Skip to main content

Income Support

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claiming income support worked for fewer than 16 hours per week in each year since 1997. (186115)

One of the conditions for claiming income support is that claimants must not be working for 16 or more hours a week. Therefore all the people claiming income support worked for fewer than 16 hours per week in each year since 1997.

The information on those income support claimants doing some work, but less than 16 hours, is in the following table.

Number of income support (IS) claimants (excluding minimum income guarantee1) working less than 16 hours a week

Period ending

Number

As percentage of total IS claims

May 1997

80,900

3.6

May 1998

79,700

3.6

May 1999

80,200

3.6

May 2000

73,200

3.3

May 2001

67,000

3.0

May 2002

66,000

3.0

May 2003

64,500

2.9

May 2004

60,200

2.7

May 2005

55,200

2.5

May 2006

53,000

2.5

May 2007

49,300

2.3

Notes:

1. Data exclude minimum income guarantee (MIG) data to provide a consistent time series for income support claimants. In October 2003, pension credit replaced MIG (income support for people aged 60 or over/with partner aged 60 or over).

2. Figures are uprated to Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study totals and rounded to the nearest 100.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate five per cent. sample