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Social Security Benefits: Young People

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals aged under 25 years old commenced a claim for (a) incapacity benefit, (b) work-related employment and support allowance and (c) support group employment in each of the last four quarters for which figures are available. (318668)

[holding answer 25 February 2010]: The available information is provided in the tables. Information on the number of new claims from those under 25 years old for employment and support allowance broken down into work-related employment group and support group is not available. To compile the data and quality assure them could only be done at disproportionate costs.

Incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance on-flows Great Britain and abroad

Quarter

All ages

Under 25

November 2008

112,430

20,630

February 2009

16,800

2,870

May 2009

14,980

2,250

Aug 2009

11,900

1,240

Notes:

1. On-flows in the quarter is the total number of spells on incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance that commenced within the quarter.

A person may flow on and then off the benefit more than once during the quarter. Does not include approximately eight per cent of short duration on-flows every quarter.

2. From 6 April 2001 no new claims for severe disablement benefit were accepted.

3. Incapacity benefit generally applies to people of working age although a small number of claimants are over state pension age.

4. Figures rounded to the nearest ten.

5. Some additional disclosure controls have been applied.

Source:

Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study

Employment and support allowance on-flows Great Britain and abroad

Quarter

All ages

Under 25

November 2008

54,150

10,150

February 2009

141,320

24,960

May 2009

160,740

28,310

August 2009

164,910

31,150

Notes:

1. Employment and support allowance replaced incapacity benefit and income support paid on the grounds of incapacity for new claims from 27 October 2008.

2. Data relating to employment and support allowance complies with national statistics standard however this is a new benefit using a new data source which may not have reached a steady state in terms of operational processing and retrospection.

3. Figures rounded to the nearest ten.

4. Some additional disclosure controls have been applied.

Source:

Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.