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Incapacity Benefit

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many and what proportion of incapacity benefit claimants in each region have been in receipt of incapacity benefits for five years or more; and what those numbers are per 100,000 population in each region; (258096)

(2) how many and what proportion of incapacity benefit claimants had been in receipt of the benefit for five years or more in each of the last four quarters for which figures are available.

[holding answer 23 February 2009]: The information is in the following tables.

The number and proportion of working age incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance claimants of over five years by Government Office Region and per 100,000 of the working age population

Government Office Region

Caseload of recipients over five years

Proportion of total caseload (percentage)

Claimants of over five years per 100,000 of working age population

North East

93,020

60.5

4,193

North West

228,630

58.4

3,589

Yorkshire and The Humber

130,060

56.7

2,824

East Midlands

98,400

55.4

2,665

West Midlands

130,670

55.4

2,774

East

94,410

53.1

1,912

London

161,590

53.1

1,538

South East

122,910

51.8

1,657

South West

102,730

53.6

2,273

Wales

112,970

59.7

4,644

Scotland

168,640

58.0

3,623

Great Britain

1,444,030

56.0

2,643

Notes:

1. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Durations refer to incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance awards.

3. Working age population figures are for GB only, taken from the Office for National Statistics mid year population estimate for 2007.

4. Data available from www.nomis.co.uk.

Source:

Department for Work and Pensions Information Directorate, 100 per cent. Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study

The number and percentage of working age incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance claimants who have been receiving benefit for more than five years in each of the last four quarters for which figures are available

November 2007

February 2008

May 2008

August 2008

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Great Britain

1,457,160

55.4

1,452,590

55.7

1,448,050

56.0

1,444,030

56.0

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Durations refer to incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance awards.

3. Data available from www.nomis.co.uk

Source:

Department for Work and Pensions Information Directorate, 100 per cent. Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.