HL Deb 12 October 1994 vol 557 cc117-8WA
Earl Russell

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many people are in receipt of income support, what percentage of the population over 18 this represents, and how many of the recipients are: (a) of pensionable age, (b) in receipt of a disability premium and (c) registered unemployed.

1. Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish

The information is in the table.

Number of Income Support claimants 5,643,000
Percentage of the population over the age of 18 this represents 13.1 per cent.
Number of IS claimants over the age of 60 1,736,000
Number of IS claimants in receipt of a disability premium 669,000
Number of unemployed IS claimants 1,920,000


Source: Income Support Statistics Annual Enquiry May 1993. Office of Population, Censuses and Surveys Estimated resident population at mid-1993.

2.Figures have been rounded to the nearest thousand and percentages to one decimal place.

3.Disability premiums also include severe disability premiums (higher and lower).

4.Figures are for Great Britain.