Social Security Benefits

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 2nd November 2015.

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Photo of Drew Hendry Drew Hendry Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to monitor regional variations in benefit uptake.

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

Estimates of take-up are not available at geographies below Great Britain. This is due to the size of the survey sample they are based on and methods used to generate robust national figures.

However, on 25th June 2015 the Department for Work and Pensions published the report “Income-related benefits: Estimates of take-up in 2013/14 (experimental)”. The full report can be found at:

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