Social Security Benefits

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

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.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Employment and Welfare Reform)

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
Carer's premium 95,000 100,000 100,000 105,000
Pensioner premium
'—' 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:

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dean stockton
Posted on 16 Jul 2008 3:49 pm (Report this annotation)

Amazing the increase is constant so are the government or the DWP managing the figures by denying people who are entitled to the benefit the benefits?
People who meet the criteria for the benefit say through an accident or birth cannot be constant.
If there is an increase in people who claim enhanced & severe disability premium they it would possibly go that the numbers claiming carers premium would increase as well.
I think it is more likely the new form for ESA will catch people out and either people who should be receiving it will not be and there will be a lot of appeals. This is why people are either underpaid or overpaid because the staff dealing with it do not understand and would in the majority of cases overpay as they can claim it all back later forcing hardship on those who have been overpaid.