HC Deb 25 April 2001 vol 367 c269W
Mr. Willetts

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what the average length of time is that people spend on Incapacity Benefit. [157077]

Mr. Bayley

[holding answer 9 April 2001]: The average duration of Incapacity Benefit for claims which terminated in the period 1 April 1998 to 31 March 1999 is 1,027 days. If people who leave Incapacity Benefit for retirement pension are excluded, the average duration is 500 days.


Figures are taken from a 1 per cent. sample of claimants.