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Social Security Benefits

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann Labour, Bassetlaw

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received more than £10,000 in benefits in each parliamentary constituency in the most recent year for which figures are available.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The information requested is not available.

While information on DWP administered benefits is available at constituency level we do not hold complete information on those benefits administered by other Government Departments and organisations. Restricting analysis to those benefits administered directly by DWP may present a misleading picture of benefit receipt. In addition, we estimate that developing an appropriate methodology and quality assuring any analysis of DWP administrative data would exceed disproportionate cost limits.

The table provides estimates of the number of benefit units in receipt of benefit and tax credit income in excess of £10,000 in 2009-10 based on the latest release of the Family Resources Survey (FRS).

The FRS is a clustered sample designed to produce robust estimates at former Government Office Region (GOR) level. Sample sizes below this level will be small, and not every area within a GOR will be covered by the FRS in any year, therefore we are not able to produce estimates at the constituency level.

Number of benefit units in receipt of benefit and tax credit income in excess of £10,000 per year
Number
North-east 300,000
North-west 800,000
Yorkshire and the Humber 500,000
East midlands 400,000
West midlands 600,000
East 500,000
London 700,000
South-east 700,000
South-west 500,000
   
England 5,100,000
Wales 300,000
Scotland 500,000
Northern Ireland 200,000
   
United Kingdom 6,100,000
Notes: 1. The Family Resources Survey is a nationally representative sample of UK households. Data for 2009-10 was collected between April 2009 and March 2010. 2. The figures from the Family Resources Survey are based on a sample of households which have been adjusted for non-response using multi-purpose grossing factors which align the Family Resources Survey to former Government Office Region population by age and sex. Estimates are subject to sampling error and remaining non-response error. 3. Results have been rounded to the nearest 100,000. 4. The Family Resources Survey is known to under-record benefit receipt and so estimates should be treated with caution. 5. A benefit unit is defined as a single adult or a married or cohabiting couple and any dependent children; from January 2006 same-sex partners (civil partners and cohabitees) are included in the same benefit unit. 6. A benefit unit has been defined as in receipt of a benefit or tax credit if at least one member of the benefit unit is in receipt of income from at least one benefit or tax credit. Source: Family Resources Survey, 2009-10

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