To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of incapacity benefit claimants received the benefit for (a) back pain and (b) repetitive strain injuries in each year since 1980; and if he will make a statement.
The diagnosed condition does not of itself confer entitlement to incapacity benefits. Entitlement is dependent upon the medical assessment of incapacity for work, the personal capability assessment, which assesses how a person's condition affects their mental or physical functions.
Information is not available prior to 1995. The available information is in the following table.
|Number and proportion of incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance claimants with a primary diagnosis of back pain or repetitive strain injury|
|Back pain||Repetitive strain injury|
|As at May each year||Number||Percentage||Number||Percentage|
| Notes: |
1. May 1995 to May 1999 (inclusive) numbers have been based on five per cent. sample figures uprated to 100 per cent WPLS totals.
2. May 2000 to May 2007 (inclusive) numbers are based on 100 per cent. WPLS figures.
3. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
4. May 1995 to May 1999 (inclusive) numbers are based on a five per cent. sample, and are therefore subject to a degree of sampling variation. These figures should be used as a guide to the current situation only.
6. Proportions are rounded to one decimal place.
DWP Information Directorate five per cent sample and 100 per cent Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study