Out-of-work benefit bill almost 3% of GDP claim

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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.

Yours faithfully,

J Roberts

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J Roberts

CSD StrategyDirectorate FD-PQ, Department for Work and Pensions

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