§ Ms Corston
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is his estimate of the numbers of people who will claim incapacity benefit in 1995–96 and 1996– 97.
§ Mr. Hague
We forecast that around 1.1 million new claims' to incapacity benefit will be made in each of the years 1995–96 and 1996–97.Source: forecast based upon the projection of past trends in the data, rounded to the nearest 100,000.Notes:A "new claim" means a claim submitted at the beginning of a spell of incapacity for work. If a person has several separate spells of incapacity for work during the year, each spell is included as a new claim. The figure includes new claims which will not result in a payment of benefit.