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Social Security Benefits

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 15 July 2009, Official Report, column 695W, on social security benefits, what the monetary value of all benefit payments made to residents of (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) England was in (i) 2007 and (ii) 2008. (291449)

The information is as follows.

Benefit expenditure

£ million

2007-08

2008-09

England

99,314

105,476

Yorkshire and the Humber

9,986

10,552

Notes:

1. Does not cover all benefit expenditure, only the major benefits where the data are available on the DWP tabulation tool. This does however cover approximately 90 per cent. of all benefit expenditure

2. Tables containing benefit expenditure split by benefit, departmental strategic objective, local authority and parliamentary constituency can be found at the following URL:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/medium_term.asp

3. Figures rounded to nearest million

Source:

DWP Statistical and Accounting Data

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate she has made of the number of people affected by a marginal withdrawal of benefit rate of more than (a) 90 per cent., (b) 70 per cent. and (c) 50 per cent. in each of the last 10 years. (296097)

I have been asked to reply.

The Government publish estimates for the numbers of people facing high marginal deduction rates (MDRs), which include tax payments as well as benefit withdrawal. These figures are published in Budget and Pre-Budget Report documents.

Figures provided in Budget 2009 showed that the estimated number of people affected by an MDR of greater than:

90 per cent. was 60,000 (down from 130,000 before Budget 1998),

70 per cent. was estimated at 305,000 (down from 740,000 before Budget 1998).

No estimate has been made for those affected by an MDR of greater than 50 per cent.