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Social Security Benefits: Inverness

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 23 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed benefits in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency in each year since 1997, broken down by benefit claimed. (200082)

Constituency information is not available prior to 2005. The available information is in the following table.

Working age and pensioner client groups, by statistical group in the Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency, as at May each year

2005

2006

2007

All

25,660

25,800

25,990

Job seekers

1,060

1,000

820

Incapacity benefits

4,320

4,320

4,330

Lone parent

890

870

800

Carers

900

1,000

1,030

Other income related benefits

3,680

3,790

3,770

Disabled

2,790

2,880

2,940

Bereaved

330

290

250

State pension only

11,690

11,670

12,050

Notes:

1. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest 10. 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 being in receipt of 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: DWP Information Directorate

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the take-up rate of each benefit in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency was in each year since 1997; (200085)

(2) what the value of unclaimed income-related benefits in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency was in each year since 1997, broken down by benefit type.

Estimates of take-up and the value of unclaimed benefits are not available below the level of Great Britain. It is therefore not possible to say what the take-up rate, or amount of unclaimed benefit was in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency.