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Incapacity Benefit

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 23 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of (a) working age adults were in receipt of incapacity benefit and (b) households in each Metropolitan council area were workless in the most recent period for which figures are available. (181649)

At May 2007 7.2 per cent. of working age adults were claimants of incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance.

Information about working age workless households is in the following table:

Working age workless households1, April to June 2007, not seasonally adjusted)

Proportion (percentage) by Metropolitan council area

GB

16.1

Barnsley

25.0

Birmingham

21.4

Bolton

18.0

Bradford

17.7

Bury

14.4

Calderdale

19.2

Coventry

16.0

Doncaster

21.3

Dudley

18.5

Gateshead

19.9

Kirklees

17.3

Knowsley

27.0

Leeds

17.3

Liverpool

25.2

Manchester

24.7

Newcastle Upon Tyne

20.9

North Tyneside

19.2

Oldham

25.1

Rochdale

26.0

Rotherham

19.6

Salford

23.7

Sandwell

22.9

Sefton

22.0

Sheffield

18.6

Solihull

14.0

South Tyneside

23.3

St. Helens

26.5

Stockport

14.4

Sunderland

23.5

Tameside

17.2

Trafford

7.4

Wakefield

15.6

Walsall

18.4

Wigan

22.8

Wirral

18.3

Wolverhampton

26.7

1 A workless household is a household with at least one person of working age (men aged 16 to 64 and women aged 16 to 59), and in which no one aged 16 or over is in employment. Notes: 1. Base for percentages excludes households with unknown economic activity status. 2. As with any sample survey, estimates from the Labour Force Survey are subject to a margin or uncertainty. Source: Labour Force Survey.