Benefit Claims

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 16th January 2007.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims there have been for each benefit administered by his Department in each year from 1996-97 to 2006-07; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of James Plaskitt James Plaskitt Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

The available information is in the following tables. The figures are for claims made in each year and do not indicate the number of awards made.

Claims received each year for benefits administered by DSS/DWP
1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02
Income support (1) (1) 1,387,384 1,372,849 1,490,281 1,273,061
Jobseeker's allowance (6)1,308,016 2,919,810 2,990,416 2,873,256 2,671,505 2,530,253
Incapacity benefit 972,075 963,406 886,944 869,490 853,653 777,383
Severe disablement allowance(5) 60,946 29,643 26,716 28,743 29,619 5,451
Maternity allowance (1) (1) 52,097 47,516 45,751 45,654
Bereavement benefit (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) 26,528
Bereavement payment (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) 33,857
Widows payment 24,534 24,727 24,220 27,540 21,887 2,545
Widow's benefit 18,095 17,566 19,503 15,613 16,893 1,693
IIDB(3) (Industrial accident) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) 5,759
IIDB(3 )(Prescribed diseases) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) 10,690
IIDB(3) (REA) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) 1,989
Pension credit (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1)
State pension (1) (1) (1) (1) (1) (1)
Attendance allowance (1) 367,229 369,770 353,337 364,881 344,269
Disability living allowance 491,167 437,531 375,198 370,443 386,815 384,765
Carer's allowance (1) (1) (1) 148,904 142,444 135,975
Community care grant 1,145,572 1,154,428 1,125,836 602,675 547,672 538,443
Budgeting loan 1,386,954 1,442,017 1,410,497 1,633,549 1,672,627 1,712,719
Crisis loan 963,044 1,027,313 1,102,917 1,257,199 1,256,813 1,290,293
Funeral payment 54,557 47,787 47,852 43,918 39,744 39,954
Sure Start maternity (1) (1) (1) (1) 165,615 205,513
Claims received each year for benefits administered by DWP
2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06
Income support 1,154,940 960,294 861,583 829,154
Jobseeker's allowance 2,536,351 2,314,388 2,122,140 2,201,321
Incapacity benefit 905,613 799,773 754,253 695,919
Severe disablement allowance(5) 1,089 698 613 555
Maternity allowance 68,548 71,683 72,881 75,798
Bereavement benefit 46,065 50,953 53,324 53,964
Bereavement payment 61,433 68,053 65,917 65,697
Widows payment 539 559 664 1,146
Widow's benefit 5,620 639 305 934
IIDB(4) (Industrial accident) 16,933 20,654 19,014 18,937
IIDB(4) (Prescribed diseases) 31,053 37,604 25,743 21,704
IIDB(4) (REA) 4,661 3,652 2,915 2,176
Pension credit 496,317 1,177,394 802,248 434,924
State pension 696,468 731,319 742,474 786,346
Attendance allowance (1) 422,142 393,889 413,807
Disability living allowance (1) (1) 427,551 432,962
Carer's allowance (1) 232,068 234,804 249,916
Community care grant 570,906 575,547 569,810 577,050
Budgeting loan 1,697,664 1,684,836 1,623,107 1,639,141
Crisis loan 1,348,774 1,378,009 1,348,122 1,373,985
Funeral payment 67,953 71,492 69,599 67,834
Sure Start maternity 278,887 310,538 321,537 325,641
(1) No information available. This is because either data was not collected or the data is unreliable. (2) IIDB = Industrial injuries disablement benefit. (3) IIDB figures do not include some claims from overseas. (4) REA = Reduced earnings allowance. (5) No new claims have been accepted for severe disablement allowance since April 2001; figures after this date represent claims which have been rebuilt. (6 )Jobseeker's allowance replaced unemployment benefit and income support for unemployed people on 7 October 1996. Therefore the figure for 1996-97 is a part year figure. Source: DWP management information data.

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