Source: DWP Information Directorate Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. data.

There is no specific target for reducing the numbers on incapacity benefits in Bassetlaw. The Government wants to reduce the numbers on incapacity benefits in Great Britain by one million by 2015.