HC Deb 29 July 1997 vol 299 c239W
Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list for each county council, and for Wales, the latest numbers of those of working age estimated to be dependent on benefits, and comparative figures for the United Kingdom. [8218]

Mr. Keith Bradley

[holding answer 15 July 1997]: I have been asked to reply.

Our objectives are to promote work incentives, to strengthen community and family life, and to reduce poverty and welfare dependency.

The information requested is not available. However, the number in receipt of income support, the safety net benefit of last resort in Great Britain, Wales and counties in Wales is shown in the table:

Income support claimants aged under 60
All Claimants Partners
Great Britain 4,524,000 3,879,000 644,000
Wales 249,000 211,000 38,000
Clwyd 30,000 26,000 4,000
Dyfed 28,000 23,000 5,000
Gwent 39,000 33,000 6,000
Gwynedd 20,000 16,000 3,000
Mid Glamorgan 54,000 45,000 9,000
Powys 5,000 4,000 1,000
South Glamorgan 37,000 33,000 4,000
West Glamorgan 35,000 30,000 5,000


1. For the analysis, working age has been defined as below the age of 60.

2. If the claimant is of working age then the partner, if present, is counted regardless of their age.

3. Figures are rounded to the nearest thousand and as such totals may not tally.

4. Figures are based on a 5 per cent. sample and as such are subject to a degree of sampling error.

5. Figures include unemployed people who received income support at August 1996 (pre-dating the introduction of jobseeker's allowance in October 1996).


Income Support Quarterly Statistical Enquiry, November 1995.