HC Deb 31 March 2003 vol 402 cc593-4W
Mr. Frank Field

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many(a) men aged 55 to 64 and (b) women aged 55 to 59 who are not in full or part-time employment (i) receive one or more benefit and (ii) are not in receipt of any benefit. [90823]

Mr. Nicholas Brown

The available information is in the table.

Estimated number of people not in work
Total1 Benefit recipients2 Non-recipients2
Men aged 55–64 1,100 900 300
Women aged 55–59 700 300 400
1 Figures are from the LFS—estimates have not been adjusted for the results of census 2001.
2 Figures are based on the proportions of those out of work and receiving benefits from the FRS, applied to the figures from the LFS.


1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred thousand.

2. Figures may not sum due to rounding.


Labour Force Survey (LFS) Summer 2001 to Spring 2002. Family Resources Survey (FRS) 2001–02. Benefit-receipt is assessed at the individual level and includes all benefits in payment.