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Incapacity Benefit

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the 10 most common medical conditions in respect of which incapacity benefit claimants received the benefit were in each of the last five years. (270499)

The classification identifies some conditions separately while others are grouped together in ‘other’ or ‘miscellaneous’ categories. Some of these grouped categories are among those with the highest caseload numbers. The level of detail of the supporting documentation may determine whether a case is allocated to a more specific category, or has to be put in a grouped category. Because of these grouped categories, we cannot be certain what the 10 most common medical conditions among incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance claimants are, only the most common conditions are separately identified.