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Social Security Benefits

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 21 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) England, (b) Essex and (c) Braintree constituency are in receipt of each type of benefit administered by her Department. (312079)

[holding answer 20 January 2010]: The information requested is in the following table.

Recipients of benefits in the Braintree parliamentary constituency, the county of Essex and England by statistical group: May 2009

England

Essex

Braintree

Jobseekers

1,245,820

27,360

2,430

ESA and incapacity benefits

2,162,560

44,550

3,450

Lone parents

625,830

13,750

1,130

Carers

665,180

16,450

1,220

Others on income related benefit

2,105,360

51,380

3,960

Disabled

1,764,340

45,630

3,530

Bereaved

80,170

2,210

160

Receiving state pension only

6,240,990

198,100

13,950

All

14,890,230

399,450

29,840

Notes:

1. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest ten; some additional disclosure control has also been applied.

2. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

3. Caseload figures for attendance allowance, carers allowance, and disability living allowance include those cases with entitlement but where payment is currently suspended (for example, because of an extended stay in hospital or an overlapping benefit).

4. The statistical group is a hierarchical variable. A person who fits into more than one category will only appear in the top-most one for which they are eligible. For example a claimant of disability living allowance and jobseeker's allowance would appear in “Jobseekers”, not in “Disabled”.

5. From November 2008 the “incapacity benefits group” includes employment and support allowance (ESA). ESA replaced incapacity benefit and income support paid on the grounds of incapacity for new claims from 27 October 2008. Prior to this the “incapacity benefits group” referred to claimants of incapacity benefit (including credits only) or severe disablement allowance including people claiming income support on the grounds of incapacity.

6. May 2009 are the most recent data available.

Source:

DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.