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Social Security Benefits: Peterborough

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people on benefits in Peterborough constituency 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. (165918)

The information is in the following table.

Working age claimants of active or inactive benefits with a duration of over 12 months in the Peterborough parliamentary constituency, as at May each year

Active benefits1

Inactive benefits2

1997

3,110

6,100

1998

2,160

6,200

1999

2,000

6,500

2000

1,770

5,600

2001

1,640

5,700

2002

1,450

5,880

2003

1,740

5,930

2004

1,800

5,940

2005

1,960

5,740

2006

2,210

5,750

2007

2,280

5,820

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 case loads 1997 to 1999 figures are rounded to the nearest 100 and for 2000 onwards are rounded to the nearest 10.

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

3. Active benefit case loads are rounded to the nearest 5.

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.