HC Deb 02 November 1993 vol 231 cc192-3W
Mr. Dewar

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish figures on the same basis as table series 10 of the income support statistics annual inquiry for May 1992 showing for each premium group in Great Britain(a) the average amount of deductions for all cases with more than one deduction and (b) the average amount of benefit before deductions.

Mr. Burt

The information is in the table.

Income support recipients Cases with more than one deduction by premium group
Number of cases Average amount of deductions £ Average IS before deductions £
Total cases 333,500 1599 68.24
Premium groups
Higher pensioner premium 3,600 12.47 39.15
Enhanced pensioner premium 600 14.24 10.39
Pensioner premium 10,100 13.83 51.75
Severe disability premium (higher rate) 100 23.80 66.20
Severe disability premium (lower rate) 1,500 17.71 78.05
Disability premium 35,200 16.23 65.66
Lone parent premium 176,400 16.73 70.41
Disabled child premium 4,800 22.17 89.07
Family premium 245,000 17.12 75.97
Carer premium 5,100 20.05 66.11
No premium 54,000 12.47 45.24


1. The numbers of cases given are the same as those published in table 10.2 of the income support statistics annual inquiry, May 1992. For use elsewhere, these would normally be rounded to the nearest thousand as recommended on page 17 of the inquiry.

2. The average amount of deductions given is the average total sum deducted per case, and is correct to the nearest penny.

3. The average weekly amount of income support before deduction is correct to the nearest penny.

4. Income support recipients may also receive other benefits, from which deductions may be made. Therefore the average amount of deductions may exceed the average amount of income support.

Mr. Dewar

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his answer of 21 April,Official Report, columns 137–38, on income support, if he will update the information to include a breakdown for 1992 and any estimates for 1993.

1. Mr. Burt

The information is in the table. 1992 is the latest year for which regional figures are available. Forecast information for claimants and dependants by region is not available.

Income Support recipients, claimants, partners and dependants by region
Region Claimants Partners Dependants
North Eastern 807,000 149,000 449,000
London, North 957,000 185,000 563,000
South Western 398,000 78,000 203,000
Wales 301,000 55,000 170,000
Midlands 870,000 173,000 506,000
North Western 786,000 126,000 440,000
Scotland 536,000 77,000 260,000
London, South 856,000 148,000 476,000
Great Britain 5,511,000 991,000 3,067,000


Source: Income support statistics quarterly inquiry, November 1992.

2. All figures have been rounded to the nearest thousand, and so may not sum to the totals given.

3. Information is not available for the standard statistical regions. Figures are therefore given by social security regions.

4. "Partners" are people living as a married couple.

5. "Dependants" are young people aged under 19 who live in the parental home.

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