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Incapacity Benefit

Volume 479: debated on Monday 29 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants he expects there to be on incapacity benefit in each of the next five years, broken down by type of incapacity benefit. (209692)

[holding answer 9 June 2008]: The latest available information is in the following table. The figures assume the introduction of employment and support allowance in October 2008 and announced policies at the time forecasts were produced—they do not include future proposals yet to be agreed; The figures cover the period of the Government’s spending plans to 2010-11.

Incapacity benefits: Estimated benefit case loads

Thousand

2007-08 estimated outturn

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

Incapacity Benefit

2,400

2,220

1,930

1,670

Of which:

Short-Term Lower rate

90

50

0

0

Short-Term Higher rate

90

70

10

0

Long-Term Ordinary rate

910

890

850

730

Ex-Invalidity Benefit

320

280

260

230

Credits only

1,000

940

820

710

Severe Disablement Allowance

220

200

190

180

Notes:

1. Figures aggregated with the 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. Incapacity benefits claimants can receive short-term lower, short-term higher, long-term ordinary rates and credits only. Cases who were claimants of Invalidity Benefit, the predecessor to Incapacity Benefit, are also separately identified in the table.

3. Figures for Severe Disablement Allowance are also included in the table. This benefit was closed to new claimants in April 2001.

4. Claimants of Incapacity Benefit and Severe Disablement Allowance may also receive Income Support: figures for Income Support claimants are not shown in the table to avoid double-counting.

5. Incapacity Benefit is replaced for new claimants by Employment and Support Allowance in October 2008.

6. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10,000. Components may not sum to totals due to rounding.

7. All figures relate to individuals of working age.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the working-age population in each parliamentary constituency received incapacity benefit in each of the last five years. (220655)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of incapacity benefits are aged 60 years and over in each parliamentary constituency. (221738)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of regulation of private sector contracted welfare services for incapacity benefit claimants at a typical investment rate of £62,000 per claimant. (221739)