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Social Security Benefits

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged (a) 25 to 34 and (b) under 25 were in receipt of (i) incapacity benefit, (ii) jobseekers allowance, (iii) lone parent benefit, (iv) carers’ allowance and (v) any other out of work benefit in (A) each English region, (B) Wales, (C) Scotland and (D) Northern Ireland in the most recent period for which figures are available; and what percentage this represented of the population of each area. (179142)

[holding answer 15 January 2008]: The available information is in the following tables. Information for Northern Ireland is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Benefit claimants under 25 years of age by country and English regions: May 2007

All cases

Jobseekers

Incapacity benefits

Lone parent

Carer

Others

All GB

Case load

627,070

243,700

165,740

166,050

16,000

35,590

Percentage of population

9.0

3.5

2.4

2.4

0.2

0.5

North East

Case load

38,860

15,780

10,260

10,220

910

1,700

Percentage of population

12.1

4.9

3.2

3.2

0.3

0.5

North West

Case load

88,670

34,530

23,720

23,370

2,590

4,470

Percentage of population

10.4

4.1

2.8

2.8

0.3

0.5

Yorkshire and Humberside

Case load

61,960

25,380

14,720

16,630

1,820

3,420

Percentage of population

9.2

3.8

2.2

2.5

0.3

0.5

East Midlands

Case load

43,200

17,750

10,680

11,390

1,080

2,300

Percentage of population

8.1

3.3

2.0

2.1

0.2

0.4

West Midlands

Caseload

68,020

29,960

15,630

17,650

1,740

3,050

Percentage of population

10.5

4.6

2.4

2.7

0.3

0.5

East of England

Case load

44,160

16,980

11,890

11,720

940

2,620

Percentage of population

7.2

2.8

1.9

1.9

0.2

0.4

London

Case load

87,460

35,540

17,900

24,160

2,090

7,770

Percentage of population

9.8

4.0

2.0

2.7

0.2

0.9

South East

Case load

57,250

19,050

16,870

16,730

1,230

3,380

Percentage of population

6.2

2.1

1.8

1.8

0.1

0.4

South West

Case load

39,440

11,910

13,930

10,190n

870

2,550

Percentage of population

6.8

2.1

2.4

1.8

0.1

0.4

Wales

Case load

38,060

13,750

11,620

9,810

1,100

1,780

Percentage of population

10.6

3.8

3.2

2.7

0.3

0.5

Scotland

Case load

59,450

23,060

18,440

14,140

1,560

2,240

Percentage of population

9.9

3.8

3.1

2.3

0.3

0.4

Living abroad or unknown

Case load

540

20

90

30

80

330

Percentage of population

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Benefit claimants aged 25 to 34 by country and English regions: May 2007

All cases

Jobseekers

Incapacity benefits

Lone parent

Carer

Others

All

Case load

881,450

199,290

338,720

282,770

49,750

10,920

Percentage of population

11.5

2.6

4.4

3.7

0.6

0.1

North East

Case load

47,730

11,400

19,270

13,870

2,620

570

Percentage of population

16.0

3.8

6.5

4.7

0.9

0.2

North West

Case load

120,950

26,620

49,430

36,490

6,960

1,460

Percentage of population

14.5

3.2

5.9

4.4

0.8

0.2

Yorkshire and Humberside

Case load

80,670

20,410

29,730

24,060

5,490

980

Percentage of population

12.7

3.2

4.7

3.8

0.9

0.2

East Midlands

Case load

57,470

13,520

22,040

17,490

3,890

530

Percentage of population

11.0

2.6

4.2

3.3

0.7

0.1

West Midlands

Case load

90,000

24,780

30,620

27,850

5,770

980

Percentage of population

13.8

3.8

4.7

4.3

0.9

0.2

East of England

Case load

63,200

13,430

23,500

21 ,460

4,100

720

Percentage of population

9.1

1.9

3.4

3.1

0.6

0.1

London

Case load

144,010

35,830

42,630

57,610

5,400

2,540

Percentage of population

9.8

2.4

2.9

3.9

0.4

0.2

South East

Case load

82,680

15,750

32,290

28,810

4,970

860

Percentage of population

8.1

1.5

3.2

2.8

0.5

0.1

South West

Case load

57,500

9,460

27,320

16,930

3,280

520

Percentage of population

10.0

1.6

4.7

2.9

0.6

0.1

Wales

Case load

50,560

9,420

23,040

14,360

3,150

590

Percentage of population

15.2

2.8

6.9

4.3

0.9

0.2

Scotland

Case load

86,140

18,630

38,450

23,840

4,070

1,150

Percentage of population

13.7

3.0

6.1

3.8

0.6

0.2

Living abroad or unknown

Case load

540

30

400

30

60

10

Percentage of Population

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a = Not available.

Notes:

1. Case loads are rounded to the nearest 10 and shown in thousands; percentages to one decimal place. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

2. The total number of people aged 16 to 24, and 25 to 34 in each region have been used to calculate percentages of the population.

3. Statistical groups are hierarchical as follows:

‘Jobseekers’ are recipients of jobseeker’s allowance.

‘Incapacity benefits’ refer to recipients of incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance.

‘Lone parents’ are single recipients of income support with a child under 16.

‘Carers’ are recipients of carer’s allowance (see note 4).

‘Others on income related benefit’ are other recipients of income support (including income support disability premium) or pension credit.

4. Figures for carers allowance include those cases with entitlement but where payment is currently suspended (for example, because of an extended stay in hospital or an overlapping benefit).

5. The key out-of-work benefits are jobseeker’s allowance, incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance, and income support for lone parents. They do not include carers allowance or income support paid to carers.

6. Jobseekers figures are from benefit records and may differ from those published by ONS.

Source:

Information Directorate, Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS) 100 per cent. data; population figures are mid-year estimates for 2006 as supplied by ONS