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Social Security Benefits: Na h-Eileanan an Iar

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of incapacity benefit in Na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the average weekly payment made in such benefit was in that constituency in that period. (319066)

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 following table.

Number of cases in payment and average weekly payment of incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance in the Na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency in August 2009

Number of cases in payment

Average weekly amount paid (£)

Incapacity Benefit/Severe Disablement Allowance

800

94.33

Notes:

1. Benefit recipients are rounded to the nearest 10.

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

3. The data do not include claimants of employment and support allowance introduced from October 2008.

4. All data refer to benefit recipients and will therefore exclude credits only and nil payment cases.

Source:

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