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Incapacity Benefit

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have claimed incapacity benefit in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997. (263832)

The information is in the following table.

Number of incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance claimants in each year since August 1997

Great Britain

North East Government office region

South Tyneside local authority

Jarrow parliamentary constituency

August

1997

2,829,000

196,000

12,200

5,800

1998

2,759,900

186,600

11,500

5,700

1999

2,721,500

185,240

11,600

6,080

2000

2,745,460

185,790

11,520

5,940

2001

2,794,330

189,050

11,680

6,070

2002

2,800,130

188,710

11,760

6,090

2003

2,807,290

187,160

11,430

5,930

2004

2,804,980

182,790

11,020

5,680

2005

2,755,460

176,190

10,550

5,450

2006

2,712,850

170,250

10,320

5,290

2007

2,671,210

163,600

10,020

5,120

2008

2,620,420

156,290

9,540

4,810

Note:100 per cent. figures are rounded to the nearest 10, 5 per cent. figures are rounded to the nearest 100 and have been uprated to be consistent with Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study data. Source: Data pre-1999: Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate, 5 per cent. sample and Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study data. Data from 1999 onwards: Department for Work and Pensions Information Directorate 100 per cent. Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.