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Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of people were (a) classified as living in poverty, (b) claiming jobseeker’s allowance and (c) claiming employment and support allowance in each local authority area in each year since 2000. (285861)

[holding answer 13 July 2009]: Poverty statistics, published in the Households Below Average Income series, only allow a breakdown of the overall number and proportion of people in relative poverty at Country and Government Office Region levels or for Inner or Outer London. This means information for each local authority area is not available.

The number of JSA claimants in each local authority since 2000 is given in the document that has been placed in the Library.

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) replaced incapacity benefit for new claims from 27 October 2008. The latest quarterly data available is November 2008, which means that a full quarter’s data are not available at present. Provisional headline figures are shown in the following table. Information for each local authority area is not yet available.

Provisional working age claimants of ESA November 2008

ESA (Thousand)

November 2008



1. Figure relating to ESA has been thoroughly quality assured to National Statistics Standard, however it should be noted that this is a new benefit using a new data source which may not have reached steady state in terms of operational processing and retrospection. Hence ESA figures for November 2008 are provisional.

2. Figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred.


DWP Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.