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Social Security Benefits: Wales

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of people claimed each type of benefit in (a) Aberavon constituency and (b) Wales in each year since 1979. (190221)

Information is not available prior to 2002. Estimates for the proportion of the population are not available at parliamentary constituency level. The available information is in the following tables.

Working age and pensioner client groups, by statistical group and proportion (percentage) of adult population in Wales, as at May each year

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

All benefits

947,340

949,200

944,530

945,710

949,070

948,240

Proportion

40.5

40.2

39.7

39.5

39.5

39.4

Job seekers

45,700

45,120

38,620

40,320

44,400

40,100

Proportion

2.0

1.9

1.6

1.7

1.8

1.7

Incapacity benefits

223,970

221 ,220

216,800

212,140

206,880

200,540

Proportion

9.6

9.4

9.1

8.9

8.6

8.3

Lone parents

46,580

45,020

42,860

40,540

39,800

38,540

Proportion

2.0

1.9

1.8

1.7

1.7

1.6

Carers

30,350

34,180

41 ,780

46,310

49,860

52,540

Proportion

1.3

1.4

1.8

1.9

2.1

2.2

Other income related benefit

93,770

94,270

134,090

143,110

144,850

145,380

Proportion

4.0

4.0

5.6

6.0

6.0

6.0

Disabled

138,000

142,900

128,630

126,520

129,450

133,590

Proportion

5.9

6.1

5.4

5.3

5.4

5.6

Bereaved

10,610

9,530

8,500

7,860

7,080

6,340

Proportion

0.5

0.4

0.4

0.3

0.3

0.3

State pension only

358,370

356,970

333,260

328,910

326,750

331,220

Proportion

15.3

15.1

14.0

13.8

13.6

13.8

Working age and pensioner client groups, by Statistical group in the Aberavon parliamentary constituency, as at May each year

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

All

25,240

25,280

24,870

24,860

24,720

24,560

Job seekers

1,070

1,110

860

1,000

1,010

960

Incapacity benefits

7,550

7,520

7,340

7,230

6,920

6,700

Lone parent

1,320

1,300

1,220

1,190

1,170

1,180

Carers

1,110

1,310

1,580

1,780

1,980

2,090

Other income related benefits

2,590

2,580

3,640

3,810

3,960

3,920

Disabled

4,620

4,760

4,240

4,100

4,060

4,150

Bereaved

210

190

170

140

140

120

State pension only

6,770

6,530

5,830

5,620

5,480

5,450

Notes:

1. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest ten.

2. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

3. Figures for attendance allowance, carers allowance, and disability living 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).

4. Statistical Group is a hierarchical variable. A person who fits into more than one category will only appear in the top-most one for which they are eligible.

Job Seeker: claimant on jobseekers allowance;

Incapacity benefits: claimant on incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance;

Lone Parent: claimant on income support with child under 16 and no partner;

Carer: claimant entitled to carer’s allowance;

Other Income related benefit: claimant on income support or pension credit;

Disabled: claimant on attendance allowance or disability living allowance;

Bereaved: claimant on bereavement benefit or widow's benefit;

State Pension only: claimant in receipt of state pension only.

For example a claimant of disability living allowance and jobseekers allowance would appear in “job seeker”, not in “disabled”.

Source:

Department for Work and Pensions Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study. ONS mid-year population estimates.