§ Mr. Alton
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people have had their claims for invalidity benefit withdrawn in Liverpool each quarter during the last five years for the reason for being found fit for work within limits; what is the average weekly loss of income incurred by a claimant who has invalidity benefit withdrawn.
§ Mr. Hague
Existing invalidity benefit recipients will be protected. Incapacity benefit will be paid at the same rates as the preceding invalidity benefit. The rates will continue to be uprated annually with the exception of the earning-related addition, which will be frozen at the rate in payment at the point of change.
§ Mr. Hood
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is the total annual amount paid to those people in receipt of invalidity benefit; and if he will break the figures down in percentage terms for payments to(a) single claimants,(b) additions for spouses or partners, (c) additions for children or dependants and (d) additional component element, and age additions.
§ Mr. Hague
The information is not available in the form requested. In 1993–94 the total amount paid to people in receipt of invalidity benefit was £6,967 million. Data are not collected on the breakdown of expenditure 425W between each of the components of invalidity benefit. Estimates of the breakdown are in the table:
Breakdown of invalidity benefit expenditure at 1993–94 prices £ million Per cent. Personal benefit 4,610 66 Adult dependency increase 780 11 Child dependency increase 120 1.7 Invalidity allowance (net) 210 3 Additional Pension 1,200 17 Graduated benefit 40 0.6
Note:1. Estimates rounded to the nearest £10 million. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
2. The invalidity allowance figure is the net amount paid. Invalidity allowance is extinguished by additional pension and /or guaranteed minimum pension entitlement.