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Social Security Benefits: Inverness Nairn Badenoch and Strathspey

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of each type of benefit there were in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency in each of the last 60 months. (251475)

Constituency information is not available prior to 2005. The available information is in the following table.

Working age and pensioner client groups, by statistical group in the Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency, as at May each year

2005

2006

2007

2008

All

25,590

25,720

25,940

26,300

Jobseekers

990

900

760

730

Incapacity benefits

4,320

4,320

4,330

4,110

Lone parent

890

870

800

770

Carers

900

1,000

1,030

1,040

Other income related benefits

3,680

3,790

3,770

3,750

Disabled

2,790

2,880

2,940

3,140

Bereaved

330

290

250

230

State pension only

11,690

11,670

12,050

12,550

Notes:

1. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

3. Figures for attendance allowance, carers allowance, and disability living allowance include those cases with entitlement but where payment is currently suspended (for example because of an extended stay in hospital or being in receipt of an overlapping benefit).

4. Statistical group is a hierarchical variable. A person who fits into more than one category will only appear in the top-most one for which they are eligible:

Jobseeker: claimant on jobseekers allowance;

Incapacity benefits: claimant on incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance;

Lone parent: claimant on income support with child under 16 and no partner;

Carer: claimant entitled to carer's allowance;

Other income related benefit: claimant on income support or pension credit; disabled: claimant on attendance allowance or disability living allowance, anyone of working age in this group will be claiming DLA only, and is likely to be in work;

Bereaved: claimant on bereavement benefit or widow's benefit;

State pension only: claimant in receipt of state pension only.

For example a claimant of disability living allowance and jobseekers allowance would appear in “job seeker”, not in “disabled”.

5. Jobseeker's allowance data have been revised following improvements to the methodology for compiling Department for Work and Pensions jobseeker's allowance statistics. To ensure consistency overtime the improved methodology was applied to historical data. The preferred source of data for jobseeker's allowance claimants is the Office for National Statistics' claimant count. However, in this case, the Department for Work and Pensions Work and Pensions Longitudinal Survey has been used for consistency with the other benefit statistics.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate