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Employment and Support Allowance: Expenditure

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

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the projection made by the Office for Budget Responsibility that expenditure on employment and support allowance will be £1 billion more than previously expected by 2015-16; and if he will make a statement.

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

The new projections made by the Office for Budget Responsibility of employment and support allowance (ESA) expenditure reflect the latest data on the number of claimants assessed as fit for work, the most up to date assumptions on the composition of the caseload and the number of new claims.

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