HC Deb 04 July 2003 vol 408 c523W
Mr. Willetts

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Skipton and Ripon (Mr. Curry) on 20 May 2003,Official Report, columns 749–50W, on incapacity benefits, how many people claimed both incapacity benefit and income support in each year since 1995. [121256]

Mr. Browne

The information is in the table.

People claiming incapacity benefit (IB) who are also in receipt of income support (IS)
As at 30 November Number
1995 768,900
1996 794,400
1997 864,800
1998 872,800
1999 911,500
2000 970,300
2001 1,013,800
2002 1,057,100


1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred and are subject to a degree of sampling variation.

2. Figure includes cases where people are claiming incapacity benefit but receiving national insurance credits only.


Figures are based on 5 per cent. samples of the incapacity benefit and income support computer systems, and exclude a small number of cases held clerically.

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