Tom Brake – 2015 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Work and Pensions

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Tom Brake on 2015-11-03.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much of the welfare budget was spent on employment and support allowance, incapacity benefit and income support claimants or universal credit claims with sickness or disability elements in 2014-15.

Priti Patel

The benefit expenditure for 2014/15 is in the table below:

Benefit 2014/15 expenditure £m
Employment & Support Allowance 12,827
Incapacity Benefit 245
Income Support incapacity 389
Severe Disablement Allowance 735
Total 14,196

Severe Disablement Allowance is a non-contributory version of Incapacity Benefit and is included here for completeness. Information on the sickness or disability element of Universal Credit is currently unavailable.

Detailed information on benefit expenditure is available in our Benefit Expenditure tables which can be found at: