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Social Security Benefits: Angus

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Angus constituency are in receipt of (a) attendance allowance, (b) incapacity benefit and (c) jobseeker’s allowance; and what the average weekly amount received is in each case. (318799)

Attendance allowance provides an important non-contributory, non-income-related and tax free cash contribution towards the extra costs of severely disabled people. The Government are committed to providing real help to disabled people, particularly through the early stages of economic recovery. This is why the Chancellor announced in the December 2009 pre-Budget report that attendance allowance would be increased by 1.5 per cent.—bringing forward help when it is most needed. Without this commitment, the recent negative growth in the retail prices index would have meant that this benefit would not have increased in 2010.

From 27 October 2008 we replaced incapacity benefits for new customers with the employment and support allowance and a revised medical assessment which focuses on what people can do, rather than what they cannot.

The information requested is in the table.

Number of cases in payment and average weekly payment of attendance allowance, incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance and jobseeker’s allowance in the Angus constituency in August 2009

Number of cases in payment

Average weekly amount paid (£)

Attendance allowance

2,360

61.20

Incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance

2,370

93.59

Jobseeker’s allowance

1,540

63.08

Notes:

1. Benefit recipients are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Average weekly amounts are rounded to the nearest penny.

3. Benefit recipients receiving more than one of these benefits will be counted under each benefit.

4. Attendance allowance totals exclude people with entitlement where the payment has been suspended, for example if they are in hospital.

5. These data do not include claimants of employment and support allowance introduced from October 2008

6. All data refer to benefit recipients and therefore will exclude credits only cases.

Source:

Department for Work and Pensions Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.