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Jobseeker's Allowance

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people have flowed on to jobseeker's allowance (JSA) who (a) had previously claimed JSA within the last (i) three months, (ii) six months, (iii) one year and (iv) two years and (b) had not previously claimed JSA in each of the last 12 months; (244471)

(2) how many people have flowed on to jobseeker's allowance who (a) had previously claimed it within the last (i) three months, (ii) six months, (iii) one year and (iv) two years and (b) had not previously claimed it in each of the last 10 months.

[holding answer 16 December 2008]: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 16 December 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many people have flowed on to jobseeker's allowance (JSA) who (a) had previously claimed JSA within the last (i) three months (ii) six months (iii) one year and (iv) two years and (b) had not previously claimed jobseeker's allowance, in each of the last 12 months. (244471).

We have combined this answer with another Parliamentary Question asking how many people have flowed on to jobseeker's allowance (JSA) who (a) had previously claimed JSA within the last (i) three months (ii) six months (iii) one year and (iv) two years and (b) had not previously claimed it, in each of the last 10 months. (244472).

Table 1, attached, shows the estimate of the number of people who have flowed on to JSA in each of the last 12 months, by the length of time since they last claimed and also the number of people who have never previously claimed. These estimates have been derived using data from the Jobcentre Plus 5% cohort. This is a sample of the Jobcentre Plus administrative system.

Table 1: Number of onflows1 to jobseekers allowance by length of time since previous claim, by month

Not seasonally adjusted

Length of time since previous claim

Month of onflow

Up to 3 months

Up to 6 months

Up to 1 year

Up to 2 years

Never claimed

2007

November

67.4

84.3

101.9

114.2

31.2

December2

81.3

102.1

123.8

139.1

35.4

2008

January

63.6

79.9

96.0

107.4

27.5

February2

85.4

112.1

137.4

155.7

48.4

March

64.6

83.9

100.8

114.8

33.6

April

62.3

77.7

93.6

106.6

33.3

May

68.6

81.7

97.3

110.7

31.4

June2

90.7

110.6

131.5

148.3

43.8

July

73.6

91.0

109.2

126.4

53.2

August2

93.9

118.2

140.6

161.2

62.7

September

76.9

104.0

111.3

126.3

53.1

October

80.7

101.3

118.4

136.3

53.3

1 Number of claims started within month.

2 Five week month (remaining months are 4 week months).

3 Estimates are based on a 5 per cent. sample of computerised claims. All claims have been weighted by a factor of 20 to represent the population.

Source:

Jobcentre Plus 5 per cent. Cohort2