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Benefits

Volume 689: debated on Wednesday 21 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the total distribution of all forms of income support and other financial benefits in each county in England in the past financial year. [HL1725]

The available information is in the table.

English Counties 2005-06 £ million

(a) Income Support and Jobseeker's Allowance-income based

(b) Pension Credit

(c) Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit

(d) Other Benefits

Greater London

2,113

948

4,312

6,841

Greater Manchester

634

327

801

3,356

Merseyside

455

214

2,045

2,130

South Yorkshire

276

160

346

1,783

Tyne and Wear

272

157

395

1,554

West Midlands

709

397

881

3,359

West Yorkshire

426

237

546

2,605

Bedfordshire

46

29

84

435

Buckinghamshire

39

28

86

535

Cambridgeshire

55

43

107

652

Cheshire

78

54

125

923

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

76

63

133

771

Cumbria

69

49

110

748

Derbyshire

100

76

155

1,047

Devon

76

74

160

1,080

Dorset

36

36

89

647

Durham

99

64

146

775

East Sussex

74

53

152

782

Essex

173

121

320

1,744

Gloucestershire

64

49

123

739

Hampshire

106

80

230

1,526

Hertfordshire

114

79

243

1,209

Kent

195

125

355

1,771

Lancashire

186

125

268

1,625

Leicestershire

48

48

80

771

Lincolnshire

82

71

130

1,005

Norfolk

113

89

194

1,224

Northamptonshire

79

55

128

748

Northumberland

47

32

67

457

North Yorkshire

51

48

106

785

Nottinghamshire

107

67

150

1,049

Oxfordshire

56

38

133

657

Shropshire

27

29

54

414

Somerset

54

48

112

728

Staffordshire

89

73

140

1,107

Suffolk

79

65

151

947

Surrey

82

60

203

1,247

Warwickshire

54

46

101

676

West Sussex

76

61

176

1,075

Wiltshire

36

32

84

537

Worcestershire

61

49

110

737

Total

7,613

4,499

14,336

52,799

Source: DWP Benefit expenditure tables and DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study

Notes:

Figures are for 2005-06 rounded to the nearest £million and are consistent with Pre-Budget Report 2006.Totals may not sum due to rounding.

Income Support, including Jobseeker's Allowance income-based, is in column (a). Other main Income based benefits are in columns (b) and (c).

In column (d) are the principal benefits, State Pension, Winter Fuel Payments, Attendance Allowance, Incapacity Benefit and Severe Disablement Allowance, Jobseeker’s Allowance-contribution based, Disability Living Allowance, Carer's Allowance and Bereavement Benefits.