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Jobseeker’s Allowance: Wales

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of jobseeker's allowance claimants in each constituency in Wales had been claiming the allowance for (a) up to three, (b) between three and six, (c) between six and 12 and (d) between 12 and 24 months in each of the last 18 months; and if she will make a statement. (294067)

I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Jil Matheson, dated October 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many and what proportion of jobseeker's allowance claimants in each constituency in Wales had been claiming the allowance for (a) up to three, (b) between three and six, (c) between six and 12 and (d) between 12 and 24 months in each of the last 18 months. (294067).

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles the number of claimants of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) from the Jobcentre Plus administrative system. Table 1 shows the number of computerised claims of Jobseeker's allowance (JSA) for people, aged 16 or over resident in each parliamentary constituency in Wales, by duration of the claim for each of the last 18 months. Table 2 shows the percentage of all claimants in each constituency by duration of the claim. As the information provided is extensive, a copy of the tables has been placed in the House of Commons Library.

National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count are available on the NOMIS website at:

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk