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National Insurance

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Vauxhall (Kate Hoey) of 16 January 1998, Official Report, column 344, what is the cost to the Exchequer of the measures announced regarding the level of national insurance contracting-out rebates. [25123]

Mr. Denham: The cost of increasing the age related rebates for holders of Appropriate Personal Pensions for the tax year 2000/2001 is £140 million 1 .



Attendance Allowance

Mr. O'Hara: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) if she will make a statement on the number of those who have received attendance allowance in each year since 1992; [24864]

Mr. Denham: The information requested is given in the tables.

Thousands
YearNumber
1992-93(28)890
1993-94(28)962
1994-95(28)1,046
1995-96(27)1,108
1996-97(27)1,166

Source:

1. 5 per cent. data and figures relate to end of February.

2. 100 per cent. data with adjustments to reflect the extent to which live cases were overstated. Figures relate to end of March.

Notes:

1. Figures relate to people being paid the benefit and exclude those where payment is suspended.


Attendance allowance expenditure 1992-93 to 1997-98
£ million

1992-93 (outturn)1993-941994-951995-96(27)1996-97(28)1997-98
AA expenditure in cash prices1,5531,7951,9632,1942,4212,704
AA expenditure in real terms (1997-98 prices)1,7601,9772,1292,3172,4872,704

Source:

1. The Government's Expenditure Plans 1997-98 to 1999-2000.

Notes:

1. Estimated outturn.

2. 1997-98 plan.


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Mr. O'Hara: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what proportion of claims for attendance allowance resulted in (i) an award at (a) the lower rate and (b) the higher rate, and (ii) no award in each year since 1992. [24815]

Mr. Denham: The information requested is given in the table.

Claims for attendance allowance(27)
Thousands

Decisions made
YearAll decisions madePercentage awarded lower ratePercentage awarded higher ratePercentage not awarded
1992-93498,753443224
1993-94456,281393129
1994-95481,330373231
1995-96465,971373429
1996-97457,060373330

Source:

Analytical Services Division: 100 per cent. data.

Note:

Due to rounding the percentages do not always sum to 100.


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Mr. O'Hara: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what proportion and number of claimants whose claim for attendance allowance had been refused asked for a review; what proportion and number were successful for each year since 1992; and what proportion and number of those who were unsuccessful at review successfully appealed. [24968]

Mr. Denham: The information is not available in the form requested.

Statistics collected for Attendance Allowance reivews do not distinguish between customers who ask for reviews because their claims were refused and those seeking reviews of existing awards because, for example, of deteriorating conditions. Similarly, the statistics collected for appeals do not distinguish between customers who appeal following unsuccessful reviews where claims have been refused and those appealing against unsuccessful reviews of existing awards. Such information as is available is given in the table below.

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Claims, reviews and appeals for attendance allowance

1992-931993-941994-951995-961996-97
Claims refused119,298132,785146,924134,568137,162
Review decisions(27) (28)100,588119,263110,044126,995118,315
Reviews that are successful(28) (29)62,27479,50377,56987,46673,724
Appeals decisions(28) (30) (32)4,5565,6745,3513,1854,967
Appeals that are successful(28) (31)------2,1222,900

Source:

1. Analytical Services Division: 100 per cent data.

Notes:

(27) Includes both reviews for claims refused and also reviews of existing awards.

(28) May include decisions made about claims which were refused in a previous year.

(29) Includes both successful reviews of claims which were refused and existing awards where the value of awards was increased.

(30) Includes both decisions about claims which were refused and decisions about existing awards.

(31) Includes both successful reviews of claims which were refused and existing awards where the value of the award was increased.

(32) figures prior to 1995-96 include appeals withdrawn or not decided pending further information.


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Pensioner Incomes

Mr. O'Hara: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security in which years since 1968 the state retirement pension has been uprated by (a) the higher of average earnings or prices, (b) prices and (c) neither. [25136]

Mr. Denham: Prior to 1974 there was no statutory obligation to uprate benefits. Increases in Retirement Pensions occurred occasionally on an ad hoc basis. From 1974 to 1979 Retirement Pension was uprated by the higher of earnings or prices. Since 1980 and every subsequent year upratings have been in line with prices.

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Welfare Budget

Mr. Watts: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if she will list the cost and proportion of GDP accounted for by (a) UK and (b) EU welfare benefits in each of the last 10 years. [25260]

Mr. Field: The information is not available in the format requested. Such information that is available is shown in the tables "Cost and Proportion of Gross Domestic Product", copies of which have been placed in the Library, and a copy of which I am sending to my hon. Friend.

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Comparisons of expenditure on social protection in European Union countries are made by Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities. The

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Eurostat definition of social protection expenditure includes expenditure on health and social services as well as Social Security.

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Cost and proportion of Gross Domestic Product
Social Protection Expenditure as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product at market prices

19831984198519861987198819891990199119921993
Belgium30.829.929.329.429.027.726.726.927.427.027.0
Denmark30.128.627.826.727.428.929.929.830.932.133.3
Germany(33)----------------28.830.131.0
Germany(34)28.928.528.428.228.628.527.626.926.426.827.7
Greece13.814.615.415.516.115.716.416.115.314.915.8
Spain19.319.319.919.619.719.820.120.721.823.024.5
France28.328.728.828.528.128.027.527.628.429.230.9
Ireland23.923.423.623.122.421.219.419.420.521.321.5
Italy22.922.022.622.422.922.922.723.624.125.525.7
Luxembourg27.225.823.122.123.122.521.822.523.623.924.6
Netherlands33.432.331.731.332.031.731.032.232.332.933.4
Portugal14.014.014.114.314.114.814.515.017.318.118.5
United Kingdom(38)23.924.224.324.323.521.921.722.725.327.027.8
European Union(35)----------------26.527.728.8
European Union(36)26.225.926.025.925.925.424.925.225.926.827.8
Austria----------------------
Finland--------------25.430.134.135.2
Sweden----------------------
European Union(37)----------------------

Source:

Social Protection Expenditure and Receipts 1980-94, Eurostat.

Notes:

(33) Germany with the new German Lander.

(34) Germany without the new German Lander.

(35) Old territorial situation of the European Union with 12 member states, among which reunited Germany is included.

(36) Old territorial situation of the European Union with 12 member states, without the new German Lander.

(37) Total for the European Union.

(38) UK data refer to the British financial year which runs from 1 April in one year to 31 March the following year. Data for other countries are for calender years.

(39) 1993 is the last complete year for which data are available.


Total current expenditure on social protection in National Currencies

19831984198519861987198819891990199119921993
Belgium1,269,9731,327,3191,390,4501,469,1111,512,0501,539,8951,607,0901,728,6571,847,7081,918,0601,960,129
Denmark154,491161,952171,197178,136191,662211,848229,549237,814256,153273,672290,791
Germany(40)----------------821,641924,800978,032
Germany(41)482,366499,494518,350542,732569,038597,556613,652651,831699,865752,655787,946
Greece509,968666,969856,3641,025,9791,211,6951,430,1531,772,9042,091,0962,431,8102,723,6683,251,062
Spain4,356,2634,924,4165,618,0716,343,2717,106,3227,933,7029,054,58010,376,88511,987,39813,566,30114,897,989
France1,133,9871,252,8451,354,5841,444,9961,500,4261,603,0091,696,2701,799,8541,923,4452,048,6622,186,853
Ireland3,5673,8824,2414,5464,7234,8154,9255,2675,7906,3856,095
Italy(46)144,828159,801182,795201,664224,810249,834271,393310,169344,594383,084398,797
Luxembourg47,49850,04652,29055,48460,14364,87571,29477,91288,01695,372107,557
Netherlands129,577131,038134,746136,989140,980145,119150,133166,189175,409185,967193,432
Portugal369,646452,502569,327721,996838,7271,029,1981,183,9951,442,5841,912,3822,289,0582,486,937
United Kingdom(45)72,53478,54486,66593,34498,942103,050111,643124,914145,176160,743174,600
European Union(42)----------------1,384,7821,514,9761,587,423
European Union(43)759,232811,,920874,632923,424972,1331,037,8451,107,5271,206,8401,325,4081,429,7551,489,238
Austria----------------------
Finland--------130,809147,966162,817169,568
Sweden----------------------
European Union(44)----------------------

Source:Social Protection Expenditure and Receipts 1980-1994, Eurostat.

Notes:

(40) Germany with the new German Lander.

(41) Germany without the new German Lander.

(42) Old territorial situation of the European Union with 12 member states, among which reunited Germany is included.

(43) Old territorial situation of the European Union with 12 member states, without the new German Lander.

(44) Total for the European Union.

(45) UK data refer to the British financial year which runs from 1 April in one year to 31 March the following year. Data for other countries are for calender years. 1993 is the last complete year for which data are available.

(46) Except Italy: billions.


Total current expenditure on social protection in ECU (millions)

19831984198519861987198819891990199119921993
Belgium27,95029,20930,95833,54335,13035,45837,04640,74543,76146,11548,433
Denmark18,99819,88121,34922,44724,30726,64128,51930,26832,38835,04638,292
Germany(47)----------------400,605457,822505,182
Germany(48)212,402223,188232,862255,043274,632288,118296,450317,656341,231372,601406,997
Greece6,5317,5448,0997,4667,7548,5349,91310,38210,79811,02612,105
Spain34,16638,90743,50546,14849,98657,65769,43480,18593,310102,36799,903
France167,477182,312199,350212,499216,543227,830241,496260,320275,842299,162329,643
Ireland4,9895,3475,9326,1946,0946,2056,3386,8587,5398,3908,631
Italy107,286115,682126,241137,949150,384162,511179,675203,793224,749240,101216,593
Luxembourg1,0451,1011,1641,2671,3971,4941,6431,8362,0852,2932,658
Netherlands51,07551,93753,66257,05560,40362,15064,29771,88175,90281,74488,934
Portugal3,7463,9124,3714,9095,1586,0526,8287,96510,70713,10213,202
United Kingdom(52)123,567132,901147,139138,905140,343155,196165,888174,949207,098217,809223,846
European Union(49)----------------1,384.7821,514,9761,587,423
European Union(50)759,232811,920874,632923,424972,1331,037,8451,107,5271,206,8401,325,4081,429,7551,489,238
Austria----------------------
Finland--------------26,15129,58128,03825,324
Sweden----------
European Union(51)----------------------

Source:

Social Protection Expenditure and Receipts 1980-1994, Eurostat.

Notes:

(47) Germany with the new German Lander.

(48) Germany without the new German Lander.

(49) Old territorial situation of the European Union with 12 member states, among which reunited Germany is included.

(50) Old territorial situation of the European Union with 12 member states, without the new German Lander.

(51) Total for the European Union.

(52) UK data refer to the British financial year which runs from 1 April in one year to 31 March the following year. Data for other countries are for calender years.

1993 is the last complete year for which data are available.


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