Skip to main content

Income Support

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 of income support in each of the next five years, broken down by type of income support. (209690)

[holding answer 9 June 2008]: The available information is in the table. The information is available for the period up to the end of the Government’s spending plans, 2010-11.

Income support: Estimated numbers of claimants

Thousand

2007-081

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

Income support

2,120

2,050

1,730

1,510

Of which:

Sick or disabled

1,250

1,200

990

860

Lone parents

760

730

610

520

Others

120

120

130

130

1 Estimated outturn

Notes:

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

2. Income support on the grounds of incapacity will no longer be payable to new claimants after the introduction of employment and support allowance in October 2008.

3. Figures for ‘Others’ include income support for carers, pregnant women and ex-minimum income guarantee claimants.

4. Figures are consistent with benefit expenditure tables available on the DWP website through the following link:

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much families with a child (a) claiming and (b) not claiming disability living allowance received on average in (i) income support and (ii) housing benefit in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (216580)