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Income-related Benefits

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 23rd February 2005.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Labour, Birkenhead

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the budget has been for (a) income support, (b) the disability premium, (c) incapacity benefit and (d) other income-related benefits in each of the past five years.

Photo of Mr Chris Pond Mr Chris Pond Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

The available information is in the following table.

Benefit expenditure in real terms, 2004–05 prices -- £ million
1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04
Income support for people aged under 60 9,346 10,044 10,434 10,239 10,369
Of which:
With a disability premium 4,057 4,398 4,701 4,563 4,719
Income support/minimum income guarantee/pension credit for people aged 60 and over 4,256 4,557 4,868 4,708 4,896
Incapacity benefit 7,644 7,530 7,324 7,095 6,861
Jobseeker's allowance (income-based) 3,148 2,710 2,318 2,210 2,091
Housing benefit and discretionary housing payments 12,457 12,426 12,577 13,268 12,722
Council tax benefit 2,827 2,865 2,914 2,975 3,342


1.All figures have been rounded to the nearest million pound.

2.Figures quoted for 1999–2000 to 2002–03 are actual outturn and those quoted 2003–04 are estimated outturn.

3.Income support expenditure has been provided separately for people aged under 60 and people aged 60 and over. Expenditure for those aged 60 and over includes minimum income guarantee and pension credit.

4.It is not possible to accurately state expenditure on the disability premium paid within income support. Rather than make any assumptions about the level of disability premium expenditure, all expenditure on people who receive a disability premium has been included.

5.Incapacity benefit is not an income-related benefit.

Source: DWP expenditure tables.

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