Social Security Benefits

Treasury written question – answered on 15th January 2014.

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Photo of Jeremy Lefroy Jeremy Lefroy Conservative, Stafford

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) Stafford and (b) the UK were claiming each of the major in-work benefits in each of the last 10 years; and what the cost of such benefits was to the Exchequer.

Photo of Nicky Morgan Nicky Morgan The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

The information is as follows:

HMRC-tax credits

The finalised annual award child and working tax credits statistics for 2011-12 are available here:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/statistics/fin-main-stats/cwtc-awards.xls

Table 1.1 of this publication provides a breakdown of families and tax credit entitlement at the UK level, split by family structure and working status, for the latest year 2011-12 back to 2003-04, which was the first year of the current tax credit system.

This table shows the amount of working tax credit entitlement linked to in-work families. A breakdown of the Exchequer cost is not available.

The finalised annual award child and working tax credits statistics for 2011-12 split by geography are available here:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/statistics/fin-geog-stats/geo-analyses.xls

Table 2 of this publication provides a breakdown of families and average annual tax credit entitlement at the local authority level, including Stafford. A breakdown of working tax credit and child tax credit entitlement is not available. Older geographic publications are available here:

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20121106034103/http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/final-award-geog.htm

DWP-benefits

The information for Great Britain is in the following table. The information relating to Northern Ireland is a matter for the Northern Ireland Office.

Expenditure on those in work by benefit, £ million, nominal terms
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Great Britain                    
Housing benefit - - - - - 1,667.4 2,362.4 3,215.3 3,908.4 4,410.1
Council tax benefit - - - - - 210.5 311.5 437.4 510.9 564.4
Statutory maternity pay 1,035.0 1,291.2 1,183.7 1,317.6 1,629.7 1,954.0 2,025.6 2,141.2 2,199.7 2,303.5
Statutory sick pay 40.1 43.0 41.0 45.0 43.5 46.2 46.8 44.6 47.0 49.9
                     
Stafford                    
Housing benefit - - - - - 0.8 1.4 2.5 3.0 3.8
Council tax benefit - - - - - 0.1 0.2 0.5 0.5 0.7

Housing and council tax benefits are available to those who are in-work or out of work. The figures provided here are for in-work only.

Expenditure on those in work for housing benefit and council tax benefit is not available prior to 2008-09 and information is not available at local authority level for statutory maternity pay or statutory sick pay.

The information for housing benefit and council tax benefit excludes any passported recipients and is based on a combination of quarterly statistical data and local authority subsidy returns, as outturn expenditure data are not available at this level. For 2008-09, November 2008 data have been used as this is the most representative dataset available during this period.

The information for statutory maternity pay and statutory sick pay is based on provisional employer returns to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and is expenditure funded by the Department for Work and Pensions, some additional expenditure will be funded by the employer. These estimates may vary from the estimates published by the Government Actuary's Department (GAD) in their annual uprating report.

Figures are consistent with autumn 2013 expenditure forecasts published at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/benefit-expenditure-and-caseload-tables-2013

Housing benefit case load data by local authority 2008 to 2013 can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk

Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:

https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Stat-Xplore_User_Guide.htm

Housing benefit and council tax benefit case load data from 2010 to February 2013 can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-work-pensions/about/statistics

Housing benefit and council tax benefit case load data prior to 2010 can be found at:

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130107093842/http:/statistics.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/hb_ctb/index.php?page=hbctb_arc

For Northern Ireland statistics go to:

http://www.dsdni.gov.uk/index/stats_and_research/benefit_publications.htm

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