Social Security Expenditure (Scotland)

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 1st November 2001.

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Photo of Ms Annabelle Ewing Ms Annabelle Ewing Scottish National Party, Perth

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much money was paid in benefits, pensions and other associated services in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK during the (i) 2001–02 financial year to date and (ii) the previous five financial years; and what the breakdown is by benefits for each of those years.

Photo of Ian McCartney Ian McCartney Minister for pensions, Department for Work and Pensions

holding answer 19 October 2001

The Northern Ireland Assembly is responsible for social security within Northern Ireland. Information on benefit expenditure by country is not available for 2000–01. Expenditure for Great Britain is published on the DWP website at http://www.dss.gov.uk/asd/online.html. The relevant information is contained in Other Statistics, Benefit Expenditure Tables 2001, Table1. Estimated expenditure amounts for Scotland are given in the table.

Benefit Expenditure—Scotland
£ million
Terms 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000
Retirement Pension—basic 2,408 2,557 2,663 2,798 2,966
Retirement Pension—earnings-related 193 241 277 321 391
Christmas Bonus—contribution-based 11 11 11 11 11
Widows'/Bereavement benefits 118 114 113 112 112
Unemployment Benefit 125 72
Jobseeker's Allowance—contribution-based 43 62 59 56
Jobseeker's Allowance—income-based 158 321 303 281
Sickness Benefit 2
Statutory Sick Pay 5 13 3 4 4
Invalidity Benefit—basic 29
Invalidity Benefit—earnings-related 7
Incapacity Benefit—short-term 71 81 84 77 69
Incapacity Benefit—long-term 759 767 755 750 691
Incapacity Benefit—earnings-related 183 167 140 120 95
Industrial disablement benefits 62 64 65 67 66
Industrial Death Benefit 5 5 5 5 5
Other industrial injuries benefits (18) (18) (18) (18) (18)
Maternity Allowance 3 3 3 3 3
Statutory Maternity Pay 45 29 42 46 48
Guardian's and Child's Special Allowance (18) (18) (18) (18) (18)
Non-contributory Retirement Pension 3 2 2 2 3
Non-contributory Christmas Bonus 1 1 1 1 1
War pensions 111 120 114 112 111
Attendance Allowance 212 235 256 274 290
Invalid Care Allowance 66 80 82 86 91
Severe Disablement Allowance 99 108 119 117 116
Disability Living Allowance 440 521 570 610 644
Disability Working Allowance 2 3 4 4 4
Income Support (under 60 years of age) 1,195 1,012 798 802 817
IS for the elderly—Minimum Income Guarantee 348 344 345 335 353
Child Benefit 572 589 601 611 695
Family Credit 184 210 225 237 185
Earnings Top-Up (18) 2 3 3
Independent Living Funds 12 13 12 13 14
Mobility Equipment Fund (18) (18) (18) (18) 1
Social Fund 24 22 18 19 18
Winter Fuel Payments 19 19 90
Other small benefits (18) (18) (18) (18) (18)
Consolidated Fund Extra Receipts -1 (18) (18) (18)
Housing Benefit Rent Allowance 276 302 322 335 352
Housing Benefit Rent Rebate 630 665 692 701 700
Council Tax Benefit 213 246 287 303 306
Total benefit expenditure 8,413 8,798 9,014 9,262 9,588

(18) Less than one million

Notes

1. Figures are consistent with the Departmental Report 2001.

2. Figures are rounded to the nearest million.

3. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

4. These figures include all LA spending on Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit in addition to the money funded directly by Central Government.

5. The Scotland expenditure figures have been calculated from the average weekly amounts and caseload figures that have been derived from sample administrative data.

6. Figures for 1999–2000 are on a Resource Accounting and Budgeting basis.

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