HC Deb 20 May 2002 vol 386 cc44-5W
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. [30610]

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.