Benefits

House of Lords written question – answered on 19th December 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Sharp of Guildford Baroness Sharp of Guildford Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current annual cost of providing income support to 18-21 year-old claimants; what is the total number of such claimants; and how many of those are (1) lone parents, or (2) disabled.

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current annual cost of providing income support to 22-24 year-old claimants; what is the total number of such claimants; and how many of those are (1) lone parents, or (2) disabled.

Photo of Lord Freud Lord Freud The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Income support expenditure for 18 to 21 year-olds was £362 million in 2011-12 and for 22 to 24 year-olds it was £441 million in 2011-12.

Source: DWP Accounting data and 100% Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study data.

Notes:

Figures are rounded to the nearest £1 million.

2011-12 Income support expenditure figure is available through the local authority table here: http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/index.php?page=expenditure

Estimated from four snapshot weekly amounts and caseloads in May 2011, August 2011, November 2011 and February 2012 and the total income support expenditure for 2011-12.

The table below shows the income support (IS) caseload by age (18-21 year-old and 22-24 year-old) and group (lone parents and disabled) in Great Britain at February 2012.

All Aged 18-21 Aged 22-24
All IS 1,509,350 103,900 118,900
Lone Parents 584,170 74,630 95,630
Disabled 72,470 440 1,580

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Lone parents are single people with a child aged under 16.

3. Disabled are people who are receiving a disability premium.

4. Weekly amounts are rounded to the nearest penny.

Source: Information Governance and Security Directorate. 100% Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study data.

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