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Social Security Benefits

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Rachel Reeves Rachel Reeves Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

(1) how many (a) women, (b) men and (c) pensioners are entitled to (i) attendance allowance, (ii) carer's allowance, (iii) council tax benefit, (iv) dependency increases, (v) disability living allowance, (vi) employment and support allowance, (vii) housing benefit, (viii) incapacity benefit, (ix) income support, (x) industrial injuries disablement benefit, (xi) jobseeker's allowance, (xii) maternity allowance, (xiii) pension credit, (xiv) the Pneumoconiosis, Byssinosis and Miscellaneous Diseases scheme and the Workmen's Compensation (Supplementation), (xv) state pension, (xvi) severe disablement allowance, (xvii) statutory adoption pay, (xviii) statutory maternity pay, (xix) statutory paternity pay, (xx) statutory sick pay, (xxi) widow's benefit and (xxii) bereavement benefit;

(2) if he will estimate the cost of uprating (a) attendance allowance, (b) carer's allowance, (c) council tax benefit, (d) dependency increases, (e) disability living allowance, (f) employment and support allowance, (g) housing benefit, (h) incapacity benefit, (i) income support, (j) industrial injuries disablement benefit, (k) jobseeker's allowance, (l) maternity allowance, (m) pension credit, (n) the Pneumoconiosis, Byssinosis and Miscellaneous Diseases scheme and the Workmen's Compensation (Supplementation), (o) state pension, (p) severe disablement allowance, (q) statutory adoption pay, (r) statutory maternity pay, (s) statutory paternity pay, (t) statutory sick pay, (u) widow's benefit and (v) bereavement benefit for 2012-13 by (i) 2.5, (ii) 4.3 and (iii) 5.3 per cent.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The information is tabled as follows:

Benefit entitlement (1)
Benefit Total claimants Males Females Pensioners (2) Number of claimants with a partner
AA 1,760,620 571,910 1,188,700 1,760,620 n/a
CA 1,020,120 341,240 678,880 418,990 n/a
DLA 3,231,330 1,621,050 1,610,280 1,061,010 n/a
ESA 662,230 362,640 299,600 93,410
IB/SDA 1,946,200 1,095,910 850,280 37,470 22,150
IS 1,703,220 592,560 1,110,660 224,250
JSA 1,404,140 946,100 458,040 153,570
PC 2,674,670 1,051,670 1,622,990 599,080
SP 12,616,240 4,871,260 7,744,980 12,616,240 n/a
WB 44,000 n/a 44,000 n/a
BB 64,770 18,590 46,180 n/a
MA 54,800 n/a 54,800 n/a
IIDB 270,380 217,770 52,620 141,090 n/a
Pre-1948 schemes:          
WC 80 70 10 80 n/a
PBM 80 Total 60 20 80 n/a
Total claimants (3) Single males Single females Number of couples Pensioners (2)
HB 4,909,510 1,371,950 2,503,550 1,023,240 1,279,120
CTB 5,860,150 1,399,060 2,986,590 1,461,510 2,210,160
n/a = not available/not applicable ‘—’ = nil or negligible (1 )Caseload figures used for Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance and Carer's Allowance include those cases with entitlement but where payment is currently suspended (for example because of an extended stay in hospital or an overlapping benefit). Caseloads for Incapacity Benefit and Employment Support Allowance include Credits Only cases. (2) IIDB claimants pensioners are defined as women over 60 and men over 65. HB/CTB pensioners are defined as those cases where either the claimant is aged 65 and over (single people) or the elder of the claimant or partner is aged 65 or over (couples). For all other benefits pensioners are defined as those over state pension age. The age at which women reach state pension age will gradually increase from 60 to 65 between April 2010 and April 2020. This will introduce a small increase to the number of working age benefit recipients and a small reduction to the number of pension age recipients. Figures from May 2010 onwards reflect this change. (3) HB/CTB: Gender is not recorded for a large number of cases. Claimants with unknown gender are excluded from the analysis. For this reason the number of single and couples in the above table do not sum to the total number of claimants. Key: AA = Attendance Allowance CA = Carer's Allowance DLA = Disability Living Allowance ESA = Employment and Support Allowance IB/SDA = Incapacity Benefit/Severe Disablement Allowance IS = Income Support JSA = Jobseeker's Allowance PC = Pension Credit SP = State Pension WB = Widow's Benefit BB = Bereavement Benefit MA = Maternity Allowance (MA) claimants, Great Britain: May 2011. IIDB = Industrial Injuries Death Benefit WC = Workmen's Compensation PBM = Pneumoconiosis Byssinosis and Miscellaneous Diseases: March 2011 HB/CTB = Housing Benefit /Council Tax Benefit: August 2011 Notes: 1. WPLS 100% and SHBE 100% data is rounded to the nearest 10 and 5% sample data to the nearest 100. 2. The partner information is based on the payment of additional benefit which is paid for a partner. 3. Totals may not sum due to rounding. 4. Caseload data are available on the Department's tabulation tool at: http://83.244.183.180/100pc/tabtool.html 5. Pension Credit was introduced on 6 October 2003 and replaced Minimum Income Guarantee (Income Support for people aged 60 or over). The vast majority of people who were previously in receipt of the Minimum Income Guarantee transferred to Pension Credit in October 2003. These Pension Credit statistics are produced on a different basis to the Early Estimates. The latter are more timely but operational processing times mean that a number of claim commencements and terminations are not reflected in them. 6. IIDB caseloads exclude Reduced Earnings Allowance cases. Sources: IIDB, WC ,PBM: DWP Information Governance and Security Directorate 100% scan Maternity Allowance: DWP Information Governance and Security Directorate 5% sample data. Housing Benefit: Single Housing Benefit Extract (SHBE) All other benefits: DWP Information Governance and Security Directorate 100% Works and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS)
Cost of uprating
£ million
  Percentage uprating
(i) 2.5 (ii) 4.3 (iii) 5.3
Attendance Allowance 140 240 290
Carer's Allowance 40 80 90
Council Tax Benefit 10 10 10
Dependency increases * * *
Disability Living Allowance 320 540 670
Employment and Support Allowance 150 260 320
Housing Benefit 20 40 50
Incapacity Benefit 40 60 80
Income Support 120 210 260
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit 20 40 50
Jobseeker's Allowance 110 190 230
Maternity Allowance 10 10 20
Pension Credit 360 630 770
Pneumoconiosis Byssinosis and Miscellaneous Diseases scheme and the Workmen's Compensation (Supplementation) * * *
State Pension 2,060 3,620 4,490
Severe Disablement Allowance 20 40 50
Statutory Maternity Pay 30 70 90
Statutory Sick Pay * * *
Bereavement benefits 10 20 30
Notes: 1. Figures are in cash terms, rounded to the nearest £10 million. 2. Figures less than £10 million are denoted by ‘*’. 3. Effects in income-related benefits (CTB, ESA, HB, IS, JSA and PC) include offsetting effects from income from other benefits being brought to account. 4. Bereavements benefits includes Widow's Benefit. 5. Cost are based on Budget 2011 forecasts. 6. Costs are compared to a baseline of no uprating and are indicative only. Proposed benefit rates will be announced to Parliament by ministerial statement later in the autumn.

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