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Incapacity Benefit

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average duration was of a finished incapacity benefit claim commenced in each year since 1997. (207726)

[holding answer 2 June 2008]: The available information is in the following table.

Number of terminated incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance claims commencing in each year since 1997 by duration

Year ending August

Number of incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance commencements

Number of the commencements whose claim has now terminated (since 1997)

Average (median) duration of the commencements whose claim has now terminated (since 1997) (days)

1997

997,100

885,000

161

1998

869,100

762,600

153

1999

828,200

716,000

159

2000

798,900

674,200

167

2001

774,300

633,600

174

2002

727,100

586,700

168

2003

714,000

555,100

166

2004

686,900

512,700

165

2005

638,300

444,200

149

2006

599,100

369,500

135

2007

588,400

210,300

88

Notes:

1. Numbers of claims are rounded to the nearest 100.

2. Both the number of claims terminated and the average length of terminated claims are subject to revision. This is particularly the case for more recent years as claims recorded as terminating subsequently will have the effect of increasing the average length of claim.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate 5 per cent. terminations dataset.