HC Deb 07 February 2001 vol 362 c553W
Mr. Grieve

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people in Scotland under 25 years of age were claiming benefits in the years(a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000. [145636]

Angela Eagle

The available information is in the table.

Recipients in Scotland aged under 25 years in receipt of key social security benefits May 1997–2000
Year Total Under 16s in receipt of DLA 16 to 25 year olds claiming a key benefit
1997 111,700 17,900 93,800
1998 107,900 18,600 89,300
1999 104,900 19,400 85,400
2000 93,600 20,000 73,500


Key benefits are Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), Incapacity Benefit (IB), Severe Disablement Allowance (SDA), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Income Support (IS), Family Credit (FC) and Disability Working Allowance (DWA) were replaced by Working Families Tax Credit and Disabled Persons Tax Credit from October 1999.

Figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred.


Five per cent. caseload samples taken in May of each year.