Previous Section Back to Table of Contents Lords Hansard Home Page


National Insurance Number Fraud

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Social Security (Baroness Hollis of Heigham): We are continuing to tackle the issue of National Insurance number (NINO) fraud in a number of ways. There are specific procedures aimed at preventing existing numbers from being used fraudulently and any application for a NINO is rigorously checked. Section 19 of the Social Security Administration (Fraud) Act 1997 provides a requirement for all benefit applicants to provide sufficient information or evidence of identity, so that the correct NINO for the claimant and anyone else included in the claim can be traced and confirmed as appropriate to them.

Disability Benefits: Expenditure

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

4 Feb 1998 : Column WA122

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is as follows.

The expenditure on each social security benefit for disabled people in each year from 1978-9 to 1996-97 (in 96/97 prices) is shown in the attached Table 1.

The majority of the increase in expenditure on the main disability benefits is accounted for by caseload growth, as Table 2 illustrates.

Table 1: Expenditure on disability benefits from 1978-79 to 1996-97 (1996-97 prices)

£ million
AAICASDAMADLADWA
1978-795171221214500
1979-805301122420800
1980-815791124127800
1981-826701226435100
1982-837641529244700
1983-848971833055100
1984-859941940761400
1985-861,1222143569000
1986-871,23716545281600
1987-881,35227744589800
1988-891,41824544795400
1989-901,5302424571,01600
1990-911,6902545241,08000
1991-921,9613276851,22000
1992-931,714381706752,1773
1993-941,92547475402,9728
1994-952,07355681903,29912
1995-962,25563484303,90720
1996-972,42176889304,36125

Key:

AA = Attendance Allowance, ICA = Invalid Care Allowance,

SDA = Severe Disablement Allowance, MA = Mobility Allowance, DLA = Disability Living Allowance, DWA = Disability Working

Allowance.

Source:

1997 DSS Departmental Report and earlier equivalent publications.

Notes:

1. The definition of disability benefit is consistent with the departmental report published in March 1997.

2. Invalid Care Allowance is included, although it is not itself paid to disabled people. It is a benefit that is paid to those caring for certain categories of disabled people.


Table 2: Percentage growth in expenditure (real terms 96/97 prices) and the percentage growth in caseload for certain major disability benefits

Benefit in 1978/79Equivalent benefit in 1996/97Percentage growth in expenditure (real terms 96/97 prices) Percentage growth in caseload
Mobility AllowanceDisability Living Allowance (DLA) Higher Rate Mobility Component1410 per cent.1140 per cent.
Attendance Allowance (AA)AA and DLA Higher or Middle Rate Care Component700 per cent.650 per cent.
Invalid Care Allowance (ICA) ICA6300 per cent.5900 per cent.

Sources:

1. Social Security statistics various years, Analytical Services Division 1 Quarterly publications.

2. 1997 DSS Departmental Report and earlier equivalent publications.




   Back to Table of Contents Lords Hansard Home Page