I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Cabinet Office.
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.
Letter from Peter Fullerton, dated September 2013
In the absence of the Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the number of people in each ward who have been unemployed for (a) six, (b) 12 and (c) 24 months in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral. (169078)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles unemployment statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions. However, estimates of unemployment for the requested geography are not available due to small sample sizes.
As an alternative, in Table 1 we have provided the number of persons claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), for each ward in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral for (a) up to 6 months, (b) 6 to 12 months, (c) 12 to 24 months and (d) 24 months and over, for August 2013.
The counts of people claiming JSA are those who are claiming benefits for unemployment related purposes. At a UK level the total number of JSA claimants is around two thirds of the total unemployment level.
National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count are available on the NOMIS website at:
|Table 1. Number(1) of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance for up to 6 months, 6 to 12 months, 12 to 24 months, and over 24 months, for each ward in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, August 2013|
|Ward||Up to 6 months||6 to 12 months||12 to 24 months||24 months and over|
|(1) Data rounded to the nearest 5 to safeguard the confidentiality of information about individual claimants. Source: Jobcentre Plus Administrative System|