Social Security Benefits

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 21st January 2008.

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Photo of Danny Alexander Danny Alexander Liberal Democrat, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) percentage and (b) cash value of each type of benefit is paid (i) into bank accounts, (ii) into building societies, (iii) into Post Office card accounts and (iv) by giro.

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

The answer is not available in the format requested. The following table is a snap shot for October 2007 and shows the approximate (a) percentage and (b) cash value of each of the main benefits administered by DWP paid (i) into bank/building society accounts (ii) into Post Office card accounts (POca), and (iii) by DWP cheque.

Bank/building society POca Cheque
Percentage of payments Cash values (£ million) Percentage of payments Cash values (£ million) Percentage of payments Cash values (£ million)
State pension 81 3,375 18 875 1 (1)60
Incapacity benefit 80 486 18 124 2 (1)
Income support 70 1,127 26 725 4 94
Jobseeker's allowance 77 137 15 26 8 20
Industrial injuries disablement benefits 76 60 23 19 1 0.6
Attendance allowance 79 77 17 21 4 4
Disability living allowance 81 575 17 121 2 15
Carers allowance 80 74 19 22 1 0.8
(1) State pension cheque values include payments of incapacity benefit and widows benefit.

Notes:

1. Figures relate to GB only.

2. Income support value figures include payments of pension credit.

3. State pension value figures for bank/building society and POca figures include payments of widows benefit.

4. Cash values have been rounded to the nearest £ million.

Source:

DWP Method of Payment Statistics for the month of October 2007.

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