To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the number of employment and support allowance claimants who will receive (a) pensioner premium, (b) severe disability premium, (c) enhanced disability premium and (d) carer premium in each of the next five years.
We expect there will be similar proportions in receipt of the severe disability premium, carer's premium and pensioner premiums under employment and support allowance, as there are for the current incapacity benefits stock. The number of people eligible for the enhanced disability premium will increase under employment and support allowance, due to the automatic passport to the premium for those in the support group. This ensures that everyone in the group receiving income-related employment and support allowance will receive the enhanced disability premium.
The following table provides estimates for those receiving the premiums under incapacity benefits without the introduction of employment and support allowance and this is broadly similar to the combined incapacity benefits and employment and support allowance totals. However, the exception is the number of people in receipt of the enhanced disability premium, which is expected to rise by over 100,000 in the long-run, over and above the figures presented as follows.
|Incapacity benefits—additional premiums paid through income support: Estimated benefit case loads|
|2007-08 estimated outturn||2008-09||2009-10||2010-11|
|Enhanced disability premium||160,000||165,000||170,000||175,000|
|Severe disability premium||220,000||225,000||230,000||240,000|
|'—' Indicates figures are negligible. |
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 5,000.
2. Figures are based on information underlying benefit expenditure tables published on the DWP website. The tables are accessible via the following link: