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Employment and Support Allowance

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much he estimates will be spent on each type of employment and support allowance in each of the next five years. (209311)

[holding answer 6 June 2008]: Employment and support allowance expenditure forecasts split by the Work Related Activity Group and the Support Group are not available. The following table presents estimates of total employment and support allowance expenditure covering the Government's spending plan period up to 2010-11.

Employment and support allowance: estimated benefit expenditure

£ million, nominal terms

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

Employment and support allowance

430

1,540

2,840

Of which:

Contributory

200

660

1,170

Income-based

230

890

1,670

Notes:

1. The estimates of employment and support allowance are also available on the DWP website through the following link:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/expenditure.asp

2. Employment and support allowance will be introduced in October 2008.

3. Figures are rounded to the nearest £10 million. Components may not sum to totals due to rounding.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants he expects there to be of employment and support allowance in each of the next five years, broken down by type of employment and support allowance. (209691)

Employment and Support Allowance caseload forecasts split by the Work Related Activity Group and the Support Group are not available. However, we expect some 10 per cent. of new Employment and Support Allowance customers to be placed in the Support Group, rising to at least 20 per cent. in the future Employment and Support Allowance stock. Information about estimates of total Employment and Support Allowance caseloads to the end of the Government’s spending plans are in the following table.

Employment and support allowance: estimated benefit caseload

Number (thousand)

2008-09

100

2009-10

280

2010-11

480

Notes:

1. The estimates of employment and support allowance combined with incapacity benefit caseloads are also available on the DWP website through the following link:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/expenditure.asp

2. Employment and support allowance will be introduced in October 2008.

3. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10,000.