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Incapacity Benefit: North East

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of children aged (a) under five, (b) between five and 11 and (c) between 12 and 16 years living in households in receipt of incapacity benefit in each local authority area in the North East. (219092)

The information is not available for households in the format requested. The available information, which is for those claiming incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance, is in the following table.

Number of children aged 0-15 dependent on a parent or guardian claiming incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance by north east local authority—April 2007

Aged 0-4

Aged 5-11

Aged 12-16

Alnwick

65

85

75

Berwick-upon-Tweed

40

65

75

Blyth Valley

250

480

460

Castle Morpeth

60

120

145

Chester-le-Street

165

280

300

Darlington

290

470

440

Derwentside

300

550

560

Durham

220

375

370

Easington

700

1,300

1,200

Gateshead

665

1,160

1,025

Hartlepool

420

775

765

Middlesbrough

575

945

970

Newcastle upon Tyne

855

1,585

1,480

North Tyneside

470

865

875

Redcar and Cleveland

510

880

815

Sedgefield

395

665

630

South Tyneside

420

790

860

Stockton-on-Tees

500

845

890

Sunderland

985

1,885

1,955

Teesdale

35

90

65

Tynedale

50

125

140

Wansbeck

205

405

370

Wear Valley

255

460

425

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

2. All data represent a snapshot in time of claimants on the computer system, and will therefore exclude a very small number of cases that are held clerically.

3. Data represent children who are dependent on a parent/guardian claiming incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance.

4. The Department does not have complete information on child dependents on the benefit computer systems, therefore children have been merged onto incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance claims from child benefit records with permission from HMRC.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households were in receipt of incapacity benefit in each parliamentary constituency in the North East in the most recent period for which figures are available. (219094)

The information is not available for households in the format requested. The available information, which is for those claiming incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance, is in the following table.

Number of incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance claimants in parliamentary constituencies in the North East; as at November 2007

Number

Berwick-upon-Tweed

2,920

Bishop Auckland

6,170

Blaydon

4,140

Blyth Valley

4,770

City of Durham

4,500

Darlington

4,970

Easington

8,570

Gateshead East and Washington West

5,270

Hartlepool

7,190

Hexham

2,320

Houghton and Washington East

6,430

Jarrow

5,050

Middlesbrough

7,250

Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland

5,470

Newcastle upon Tyne Central

4,650

Newcastle upon Tyne East and Wallsend

5,780

Newcastle upon Tyne North

4,790

North Durham

5,770

North Tyneside

5,300

North West Durham

5,480

Redcar

5,910

Sedgefield

6,080

South Shields

5,610

Stockton North

5,610

Stockton South

4,270

Sunderland North

6,120

Sunderland South

6,300

Tyne Bridge

7,100

Tynemouth

3,800

Wansbeck

4,960

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Numbers of incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance claimants by parliamentary constituency at November 2007 are published on the NOMIS website at: www.nomisweb.co.uk.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate 100 per cent. WPLS