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|Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) claimants with claim durations of more than 12 months|
|Quarter ending November||Number||Percentage|
| Notes: 1. Caseload figures have been rounded to the nearest 5. 2. Percentages are rounded to 1 decimal place. Source: 100 per cent. count of claimants of unemployment-related benefits, Jobcentre Plus Computer Systems.|
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of disabled people receiving (a) disability living allowance, (b) severe disablement allowance, (c) housing benefit, (d) independent living fund, (e) incapacity benefit, (f) community care grant, (g) disabled facilities grant, (h) industrial injuries disablement benefit, (i) carers allowance and (j) income support. 
Mrs. McGuire: The available information is in the following table.
|Numbers of disabled people in receipt of benefits: GB|
1. IS figures exclude residual MIG claimants.
2. IS, SDA, IB, DLA, CA and IIDB figures are rounded to the nearest 10 and HB figures are rounded to the nearest thousand.
3. HB figures are based on one per cent samples and are subject to sampling variation while IS, SDA, IB, DLA, CA are based on 100 per cent. data.
4. HB data excludes any Extended Payment cases.
5. For HB and IS, disabled claimants have been defined as those in receipt of a disability premium.
6. Totals for DLA, CA and IIDB show the number of people in receipt of an allowance, and exclude people with entitlement where the payment has been suspended, for example if they are in hospital.
7. Community Care Grants are not on-going benefits but one-off payments. Some applicants may make more than one successful application during one year.
8. The initial decision on a Community Care Grant application may, at the applicants request, be reviewed by Jobcentre Plus and then possibly also by the Independent Review Service for the Social Fund.
9. Community Care Grant applications included those where:
The applicant was disabled.
The final decision was in 2005-06. (The final decision on an application is the initial decision if the application was not reviewed or the final review decision if the application went to review.)
The application was successful (that is, an award was made either initially and/or on review).
From these applications, the number of successful disabled applicants has been counted.
10. The figure for Community Care Grants has been rounded to the nearest 10.
1. 100 per cent. Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.
2. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System, Annual 1 per cent. sample.
3. Information Directorate 100 per cent. QSE data.
4. Independent Living Funds.
5. Scan of the Community Care Grant final decisions taken in 2005-06 and held on the Social Fund Computer System on 30 September 2006.
The Disabled Facilities Grant is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people of working age were (a) claiming out-of-work benefits, (b) claiming unemployment benefit, (c) lone parents claiming income support, (d) claiming incapacity benefit and (e) claiming any other out-of-work benefit in (i) May 1992, (ii) May 1997 and (iii) May 1999. 
Mr. Plaskitt [holding answer 10 September 2007]: The available information is in the following table.
|Number of claimants of out-of-work benefits in Great Britain|
|May 1992||May 1997||May 1999|
|n/a=figures not available|
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100.
2. Figures constructed using NOMIS claimant count data, 5 per cent. and 1 per cent. sample data.
3. Incapacity benefit (IB) replaced invalidity benefit (IVB) and sickness benefit (SB) in April 1995.
4. All figures are GB (not seasonally adjusted), except jobseekers allowance (JSA) which is seasonally adjusted.
5. Incapacity benefits category is made up of IVB, SB and severe disability allowance (SDA) claimants for May 1992, and IB/SDA claimants thereafter.
6. Unemployed category is taken from the seasonally adjusted JSA claimant count for GB published by ONS. Time series data are available from www.nomisweb.co.uk. This 100 per cent. series is the most reliable and up-to-date source for claimant unemployment.
7. This table includes the main out-of-work client group categories, with the exception of carers who are not subject to activation policies in the same way as other groups.
8. This series consists of an earlier consistent series for caseload created by combining older information, available from the previously published 5 per cent. sample data, with the WPLS data. The series are published by DWP at http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/tabtools/timeseriesIBSDA.xls and http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/tabtools/timeseriesIS.xls.
9. Figures contain a small number of overlap cases of Lone parents on income support who are also receiving incapacity benefits.
10. Figures exclude around 86,000 claimants in receipt of income support and carers allowance.
Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate, 5 per cent. sample scans of IS, IB, SDA, and seasonally adjusted count of unemployment-related benefits, Jobcentre Plus computer systems.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will break down by nationality the number of national insurance numbers issued to EU citizens since 1st January 2004. 
Mr. Plaskitt: The available information is in the following table.
|National insurance number registrations to EU citizens between 1 January 2004 and 5 April 2007.|
1. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
3. Numbers are based on 100 per cent. data from the national insurance recording system (NIRS).
100 per cent. sample at 14 May 2007 from the national insurance recording system (NIRS).
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was lost due to (a) benefit fraud and (b) error in the granting of benefits in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) fraud and (b) error in benefit payments administered by his Department in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Plaskitt: Reliable estimates are not available from 1997-98 to 1999-2000. The available information is in the following table.
|Fraud and error in benefit payments|
| Notes: 1. The 2005-06 results in the table were first published as National Statistics in February 2007. However, the forthcoming DWP Resource Account will include a restatement of a previous estimate of 2005-06 overpayments, which will differ slightly from this estimate. The 2005-06 results are also being rebaselined, and an updated version will be published as National Statistics later in 2007. 2. From 2003-04 the methodology for estimating fraud and error changed, and pre 2003-04 estimates are not directly comparable with those since.|
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of fraudulent claims for (a) pension credit, (b) winter fuel payment, (c) attendance allowance, (d) disability living allowance, (e) carer's allowance, (f) housing benefit, (g) statutory sick pay, (h) incapacity benefit, (i) income support and (j) jobseeker's allowance in each year from 1997 to 2007. 
Mr. Plaskitt: Estimates of fraud and error in income support, jobseeker's allowance, pension credit and housing benefit can be found in National Statistics reports, and additional tables on the Department's website at:
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