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Incapacity Benefit: Heart Diseases

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants had a recorded diagnosis which was or included a heart condition in each of the last five years; and how much was paid in such benefits to such claimants in each of these years. (270501)

Having a heart condition does not of itself confer entitlement to incapacity benefits. Until October 2008 the medical assessment of incapacity for work was the personal capability assessment. This assesses the effects of a person's condition on their ability to carry out a number of everyday activities relevant to work.

The information requested is in the following table.

Estimated incapacity benefits expenditure on claimants whose diagnosis includes heart condition (nominal terms)

£ million

2003-04

363

2004-05

338

2005-06

317

2006-07

296

2007-08

279

Notes:

1. Incapacity benefits includes incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance payable to working-aged adults.

2. Figures include incapacity related income support expenditure for incapacity benefit claimants.

3. Expenditure figures are rounded to the nearest £ million. Estimates are based on information from the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study land published DWP benefit expenditure tables.

4. DWP benefit expenditure tables can be accessed at:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/expenditure.asp

Estimated incapacity benefits case loads of claimants whose diagnosis includes heart condition (nominal terms)

All

August 2004

76,130

August 2005

70,130

August 2006

64,730

August 2007

59,120

August 2008

53,550

Notes:

1. Case load figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Causes of incapacity are based on the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, published by the World Health Organisation.

3. To qualify for incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance, claimants have to undertake a medical assessment of incapacity for work called the personal capability assessment. Therefore, the medical condition recorded on the claim form does not itself confer entitlement to benefit.

Source:

DWP Longitudinal Study