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Incapacity Benefit: East of England

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk claiming incapacity benefits had drug or drink dependency as their primary medical conditions in each of the last five years. (174154)

Number of incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance claimants in east of England and Suffolk, who have alcoholism or drug abuse as their main disabling conditionEast of EnglandSuffolkQuarter endingAlcoholismDrug abuseAlcoholismDrug abuseMay 20031,8902,270180200May 20042,0202,400170190May 20052,1102,520190200May 20062,2302,590200210May 20072,4002,640240220 Notes:1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.2. Totals may not sum due to rounding.3. Causes of incapacity are based on the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, published by the World Health Organisation.4. All IB/SDA claimants in east of England and Suffolk who have alcoholism or drug abuse as their main disabling condition are working age.Source:DWP Information Directorate 100 per cent Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study