HC Deb 13 December 1999 vol 341 cc46-7W
Mr. Rooney

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what (i) percentage and (ii) number of households in the UK claim one or more(a) in-work and (b) means-tested benefits. [102246]

Angela Eagle

The information is in the table.

Percentage and number of households in Great Britain claiming one or more in-work and means-tested benefit
Number of households (millions) Percentage of private households (Great Britain)
In-work benefits 1.0 4
Means-tested benefits 6.8 29


1. Figures are given at a point in time. For In-work benefits this is May 1998, for estimates for means-tested benefits this is 1997–98 which is the latest information that is available.

2. Means-tested benefits are Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Family Credit, Disability Working Allowance, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit, Social Fund and Back to Work Bonus.

3. In-work benefits are Family Credit, Disability Working Allowance, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. Claimants aged 60 or over are only included where the claimant and or partner have earnings (either part-time or full-time) recorded.

4. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred thousand. Percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number.

5. Where benefits overlap, only one benefit has been taken into account.

6. In-work benefit data includes second adult rebate cases.

7. Estimates from the FRS are based on sample counts, which have been adjusted for non response using multipurpose grossing factors that control for region, Council Tax and a number of demographic variables. Estimates are subject to sampling error and to variability in non response.

8. All data relate to Great Britain rather than the United Kingdom as FRS data Cover GB.


1. Family Credit 5 per cent. sample of awards

2. Disability Working Allowance 100 per cent. count of claims

3. Housing Benefit Management Information system annual 1 per cent. sample May 1998

4. Income Support and Jobseeker's Allowance Family Resources Survey 1997–98