HC Deb 27 April 1995 vol 258 cc639-40W
Mr. Frank Field

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the average length of time a claimant who was(a) retired (b) sick or disabled, (c) a single parent and (d) unemployed remained on benefit 30 years ago; and if he will give what those averages are at the latest available date. [20389]

Mr. Hague

Information is not available for 30 years ago.

Current available information is as follows:

  1. (1) The average length of time for retirement pensioners to remain on benefit until death is 16.5 years.
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  3. (2) The average length of time a claimant is sick or disabled and on benefit is as follows: sickness benefit—114 days; invalidity benefit—3.4 years; severe disablement allowance—6.1 years.
  4. (3) At 10 May 1994 the average length of time a claimant registered as unemployed was 410 days.

This information does not include recipients who receive only income support.

Information for lone parents is not available.

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