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Income Support

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 6th April 2005.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the most common reasons are that people of working age claim income support; and how many claimants there were in each category for the last year for which figures are available.

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

The information is not available in the format requested. The available information is in the following table.

Income support claimants of working age in Great Britain by client group: February 2004 to November 2004 -- Number
All working age Aged 60 or over Disabled Lone parent Others
February 2004 2,199,500 11,700 1,118,000 820,500 249,200
May 2004 2,170,800 11,000 1,116,100 809,800 234,000
August 2004 2,169,100 10,800 1,120,500 804,000 233,800
November 2004 2,147,900 10,900 1,124,400 781,700 230,800
Four quarter average 2,171,800 11,100 1,119,700 804,000 237,000


1. Caseload figures have been rounded to the nearest.

2. Working age refers to men aged 16 to 64 and women aged 16 to 59.

3. 'Aged 60 or over' are cases where the claimant and/or partner is 60 or over.

4. Disabled category refers to claimants aged under 60 with a disability premium and not in receipt of a pensioner premium.

5. Lone parents are claimants aged under 60 with dependants and not in receipt of a disability premium or pensioner premium.

6. Others are those who do not fall into any of the other three categories.


Information Directorate, 5 per cent. samples.

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