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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.
The information is not available in the format requested. The available information is in the following table.
|All working age||Aged 60 or over||Disabled||Lone parent||Others|
|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.