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Incapacity Benefit

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of claims for incapacity benefit and employment and support allowance took (a) fewer than five days, (b) between five and 10 days, (c) between 10 and 20 days, (d) between 20 and 30 days, (e) between 30 and 50 days, (f) between 50 and 100 days and (g) over 100 days to process in each of the last (i) 12 months and (ii) five years for which information is available. (266128)

The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus, Mel Groves. I have asked him to provide the right hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Mel Groves:

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has asked me to respond to your question asking how many and what proportion of claims for Incapacity Benefit and Employment and Support Allowance took (a) fewer than five days, (b) between five and 10 days, (c) between 10 and 20 days, (d) between 20 and 30 days, (e) between 30 and 50 days, (f) between 50 and 100 days and (g) over 100 days to process in each of the last (i) 12 months and (ii) five years for which information is available. This is something which falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

Our benefit processing system records, in terms of volumes and percentages, the number of Incapacity Benefit claims processed within the following time bands—in 10 days, in 40 days and over 40 days. The data provided below regarding the volumes is displayed cumulatively for the first two time band sets—up to 10 days and then up to 40 days. The 40 days and over column shows the remaining claims processed beyond this time period. The percentage figures are not cumulative and are subject to rounding.

This data has been available since 2006. I have provided you with the yearly total for 2006/07 and 2007/08. I have also provided you with the in-month data for the last 12 months.

No information regarding Employment and Support Allowance will be released until the first set of official statistics is published in the Summer.

Annex

Incapacity Benefit claims processing

Incapacity Benefit processed in

Percentage

Month

10 days

11-40 days

40+ days

1-10 days

11-40 days

40 days+

March 2008

34,440

47,175

2,657

69.1

25.6

5.3

April 2008

39,021

54,989

3,225

67.0

27.4

5.5

May 2008

36,318

51,526

2,990

66.6

27.9

5.5

June 2008

37,455

52,726

3,371

66.8

27.2

6.0

July 2008

40,928

57,758

3,375

66.9

27.5

5.5

August 2008

36,445

52,348

3,865

64.8

28.3

6.9

September 2008

36,685

54,609

3,284

63.4

31.0

5.7

October 2008

40,458

62,862

4,271

60.3

33.4

6.4

November 2008

19,527

40,733

3,464

44.2

48.0

7.8

December 2008

6,865

15,744

3,600

35.5

45.9

18.6

January 2009

4,669

9,014

3,613

37.0

34.4

28.6

February 2009

3,076

5,419

1,699

43.2

32.9

23.9

2006-07

375,489

638,928

54,687

54.1

38.0

7.9

2007-08

434,007

640,999

47,403

63.0

30.1

6.9

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people receiving benefits as a result of a long-term illness had had their case reviewed by Jobcentre Plus or its contractor ATOS by 1 March 2009. (270005)

[holding answer 22 April 2009]: Information about the number of people with a long-term illness who have had their benefit entitlement reviewed by Jobcentre Plus is not collated centrally. Jobcentre Plus may ask Atos Healthcare for a reassessment as part of a review, but Atos Healthcare does not itself review cases.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of adults receive a form of incapacity benefit. (272475)

The information requested is as follows:

The number and proportion of adult incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance claimants in Great Britain: August 2008

Total claimants aged 16 and over

Percentage of population aged 16 and over

2,632,000

5.5

Notes:

1. Incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance claimants also include people receiving income support on grounds of incapacity.

2. Caseload is rounded to the nearest 10 and percentage to one decimal place.

3. Adult incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance claimants are those aged 16 and over.

4. Percentages have been calculated based on Office for National Statistics population estimates.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate 100 per cent WPLS