Benefits

House of Lords written question – answered at on 28 January 2009.

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Photo of Lord Steinberg Lord Steinberg Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the number of people receiving benefits has increased in the past five years; and, if so, by what percentage.

Photo of Lord McKenzie of Luton Lord McKenzie of Luton Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions) (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government)

The latest available information is that the number of working age and pension age benefit claimants has increased by 2.89 per cent over the five years to May 2008. Within this total, the number of working age claimants went down by 5.81 per cent, the number of pension age claimants increased by 7.03 per cent.

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