Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
In a House of Commons debate (1/9/14) the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith stated:
"By 2015-16, the out-of-work benefit bill will fall back to pre-recession levels, down to 2.3% of GDP. It peaked under the last Government at nearly 3% of GDP."
1. Please provide a list of all benefits that make up the out-of-work benefit bill.
2. For each benefit, please provide the actual amount spent on it when total spending on out-of-work benefits amounted to nearly 3% of GDP.
3. For each benefit, please provide the projected amounts of spending that make up the figure of 2.3% of GDP that Mr Duncan Smith referred to.
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