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Employment

Volume 487: debated on Monday 9 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many people flowed from jobseeker’s allowance into paid employment in each year since 2001; (255649)

(2) how many people flowed off jobseeker’s allowance in each year since 2001;

(3) how many people flowed off jobseeker’s allowance on to incapacity benefit in each year since 2001.

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated February 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions asking; how many people flowed from Jobseeker’s Allowance to paid employment in each year since 2001, how many people came off Jobseeker’s Allowance in each year since 2001, and how many people flowed off Jobseeker’s Allowance onto incapacity benefit in each year since 2001. (255649, 255682, 255686)

The table shows a breakdown of the destination of off-flows recorded by Jobcentre Plus in each year since 2001.

Information on the destination of off-flows from Jobseeker’s Allowance comes from a form completed by Jobcentre Plus employees when terminating a claim. Although effort is made to complete the termination as accurately as possible for each claim, there are a significant proportion of off-flows that fall into non-specific categories such as ceased claiming, not known and failed to sign.

Table 1: Destination of off-flows from jobseeker’s allowance

Into paid employment1

Claimed incapacity benefit

All other specified reasons

Not known2

Total

2001

1,402,480

128,410

434,590

848,085

2,813,565

2002

1,324,640

118,725

466,660

892,095

2,802,120

2003

1,239,685

112,075

465,940

895,200

2,712,900

2004

1,107,175

102,150

440,430

883,925

2,533,680

2005

984,225

93,045

405,130

913,115

2,395,515

2006

983,495

97,450

415,990

1,041,685

2,538,600

2007

955,120

102,405

469,355

1,091,420

2,618,300

2008

938,735

85,045

484,050

1,109,925

2,617,755

1 Either found work or increased work to 16+ hours per week.

2 Includes ceased claiming and failed to sign.

Note:

Data are rounded to the nearest five.