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Incapacity Benefit: Wakefield

Volume 479: debated on Monday 29 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children in (a) Hemsworth constituency and (b) Wakefield district are dependent on parents or guardians whose main income source is incapacity benefit. (220923)

The available information is in the following table.

Number of children aged 0-15 dependent on a parent/guardian claiming one or more of incapacity benefit or severe disablement: April 2007

Number of children

Hemsworth parliamentary constituency

1,365

Wakefield local authority

4,025

Notes:

1. Data represent a snapshot in time of claimants on the computer system, and therefore excludes a very small number of cases that are held clerically.

2. The Department does not hold complete information on child dependents on its benefit computer systems and, 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