Economic Inactivity

Treasury written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many economically inactive adults of working age there are, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) reasons for economic inactivity.

Photo of Ruth Kelly Ruth Kelly Financial Secretary, HM Treasury

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Colin Mowl to Mr. David Willetts, dated 4 May 2004

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about economic inactivity. I am replying in his absence. (168143)

I have arranged for the information requested to be placed in the House of Commons Library.

The data provided gives the estimates of the number of economically inactive people and the reasons for their inactivity for each Local Authority. The figures are the averages for the twelve months ending February 2004, the latest period for which information is available.

However, please note that a large number of local area estimates are not given because the sample sizes are too small to provide reliable estimates.

As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to sampling variability.

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