§ Chris Ruane
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of means-tested benefits or tax credits, by region, as(a) a percentage of population and (b) a total number, in descending order according to percentage figures in 2000. 45W
§ Malcolm Wicks
[holding answer 30 January 2002]: The information on recipients of income-related benefits is in the table. Tax credits are the responsibility of the Inland Revenue.
Recipients of income-related benefits by Government office region—May 2000 Region Recipients (Thousand) Percentage of the regional population1 England (north-east) 400 19 Scotland 740 18 England (north-west) 940 17 England (London) 940 16 Wales 370 16 England (Yorkshire and Humberside) 620 15 England (west midlands) 630 15 England (east midlands) 430 13 England (south-west) 470 12 England (east) 470 11 England (south east) 620 10 1 Percentage of the regional population aged over 16.
1. Key income related benefits are jobseeker's allowance, income support, minimum income guarantee, housing benefit and council tax benefit.
2. The data refers to recipients of income-related benefits which may be a single person, a member of a couple or a member of a family.
3. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10,000.
Client Group Analysis of DWP Information Centre 5 per cent. statistical samples—May 2000, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System annual 1 per cent. sample taken in May 2000. Population figures are provided by Office for National Statistics, Population Estimates Unit.