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Social Security Benefits: Recipients

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) London and (b) England in receipt of (i) jobseeker's allowance and (ii) incapacity benefit have been claiming benefit continuously for (A) more than three months, (B) more than six months, (C) more than a year and (D) more than two years. (189308)

The most recent available information is in the following tables:

Jobseekers allowance claimants in England and London by duration of current claim; as at January 2008

All

Up to 3 months

3 months up to 6 months

6 months up to 1 year

1 year and up to 2 years

2 years and up to 5 years

5 years and over

England

688,505

333,700

147,450

108,025

69,835

24,400

5,105

London

130,730

53,895

30,400

23,595

16,160

5,410

1,280

Note:

Figures are rounded to the nearest five; totals may not sum due to rounding.

Source:

Count of unemployment-related benefits, Jobcentre Plus computer systems (computer held cases only).

Incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance claimants in England and London by duration of current claim: As at May 2007

All

Up to 3 months

3 months up to 6 months

6 months up to 1 year

1 year and up to 2 years

2 years and up to 5 years

5 years and over

England

2,166,480

105,600

91,420

135,500

189,720

440,810

1,203,400

London

311,410

14,500

13,750

21,020

29,170

69,990

162,980

Note:

Figures are rounded to the nearest 10; totals may not sum due to rounding.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate 100 per cent WPLS