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WORK AND PENSIONS

Access to Work Grants

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of unmet demand for Access to Work grants. [43139]

Mrs. McGuire: In the 2004–05 financial year, a total of 6,037 Access to Work applications nationally were rejected or not pursued by the customer. This represents just under 19 per cent. of the total number of applications received that year. Access to Work Business Centres consider all applications very carefully and only reject applications when they do not meet the Access to Work eligibility criteria.

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the projected annual budget is for Access to Work in each of the next three years. [43140]

Mrs. McGuire: Along with other programmes, the figures are currently under consideration in the light of overall priorities.

Adviser Discretion Fund

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobcentres are imposing a £50 limit on the maximum amount from the Adviser Discretion Fund which can be granted without a business case. [39308]

Margaret Hodge: The Adviser Discretion Fund enables the purchase of virtually anything that will help people obtain a job, or, if already offered a job, to enable them to accept that offer.

Jobcentre Plus is responsible for the effective management of the Adviser Discretion Fund (ADF). In order to maintain effective controls on ADF expenditure, the payment that advisers can make to a customer was reduced to £100 within a 12 month period. However it remains the case that if individual circumstances justify it, that limited can be raised.

The chief executive of Jobcentre Plus has ensured that field directors and district managers adhere to the national limits and cease, with immediate effect, any variation which reduce the discretionary limit.

Allied Steel and Wire

Julie Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of expenditure under the Financial Assistance Scheme on deferred pensioners in the Allied Steel and Wire (Cardiff) pension scheme in (a) 2005–06, and (b) each year from 2006–07 to 2010–11, under the three-year rule. [44259]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 20 January 2006]: The estimated expenditure under the Financial Assistance Scheme on deferred pensioners in the Allied Steel and Wire (Cardiff) pension scheme is £50,450 (before tax deductions) in 2005–06. This covers the first payments made in December and monthly payments for the months January to March.
 
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It will not be possible to provide estimates for subsequent years until we have received full details on eligible members and the extent of their losses from the trustees of the pension scheme. This information is unlikely to be available until the scheme is close to finalising winding up.

Asbestos

John Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the possibility of material containing asbestos being sent to landfill if the European Union Asbestos Worker Protection Directive is implemented. [44557]

Mrs. McGuire: The disposal of asbestos and asbestos contaminated waste is regulated by the waste controls including those regulations implementing the Landfill and Hazardous Waste Directives. These regulations will not be affected by the implementation of amendments to the Asbestos Worker Protection Directive. The legal obligations that currently exist to manage and properly dispose of hazardous waste, such as waste containing asbestos, will remain in place.

John Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the risks associated with the application and removal of textured coatings containing asbestos. [44558]

Mrs. McGuire: The Health and Safety Laboratory has carried out research on the removal of asbestos-containing textured decorative coatings. The Health and Safety Commission's Consultative Document on proposals for revised Asbestos Regulations and an Approved Code of Practice includes a summary of this research and a wider risk assessment.

The Health and Safety Executive has also commissioned some further research on likely exposures to asbestos from textured coating removal, and will evaluate this and other available research, including on risks to the public, as part of the consultation. The supply and use (including application) of asbestos-containing textured decorative coatings is prohibited by the Asbestos (Prohibitions) Regulations 1999, and textured decorative coatings supplied today no longer contain asbestos.

John Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to remove certain processes from the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations; and if he will make a statement. [44559]

Mrs. McGuire: The Health and Safety Commission's (HSC) consultation on revised Asbestos Regulations and an Approved Code of Practice ends tomorrow, 31 January. HSC will take account of the views of consultees before making recommendations for final regulations.

The Consultative Document does not contain any proposals to remove processes from the Control of Asbestos at Work (CAW) Regulations; all processes currently covered by these regulations would remain so.

It is proposed that work with asbestos-containing textured decorative coatings is removed from the Health and Safety Executive's licensing regime, due to the much lower level of risk arising from work with these materials
 
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than previously indicated. It would, however, still be a requirement under CAW Regulations that this work is undertaken by properly trained workers using suitable controls to reduce exposure, based on a written plan of work.

Benefits

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed both incapacity benefit and income support in each year since 1997. [42541]

Mrs. McGuire: The information is in the following table.
Income support claimants also in receipt of incapacity benefit or severe disability allowance: Great Britain

MayNumber
19971,012,800
19981,048,900
19991,076,900
20001,117,300
20011,184,000
20021,194,700
20031,209,700
20041,198,500
20051,183,800



Notes:
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100.
2. Figures for 1997 to 1999 have been derived by applying 5 per cent. proportions to 100 per cent. totals.
3. Incapacity benefit (IB) figures include IB credits only cases.
Sources:
DWP Information Directorate Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study
Information Directorate 5 per cent. samples


Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) income support and (c) incapacity benefit claims later determined to be fraudulent in Wales in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [39556]

Mr. Plaskitt: The available information is in the table.
Benefit overpayments due to customer fraud in Wales
£

Year endingJSAISIB
2001–02688,9616,162,1991,011,804
2002–03535,6334,490,391990,922
2003–04502,2823,821,9411,086,480
2004–05845,6575,529,9371,109,785



Notes:
1. Figures obtained from the General Matching Service (GMS) include customer error and customer fraud, as these cannot be provided separately by GMS.
2. Figures are based on recoverable benefit overpayments identified during the years shown and may span previous years.
3. Information in this form was not captured before 2000–01.
Source:
FIBS (Fraud Information By Sector) and GMS (General Matching Service).


Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to locate administration of benefit services outside the United Kingdom. [45888]

Margaret Hodge: The Department has no intention of moving any of its jobs outside the United Kingdom.
 
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Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made on the simplification of (a) structures and (b) payment systems for in-work benefits. [45235]

Mr. Plaskitt: The in-work benefits administered by the Department for Work and Pensions are housing benefit and council tax benefits.

On 24 January 2006 we published our Green Paper A new deal for welfare: empowering people to work". This details our proposals for simplification and reform of housing benefit in the private sector and consults on the direction of reform for social sector.

We are also continuing our programme of measures to simplify housing benefit and council tax benefits rules to align more closely with pension credit and tax credits.

No changes have been made in payment systems in respect of housing benefit.

Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham have been receiving the benefit for five years or more. [45257]

Mrs. McGuire: As at May 2005, 3,900 people in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham had been claiming incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance for five years or more.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value of (a) unemployment benefit, (b) income support, (c) invalidity benefit and (d) the basic state pension was as a proportion of average full-time earnings in each year from 1977–78. [41442]

Mr. Plaskitt: The information has been placed in the Library.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of gross domestic product was spent on (a) unemployment benefits, (b) invalidity benefits, (c) disability benefits and (d) income support in each year since 1978–79. [41441]

Mr. Plaskitt: The information is in the following table.
Percentage of gross domestic product (GDP), cash terms

Unemployment benefitInvalidity benefitDisability benefitIncome support (under 60)
1978–790.70.90.40.3
1979–800.60.80.40.3
1980–810.90.80.40.3
1981–821.20.80.50.3
1982–831.40.80.60.4
1983–841.50.80.60.4
1984–851.60.80.70.5
1985–861.60.80.70.5
1986–871.60.80.80.6
1987–881.30.80.80.6
1988–890.90.80.80.6
1989–900.60.80.80.6
1990–910.70.90.90.6
1991–921.01.10.70.8
1992–930.91.20.80.9
1993–940.91.20.91.0
1994–950.81.31.01.0
1995–960.71.21.01.1
1996–970.61.11.11.1
1997–980.51.01.11.0
1998–990.40.91.10.9
1999–20000.40.81.10.9
2000–010.30.81.10.9
2001–020.30.81.11.0
2002–030.20.71.00.9
2003–040.20.71.10.9
2004–050.20.61.10.9

 
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The following table covers those who are over 60 and are on income support/minimum income guarantee/pensions credit (guarantee credit) and pension credit (savings credit).
Income support (over 60)
1978–790.3
1979–800.3
1980–810.3
1981–820.4
1982–830.3
1983–840.3
1984–850.4
1985–860.4
1986–870.4
1987–880.4
1988–890.4
1989–900.4
1990–910.4
1991–920.5
1992–930.6
1993–940.6
1994–950.6
1995–960.5
1996–970.5
1997–980.5
1998–990.4
1999–20000.4
2000–010.4
2001–020.4
2002–030.4
2003–040.4
2004–050.4



Notes:
1. Figures are for Great Britain.
2. Unemployment benefit includes unemployment benefit from 1978–79 to 1996–97, supplementary benefit for the unemployed from 1978–79 to 1987–88, income support for the unemployed from 1988–89 to 1996–97, contribution-based jobseeker's allowance and income-based jobseeker's allowance from 1996–97 to 2004–05.
3. Invalidity benefit are a total of sickness, incapacity and invalidity benefits and severe disablement allowance.
4. Disability benefit covers mobility allowance, attendance allowance, disability living allowance, industrial injuries benefits, motability/specialised vehicle fund, vaccine damage payments and war disablement pensions (to 2002–03). Carers allowance is not included.
5. Income support under 60 excludes the income support paid to unemployed people.
Source:
DWP Medium-term Expenditure Forecasts and HM Treasury Gross Domestic Product figures at 2005 pre-Budget report.



 
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Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many housing benefit claims were subject to each rate of non-dependant deduction for the most recent year for which figures are available; how many claimants were living in (a) council housing, (b) registered social landlord housing and (c) the private rented sector, broken down by each rate; and what each figure represents as a percentage of total housing benefit claims in that year. [28784]

Mr. Plaskitt: The most recent available information is in the following table.
Housing benefit non-dependants by deduction type and tenure, Great Britain: May 2003

All tenuresRegistered social landlordLocal authorityPrivate
Total with non-dependants(84)270,000080,000158,00032,000
As a percentage of all HB claimants7.12.14.20.9
of which:
Attracting deductions for non-dependants128,00036,00077,00015,000
As a percentage of all HB claimants3.41.02.00.4
Non-dependants:
Total(85)304,00092,000176,00036,000
Attracting deductions136,00039,00081,00016,000
Status of non-dependants:
In remunerative work59,00019,00033,0007.000
of which:
Gross weekly income <£926,000(86)2,0004,000(86)1,000
Gross weekly income £92-8,0003,0004,000(86)1,000
Gross weekly income £137-12,0004,0006,000(86)2,000
Gross weekly income £177-10,0003,0006,000(86)1,000
Gross weekly income £235-6,000(86)1,0004,000(86)1,000
Gross weekly income £293 and16,0006,0008,000(86)2,000
Not receiving IS/JSA(IB) nor working28,0006,00018,0004,000
Receiving IS/JSA(IB), not in work49,00014,00031,0004,000
On Government training allowance(87)(87)(87)(87)
Unknown(86)2,000(87)(86)1,000(87)


(84) This figure is the number of housing benefit recipients with at least one non-dependant.
(85) This figure is the total number of non-dependants.
(86) Figures under £2,500 are subject to a high degree of sampling variation and should be used only as a guide to the situation.
(87) Denotes nil or negligible.
Notes:
1. The data refers to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple.
2. The caseloads are rounded to the nearest thousand, and percentages to one decimal place. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
3. Housing benefit figures exclude any extended payment cases.
Source:
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System, Annual 1 percent sample, taken in May 2003.




 
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Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the 20 councils with the longest times for processing new housing benefit claims according to the most recent figures available; and what that time was in each case. [42767]

Mr. Plaskitt: The available information is in the table.
Housing benefit (HB) and council tax benefit (CTB) processing times—20 longest
Days

Local authorityHB and CTB claimsHB claimsCTB claims
Great Yarmouth112110114
Newcastle under Lyme10892124
Bracknell Forest9311276
North Wiltshire888888
Copeland838185
Staffordshire Moorlands828779
Ipswich808079
Stoke on Trent797781
Broxtowe767478
Walsall72n/an/a
Northampton706971
Dover686671
Thurrock686471
Hinckley and Bosworth686171
Herefordshire656864
Sefton646364
Oadby and Wigston63n/an/a
Mid Devon635769
Coventry635867
Hackney626460



Notes:
1. n/a=breakdown for performance on HB and CTB not available.
2. Not all LAs have returned data in every quarter and therefore the reported figures are the weighted averages of those that have returned figures.
3. Where possible we have provided average processing times for housing benefit and council tax benefit, with an overall average, to ensure consistency with DWP published statistics.
4. Number of days relates to average calendar days taken to decide a new HB or CTB claim from the date the authority first receives a claim, to the date a decision is made.
Source:
Local authority (LA) quarterly statistical returns to DWP; second quarter of 2005–06.


Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Peterborough constituency were receiving incapacity benefit in (a) 2002–03, (b) 2003–04 and (c) 2004–05. [40987]

Mrs. McGuire: The information is in the table.
Incapacity benefit and severe disability allowance claimants in the Peterborough parliamentary constituency

MayNumber
20034,700
20044,700
20054,700



Notes:
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.
2. 'Claimant' figures include all incapacity benefit (IB) and severe disability allowance claimants including IB credits only cases.
Source:
DWP Information Directorate, Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. data.



 
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Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the additional cost of incapacity benefit resulting from a rise in the retirement age to (a) 66, (b) 67 and (c) 68 years. [41144]

Mrs. McGuire: The information necessary from which to make such an estimate is not currently available. It is expected that it will become available later in the year.

John Cummings: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Easington constituency aged (a) 20 to 25, (b) 25 to 30, (c) 30 to 35, (d) 35 to 40, (e) 40 to 45, (f) 45 to 50, (g) 50 to 55, (h) 55 to 60 and (i) 60 to 65 years are in receipt of incapacity benefit. [42006]

Mrs. McGuire: The information is in the table.
Incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance claimants in the Easington parliamentary constituency; at 31 May 2005

Number
All Ages9,700
Under 20100
20 to 24400
25 to 29600
30 to 34700
35 to 39900
40 to 441,100
45 to 491,200
50 to 541,400
55 to 592,000
60 to 641,300
65 and over100



Notes:
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred. Figures may not sum due to rounding.
2. 'Claimant' figures include all Incapacity Benefit (IB) and Severe Disability Allowance, including IB credits only cases.
Source:
DWP Information Directorate, Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. data.


Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants in Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency have been receiving benefits for five years or more. [42404]

Mrs. McGuire: As at May 2005, there were 1,300 people in the parliamentary constituency of Westmorland and Lonsdale who had been in receipt of incapacity benefit or severe disability allowance for five years or more.

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of new claimants of incapacity benefit in each year since 1997 were already in receipt of another benefit; and what proportion were new benefit claimants; [42545]

(2) what proportion of new claimants of incapacity benefit in each year since 1997 were already in receipt of another benefit; and what proportion were new benefit claimants. [43342]

Mrs. McGuire: The information is not available in the format requested. The available information is in the table.
 
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Incapacity benefit commencements already in receipt of income support by quarter
Thousands and percentage

All incapacity benefit commencementsThose already in receipt of income supportPercentage of
all incapacity benefit commencements
May 1997231.833.815
August 1997234.628.712
November 1997230.324.811
February 1998209.721.910
May 1998200.520.510
August 1998202.620.710
November 1998211.920.710
February 1999198.120.010
May 1999200.419.210
August 1999195.120.511
November 1999199.820.810
February 2000190.320.711
May 2000193.120.511
August 2000192.221.111
November 2000193.120.511
February 2001186.220.311
May 2001194.823.712
August 2001183.918.710
November 2001186.919.010
February 2002173.120.412
May 2002183.420.911
August 2002181.619.911
November 2002186.720.911
February 2003173.521.813
May 2003177.921.212
August 2003174.520.011
November 2003181.022.412
February 2004167.418.611
May 2004170.518.511
August 2004166.915.89
November 2004167.717.210
February 2005153.914.910
May 2005133.712.49



Notes:
1. Numbers are rounded to the nearest hundred and expressed in thousands.
2. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
3. Numbers are based on a 5 per cent. sample, and are therefore subject to a degree of sampling variation. These figures should be used as a guide to the current situation only.
4. Figures for the latest quarter do not include any late notifications and are subject to major changes in future quarters. For illustration purposes, total commencements for May 2004 increased by 18 per cent. in the year following their initial release.
5. Income support figures will include a small number of minimum income guarantee and pension credit claimants.
6. Incapacity benefit figures exclude severe disability allowance, since there are no new severe disability allowance commencements.
Source:
DWP Information Directorate 5 per cent. sample.



 
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Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average duration of an incapacity benefit claim was in each year since 1997; [42759]

(2) what the average duration of an incapacity benefit claim has been in each year since 1997. [42768]

Mrs. McGuire: The information is not available in the format requested. The available information is in the table.
Incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance claimants by duration of claim each May since 1997

As at May
each year
All durationsUp to 3 months3 to 6 months6 months
to 1 year
1 to 2 years2 to 5 yearsOver 5 years
19972,848,800173,000156,500227,600352,0001,871,70068,000
19982,795,200154,500132,300223,300357,3001,441,300486,600
19992,754,800149,600129,300198,300320,1001,064,100893,400
20002,737,800170,900136,800206,500308,800745,5001,169,300
20012,808,600170,500143,900214,700311,500704,0001,264,000
20022,822,200163,500132,600196,300313,000673,0001,343,800
20032,829,700158,700133,600195,800286,700662,6001,392,300
20042,825,000152,900130,900188,400286,100639,0001,427,600
20052,784,000138,200118,400180,600271,500614,9001 ,460,400



Notes:
1. Figures for the years 1997 to 1999 have been produced using 5 per cent. data and have been rated up in accordance with the Great Britain WPLS 100 per cent. IB/SDA totals.
2. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.
3. 'Claimant' figures include all Incapacity Benefit (IB) and Severe Disability Allowance claimants, including IB credits only cases.
Source:
DWP Information Directorate, 5 per cent. Samples from 1997 to 1999 and Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. data thereafter.


Mr. Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) male and (b) female incapacity benefit claimants there were in Blackpool, South (i) in total, (ii) broken down by age and (iii) broken down by category of claim in each of the past five years for which figures are available. [43099]

Mrs. McGuire: The information is in the table.
Incapacity benefit (IB) and severe disablement allowance (SDA) claimants in the Blackpool, South parliamentary constituency; by age and sex each May since 2000
Thousands

IB/SDAIBSDA
May 2000
All persons8.07.20.9
Under 250.40.30.1
25–493.63.20.4
50–592.82.60.2
60–641.11.00.1
65 and over0.1(88)0.1
Men5.04.70.4
Under 250.20.1(88)
25–492.12.00.2
50–591.61.60.1
60–641.11.00.1
65 and over(88)(88)(88)
Women3.02.50.5
Under 250.20.1(88)
25–491.51.30.2
50–591.21.10.2
60–64(88)(88)(88)
65 and over(88)(88)(88)
May 2001
All persons8.17.30.8
Under 250.40.30.1
25–493.73.30.4
50–592.92.60.2
60–641.11.00.1
65 and over0.1(88)0.1
Men5.14.70.4
Under 250.20.2(88)
25–492.22.00.2
50–591.61.50.1
60–641.01.0(88)
65 and over(88)(88)(88)
Women3.12.60.5
Under 250.20.2(88)
25–491.51.30.2
50–591.31.10.2
60–64(88)(88)(88)
65 and over(88)(88)(88)
May 2002
All persons8.17.30.8
Under 250.40.3(88)
25–493.73.30.4
50–592.92.60.2
60–641.11.00.1
65 and over0.1(88)0.1
Men5.04.70.3
Under 250.20.2(88)
25–492.22.10.2
50–591.61.50.1
60–641.01.0(88)
65 and over(88)(88)(88)
Women3.02.60.5
Under 250.20.2(88)
25–491.51.30.2
50–591.31.10.2
60–64(88)(88)(88)
65 and over(88)(88)(88)
May 2003
All persons8.27.40.7
Under 250.40.4(88)
25–493.93.50.4
50–592.82.60.2
60–641.11.00.1
65 and over0.1(88)0.1
Men5.14.80.3
Under 250.20.2(88)
25–492.32.10.2
50–591.51.50.1
60–641.01.0(88)
65 and over(88)(88)(88)
Women3.12.70.4
Under 250.20.2(88)
25–491.61.40.2
50–591.31.10.1
60–64(88)(88)(88)
65 and over(88)(88)(88)
May 2004
All persons8.37.60.7
Under 250.40.4(88)
25–494.03.60.4
50–592.92.70.2
60–641.00.90.1
65 and over0.1(88)0.1
Men5.14.80.3
Under 250.20.2(88)
25–492.42.20.2
50–591.61.50.1
60–640.90.9(88)
65 and over(88)(88)(88)
Women3.22.80.4
Under 250.20.2(88)
25–491.61.40.2
50–591.31.20.1
60–64(88)(88)(88)
65 and over(88)(88)(88)
May 2005
All persons8.27.50.7
Under 250.40.4(88)
25–494.03.60.4
50–592.82.60.2
60–640.90.90.1
65 and over0.1(88)0.1
Men5.04.70.3
Under 250.20.2(88)
25–492.32.20.1
50–591.51.50.1
60–640.90.9(88)
65 and over(88)(88)(88)
Women3.22.80.4
Under 250.20.2(88)
25–491.61.40.2
50–591.21.10.1
60–64(88)(88)(88)
65 and over(88)(88)(88)


(88) Denotes nil or negligible.
Notes:
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred and shown in thousands.
2. '—' denotes nil or negligible.
3. 'Claimant' figures include all IB/SDA claimants (including IB credits only cases)
Source:
DWP Information Directorate, Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. data.



 
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Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants in Gravesham constituency have been in receipt of the benefit for (a) less than six months, (b) between six months and one year, (c) one to three years, (d) three to five years and (e) five years or more. [43266]

Mrs. McGuire: The information is in the table.
Incapacity benefit (IB) and severe disablement allowance (SDA) claimants by duration in the Gravesham parliamentary constituency as at May 2005

Number
All Durations3,500
Up to 6 months400
6 months up to 1 year300
1 year and up to 3 years800
3 years and up to 5 years500
5 years and over1,700



Notes:
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
2. 'Claimant' figures include all IB/SDA claimants, including IB credits only cases.
Source:
Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. data.


Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total expenditure was for those on incapacity benefits due to (a) mental ill health and (b) behavioural reasons in each year since 1997. [43332]

Mrs. McGuire: The information is not available broken down as requested. The available information is in the tables.
Incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance expenditure for those with a primary diagnosis in the mental and behavioural disorders group of diagnoses— Cash terms
£ million


Incapacity benefit
Severe disablement allowance
1997–981,435354
1998–991,532361
1999–20001,562375
2000–011,663384
2001–021,765402
2002–031,900371
2003–041,999368
2004–052,079367


Incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance expenditure for those with a primary diagnosis in the mental and behavioural disorders group of diagnoses—Real terms (2005–06 prices)
£ million


Incapacity benefit
Severe disablement allowance
1997–981,725426
1998–991,796423
1999–20001,795432
2000–011,886436
2001–021,954445
2002–032,039398
2003–042,090385
2004–052,129376



Note:
Expenditure figures are rounded to the nearest £1 million.
Source:
PBR 2005 Expenditure Tables and DWP Information Centre 5 per cent. sample data.



 
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Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received incapacity benefit on the grounds of dependency on (a) drugs and (b) alcohol in each year since 1997. [43336]

Mrs. McGuire: The available information is in the table.
Incapacity benefit (IB) and severe disablement allowance (SDA) claimants with a diagnosis of Alcoholism" or Drug Abuse" in Great Britain

As at May each yearAlcoholismDrug Abuse
199727,10021,900
199830,10025,300
199932,80027,900
200035,80031,300
200138,90036,900
200241,30041,300
200343,70044,600
200446,20046,600
200548,00048,300



Notes:
1. Figures for the years 1997 to 1999 have been produced using the 5 per cent. data and have been rated up proportionally using the Great Britain WPLS 100 per cent. IB/SDA totals.
2. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.
3. 'Claimant' figures include all IB and SDA, including IB credits only cases.
4. All diagnoses are coded using the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition, published by the World Health Organisation.
Source:
DWP Information Directorate, 5 per cent. samples from 1997 to 1999 and Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. data thereafter.


Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of claims for incapacity benefit were unsuccessful in each of the last three years for which figures are available. [43337]

Mrs. McGuire: The information is in the table.
Incapacity benefit (IB) and severe disablement allowance (SDA) claims refused as a percentage of those received

Calendar year
(January to December)
Percentage of IB and
SDA claims refused
200543.90
200447.41
200353.34



Note:
Claims refused are all those claims where no monetary amount of incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance was awarded. Many of these claims will be National Insurance contribution-only cases. Other benefits may be awarded.
Source:
Central Data Unit for figures up to and including July 2004 and Management Information Systems Programme 04(MISP04) from August 2004 to December 2005.



Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people leaving incapacity benefit in (a) the last six months, (b) the last 12 months and (c) the last seven years represented (i) transfers to other social security benefits, (ii) people moving from benefit into employment and (iii) people moving off benefit to unknown destinations. [43338]

Mrs. McGuire: The information is in the table.
 
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Incapacity benefit (IB) and severe disablement allowance (SDA) leavers by destination during periods shown.

IB/SDA claims ending in the last six months(89)IB/SDA claims ending in the last
12 months(90)
IB/SDA claims ending in the last seven years(91)
Total number of claims ending355,400707,4005,336,800
Transfer to other benefits(92)83,900166,0001,334,000
Return to IB/SDA(93)16,70032,400268,600
Reach retirement age or are recorded as moving to state pension29,00060,900448,500
Recorded as death of claimant13,10025,800183,400
Recorded as returned to work(94)14,50026,700136,500
Residual unknown destinations198,200395,5002,965,800


(89) IB/SDA claims ending in the last 12 months includes IB/SDA claims terminating from 1 March 2004 to 28 February 2005, this is the latest year for which figures are available.
(90) IB/SDA claims ending in the last seven years include IB/SDA claims terminating from 1 March 1998 to 28 February 2005.
(91) Those transferring to other benefits include those moving onto income support pension credit, jobseeker's allowance, working families tax credit, disabled persons tax credit within 90 days of the IB/SDA claim ending.
(92) Return to IB/SDA includes those claimants who make another claim to IB/SDA within 90 days of their previous claim terminating.
(93) It is known that the number recorded as returning to work underestimates the true situation. It is not possible to determine the number that moved to employment, however the Destinations of Benefit Leavers 2004" report showed that 62 per cent. of IS, JSA and IB leavers entered employment of 16 hours or more a week.
(94) Destinations of terminated IB/SDA claims are assigned in the priority order shown above.
Notes:
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.
2. IB/SDA claims ending in the last six months include IB/SDA claims terminating from 1 September 2004 to 28 February 2005.
3 Figures for the last six months" and last 12 months" given above will increase significantly following receipt of late notifications.
Source:
Information Directorate, 5 per cent. samples (terminations dataset).


Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of people making a fresh claim for incapacity benefit in each year since 2000 had been in receipt of incapacity benefit during the previous 12 months. [43340]

Mrs. McGuire: The information is in the table.
Incapacity benefit (IB) commencements where the claimant had formerly claimed IB in the previous 12 months: Great Britain

AllCommencements with former IB
claim in previous 12 months
commencementsPercentage
May 2001194,80036,40019
May 2002183,40033,30018
May 2003177,90031,60018
May 2004170,50031,70019
May 2005133,70026,60020



Notes:
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.
2. Commencement figures for the latest quarter do not include any late notifications and are subject to major increases in future quarters.
3. Earlier quarters have been updated to include late notified terminations, including terminations for state pension.
Source:
Terminations—DWP Information Directorate 5 per cent. samples.



 
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Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will list other benefits available to incapacity benefit recipients; and what changes there have been in recipient numbers of each benefit in each of the last five years; [43344]

(2) how many claimants of incapacity benefit were in receipt of (a) incapacity benefit only, (b) incapacity benefit in combination with each other benefit to which a claimant may also be entitled and (c) each other (i) benefit and (ii) combination of benefits to which a claimant may be entitled in each of the last five years; and what the average weekly level of benefit received by a claimant was in each case. [43346]

Mrs. McGuire: The key benefits that can be paid with incapacity benefit (IB) and severe disablement allowance (SDA) are: income support (IS); disability living allowance (DLA); housing benefit (HB); and council tax benefit (CTB).

IB and SDA claimants may also have underlying entitlement to bereavement benefits and carers allowance, although there would be no monetary value.

Industrial injuries disablement benefit and war disablement pension can be paid in addition to incapacity benefit, where a claimant is entitled to these benefits.

The available figures for the key benefits are in the tables. Because they are from different data sources, the housing benefit and council tax benefit figures cannot be combined with the other benefits and an overlap exists between the figures in the tables.
Incapacity benefit (IB) and severe disablement allowance (SDA) claimants with combinations of income support (IS) and disability living allowance (DLA), claimant numbers and average benefit amounts: May 2001 to May 2005

May 2001
May 2002
May 2003
May 2004
May 2005
Benefit combinationThousand£pwThousand£pwThousand£pwThousand£pwThousand£pw
Total IB/SDA2,749.6111.252,764.6137.822,771.2142.812,767.9142.782,726.9144.28
IB and DLAn/an/a495.4146.79510.9147.35580.9148.70589.7152.10
IBS. IS1,046.4123.74691.8116.08692.7122.53616.5122.72601.3116.90
IB and IS and DLAn/an/a401.9187.96438.1193.55405.5195.13415.1195.77
IB only1,369.289.46879.686.40849.586.19900.086.51869.387.84
SDA and DLAn/an/a67.9119.9862.0122.7464.4125.8561.2130.13
SDA and IS239.6155.0723.7108.0820.0114.9516.4116.9814.1116.63
SDA and IS and DLAn/an/a191.3170.12186.7174.38173.5174.62166.4178.46
SDA only94.555.2813.056.1211.257.4710.859.199.861.23



n/a=not applicable.
Notes:
1. Caseload figures are shown in thousands and rounded to the nearest hundred. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
2. IB/SDA 'Claimant' figures include all IB and SDA, including IB credits only cases.
3. 'IB and DLA' and 'SDA and DLA' claimants are not in receipt of IS.
4. 'IB and IS' and 'SDA and IS' claimants are not in receipt of DLA.
5. 'IB only' and 'SDA only' claimants are not in receipt of IS or DLA.
6. Each amount is a combined average weekly amount of all benefits listed in the category.
Source:
DWP Information Directorate, Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. data.



 
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Incapacity benefit (IB) claimants with housing benefit: May 2000 to May 2004

Caseloads (thousand)
Average weekly amount of housing
benefit (£ pw)
AllNot also in receipt of IBAlso in receipt
of IB
AllNot also in receipt of IBAlso in receipt
of IB
May 20004,0333,62640748.4348.7445.71
May 20013,8743,47440050.3450.7047.27
May 20023,8133,41040354.5554.9850.91
May 20033,7963,40139655.8556.4850.47
May 20043,8793,46941060.3061.0653.87


Incapacity benefit (IB) claimants with council tax benefit: May 2000 to May 2004

Caseloads (thousand)
Average weekly amount of council tax
benefit (pw)
AllNot also in receipt of IBAlso in receipt
of IB
AllNot also in receipt of IBAlso in receipt
of IB
May 20004,8304,3145169.409.359.78
May 20014,6734,16351110.1410.1110.42
May 20024,6024,09051210.8710.8311.14
May 20034,6284,12949812.0612.0612.09
May 20044,7594,26749213.0013.0212.78


Severe disablement allowance (SDA) with housing benefit: May 2000 to May 2004

Caseloads (thousand)
Average weekly amount of housing
benefit (£ pw)
AllNot also in receipt of SDAAlso in receipt
of SDA
AllNot also in receipt of SDAAlso in receipt
of SDA
May 20004,0333,91911448.4348.2355.46
May 20013,8743,76011550.3450.0859.07
May 20023,8133,69911454.5553.8976.04
May 20033,7963,68511255.8555.6961.11
May 20043,8793,76711260.3060.1964.15


Severe disablement allowance (SDA) with council tax benefit: May 2000 to May 2004

Caseloads (thousand)
Average weekly amount of council tax
benefit (£ pw)
AllNot also in receipt of SDAAlso in receipt
of SDA
AllNot also in receipt of SDAAlso in receipt
of SDA
May 20004,8304,7181129.409.3710.45
May 20014,6734,56111310.1410.1210.97
May 20024,6024,49211010.8710.8511.74
May 20034,6284,5319712.0612.0512.62
May 20044,7594,6649513.0012.9913.45



Notes:
1. The data refers to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple
2. Caseloads are expressed in thousands and rounded to the nearest thousand. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
3. Average amounts are rounded to the nearest penny and refer to the amount of housing benefit or council tax benefit only.
4. Housing benefit figures exclude any Extended Payment cases
5. Council tax benefit figures exclude any Second Adult Rebate cases
6. There will be overlaps in the housing benefit and council tax benefit figures as it is possible to be in receipt of both benefits.
Source:
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Annual 1 per cent. sample taken between May 1999 and May 2004



 
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Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will list the main medical reasons for payment of incapacity benefit; [43348]

(2) how many people were claiming incapacity benefit and severe disability allowance in the last period for which figures are available, broken down by disease. [45221]

Mrs. McGuire: The information is in the table.
Incapacity benefit (IB) and severe disablement allowance (SDA) claimants by diagnosis group: Great Britain, May 2005

Number
All diagnoses2,784,000
Certain Infectious and Parasitic Diseases21,000
Neoplasms39,900
Diseases of the Blood and Blood forming organs and certain diseases involving the immune mechanism4,500
Endocrine, Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases39,700
Mental and Behavioural Disorders1,086,100
Diseases of the Nervous System166,300
Diseases of the Eye and Adnexa19,700
Diseases of the Ear and Mastoid Process12,100
Diseases of the Circulatory System168,900
Diseases of the Respiratory System65,600
Diseases of the Digestive System43,300
Diseases of the Skin and Subcutaneous System16,900
Diseases of the Musculoskeletal system and Connective Tissue524,300
Diseases of the Genitourinary System19,800
Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Puerperium4,700
Certain Conditions Originating in the Perinatal Period
Congenital Malformations, Deformations and Chromosomal Abnormalities25,200
Symptoms, Signs and Abnormal Clinical and Laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified331,400
Injury, Poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes157,500
Factors influencing Health Status and Contact with Health Services37,100



'—'denotes nil or negligible.
Notes:
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred and quoted in thousands.
2. 'Claimant' figures include all IB/SDA claimants, including IB credits only cases.
3. Causes of incapacity are based on the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, published by the World Health Organisation.
Source:
Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. data.


Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of time for an appeal by a claimant against a decision on non-entitlement to incapacity benefit to be heard was in each year since 2000. [43349]

Mrs. McGuire: This is a matter for Dr. Christina Townsend, chief executive of the Appeals Service. She will respond to the hon. Member.
 
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Letter from Christina Townsend, dated January 2006:


Average Appeal Durations from Lodged to Outcome
Weeks

20012002200320042005(95)
All IB22.5922.2820.7219.6318.9
IBPCA21.8821.7920.5919.6318.78
IB Non-PCA27.0525.6121.6419.6419.83


(95) Years are represented from January to December in each instance except 2005 where January to September has been used.
Notes:
1. All figures are subject to change as more up to date data becomes available.
2. Lodged" denotes when an appeal is submitted to the first tier agency. Lodged data only enters the GAPS database when the Appeal reaches the Appeals Service.
3. Duration is derived by calculating the time difference from when an appeal is lodged until when it is cleared. It is represented in weeks.
4. PCA is the Personal Capability Assessment.
Source:
100% download of the Generic Appeals Processing System.


Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of incapacity benefit claimants were aged over (a) 40, (b) 50, (c) 55, (d) 60 and (e) 65 years in each of the last seven years. [43350]

Mrs. McGuire: The information is in the table.
Incapacity benefit (IB) and severe disablement allowance (SDA) claimants by age group
Thousand and percentage

ClaimantsPercentage
May 1999
All Ages2,755.2100.0
Under 40793.529.0
40–49663.424.2
50–59946.434.6
60–64331.112.1
65 and over31.71.2
May 2000
All Ages2,737.8100.0
Under 40807.529.5
40–49593.121.7
50–59930.434.0
60–64381.213.9
65 and over25.60.9
May 2001
All Ages2,808.6100.0
Under 40837.230.6
40–49615.222.5
50–59956.734.9
60–64373.313.6
65 and over26.01.0
May 2002
All Ages2,822.2100.0
Under 40841.230.7
40–49629.923.0
50–59960.935.1
60–64363.513.3
65 and over26.71.0
May 2003
All Ages2,829.7100.0
Under 40844.230.8
40–49645.623.6
50–59960.335.1
60–64352.112.9
65 and over27.61.0
May 2004
All Ages2,825.0100.0
Under 40838.530.6
40–49659.724.1
50–59955.834.9
60–64342.812.5
65 and over28.21.0
May 2005
All Ages2,784.0100.0
Under 40810.629.6
40–49667.024.4
50–59944.434.5
60–64333.012.2
65 and over29.01.1



Notes:
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred and shown in thousands.
2. Figures for the year 1999 have been produced using the 5 per cent. data and have been rated up proportionally using the Great Britain WPLS 100 per cent. IB/SDA totals.
3. 'Claimant' figures include all IB/SDA claimants, including IB credits only cases.
Source:
DWP Information Directorate, 5 per cent. samples for 1999 and Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. data thereafter.



 
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Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people living abroad have been in receipt of incapacity benefit in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year. [43351]

Mrs. McGuire: The information is in the table.
Number of claimants and expenditure for incapacity benefit and severe disability allowance paid in respect of people living abroad

CaseloadExpenditure (Nominal Terms)
(£ million)
Expenditure (Real Terms) (£ million)
1997–988,5003440
1998–998,2003439
1999–20008,1503338
2000–018,3503338
2001–028,6003438
2002–039,5003840
2003–049,8003941
2004–059,2504142



Notes:
1. Expenditure figures are rounded to the nearest £1 million.
2. Caseload figures have been rounded to the nearest 50.
3. Real Terms Expenditure is at 2005–06 prices.
4. All expenditure figures are consistent with the PBR 2005 Report.
Source:
Data from the DWP's administrative systems was used to calculate the proportion of total incapacity benefit and severe disability allowance expenditure in respect of people living abroad.



 
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Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many doctors were employed (a) full-time and (b) part-time to conduct medical examinations of claimants for incapacity benefit in each of the last seven years. [43352]

Mrs. McGuire: The following table shows the number of full-time, part-time and sectional doctors employed to conduct medical examinations for the past 6 years. Figures for full-time and part-time doctors for the year 1999 are not available.
Full timePart timeSessional
2005176921,380
2004175371,627
2003179281,380
2002181291,896
2001153242,060
2000161222,319
19992,039

Full-time and part-time doctors are directly employed by Medical Services. Sessional doctors are contracted to undertake benefit work on an as and when required basis.

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department monitors the number of incapacity benefit claims that are supported by each (a) general practitioner practice and (b) individual general practitioner in (i) Pathways to Work areas and (ii) non-Pathways to Work areas. [44430]

Margaret Hodge: The information is not available.

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of incapacity benefit have undertaken permitted work in each of the last five years. [44434]

Mrs. McGuire: The rules for permitted work were introduced in April 2002. Information is available only from November 2002. The available information is in the table.
Incapacity benefit claimants undertaking permitted work: Great Britain

November 2002May 2003May 2004May 2005
Permitted Work Lower Level2,1008,50014,50017,900
Supported Permitted Work1,9006,50010,30011,500
Permitted Work Higher Limit5,80013,70010,70010,900
Permitted Work Higher Limit
Supported
(96)400



'—' Nil or negligible
(96) Figures are subject to a high degree of sampling error and should only be used as a guide.
Notes:
1. Figures have been produced using the 5 per cent. data and have been rated up proportionally using the Great Britain WPLS 100 per cent. IB/SDA totals.
2. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.
Source:
DWP Information Directorate, 5 per cent. samples.



 
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Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people left jobseeker's allowance for incapacity benefit in each of the last three years for which figures are available. [44503]

Mrs. McGuire: The information is in the following table.
Jobseeker's allowance (JSA) claimants moving to incapacity benefit (IB) and severe disablement allowance (SDA) during periods shown

PeriodTotal JSA terminationsIB/SDA is claimed within 90 days of JSA claim terminating
Total (March 2002 to February 2005)7,497,000600,500
1 March 2004 to 28 February 20052,337,000181,700
1 March 2003 to 29 February 20042,536,000203,800
1 March 2002 to 28 February 20032,624,000215,000



Notes:
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Figures may not sum due to rounding.
2. Numbers are based on 5 per cent. samples, and are therefore subject to a degree of sampling variation.
3. Figures are given for JSA terminations where the claimant goes on to claim IB/SDA within 90 days of the JSA claim ending. It is possible that claimants may not move directly from JSA to IB, e.g. they may cease claiming JSA, find work and then claim IB within the given 90 day period.
4. Number of terminations in the last year will increase following receipt of late notifications.
Source:
Information Directorate, 5 per cent. samples (terminations dataset)


Judy Mallaber: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Derbyshire and (b) Amber Valley were in receipt of incapacity benefit in each year since 1997. [42941]

Mrs. McGuire: The information is in the table.
Incapacity benefit (IB) and severe disablement allowance (SDA) claimants in Derbyshire and the Amber Valley parliamentary constituency

DerbyshireAmber Valley constituency
May 199733,9004,500
May 199834,2004,600
May 199933,7004,700
May 200035,1004,400
May 200136,3004,600
May 200237,0004,800
May 200336,9004,800
May 200436,1004,600
May 200535,0004,600



Notes:
1. The parliamentary constituency figures for the years 1997 to 1999 have been produced using the 5 per cent. data and have been rated up proportionally using the Great Britain WPLS 100 per cent. IB/SDA totals.
2. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.
3. Claimant' figures include all IB and SDA, including IB credits only cases.
4. 'Derbyshire' includes: Amber Valley, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Erewash, High Peak, North East Derbyshire and South Derbyshire local authorities.
Source:
DWP Information Directorate, five per cent Samples from 1997 to 1999 and Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. data thereafter.



 
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Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the Eastern region had their invalidity benefit reduced because of failure to attend interviews in each of the last five years. [45714]

Mrs. McGuire: The information is not available on a regional basis.


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