Invalidity Benefit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Bob Spink Bob Spink Conservative, Castle Point

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of invalidity benefit had their benefit reduced in each of the last five years; for what reasons in each case; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Anne McGuire Anne McGuire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

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.

Number of recipients with reductions made from incapacity benefit -- Thousand
As at August each year All recipients All reductions
2001 1,581.5 338.7
2002 1,587.7 341.6
2003 1,574.8 330.9
2004 1,549.5 294.7
2005 1,500.6 272.4


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.

4. 'Beneficiaries' figures exclude SDA and IB credits only cases.


DWP Information Directorate, Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. and five per cent. sample data.

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