Invalidity benefit was replaced by incapacity benefit in April 1995. There are a number of reasons why an award of incapacity benefit may be reduced. These include where a claimant has occupational pension income above £85 per week, where a claimant starts work which is not within the permitted work limits where a claimant's spouse's earnings increase to a point which extinguishes entitlement to an adult dependency increase, where a claimant is in hospital and where Child Support Agency payments are deducted from benefit. In addition in areas where Jobcentre Plus is rolled-out and in Pathways to Work pilot areas incapacity benefit can also be reduced where a sanction is applied following non-compliance with the conditionality requirements of the benefit. The vast majority of cases have more than one reason for a deduction and it is not possible to disaggregate the information about all these reductions.
|As at August each year||All recipients||All reductions|
1. All recipients" data is produced from WPLS 100 per cent. data. Rate reductions data has been produced from five per cent. sample data and rated up in accordance with WPLS totals.
2. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred and expressed in thousands.
3. Figures may not sum due to rounding.
DWP Information Directorate, Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. and five per cent. sample data.