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Social Security Benefits: Havering

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 209735, tabled on 26 September 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many recipients of benefits resident in the London Borough of Havering have been convicted and subsequently sentenced to a term of imprisonment in each year since January 2011.

Answered on

14 October 2014

Table 1 shows the estimated number of individuals who were resident in Havering and were on benefits at some point in the four weeks before a court conviction which resulted in a custodial sentence. The estimated numbers are shown by calendar year for 2011 and 2012, based on the year of the conviction. Figures for later years are not available.

Table 1: Estimated number of individuals sentenced to custodial sentences in Havering, in 2011 and 2012, who were on benefits at some point in the four weeks before conviction.

Year of conviction

Individuals claiming the following benefits



Disability Living Allowance (DLA)



Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)



Incapacity Benefit (IB)



Income Support (IS)



Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)



Other DWP benefits 1



Total individuals



1 Other DWP benefits – Carer’s Allowance, Pension Credit, Severe Disablement Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Passported Incapacity Benefit, Bereavement Benefit, Widows Benefit and Retirement Pension – have been grouped due to low volumes.


The total population of Havering was 240,000 in 2011 and 2012, with a corresponding working age population (aged 16-64) of 151,000. Claimants of ESA, IB, IS and JSA will be of working age whilst DLA claimants may be under 16. During 2011 and 2012, around 19,000 residents of Havering were claiming one of the above benefits at any given point in time, with over 5,000 of these claiming JSA.


· Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

· These figures have been derived from the National Benefits Database linked to Police National Computer data taken from the 2013 MoJ-DWP-HMRC data share. This data only includes offenders for whom a link to DWP or HMRC data could be found – 19% of total offenders in England and Wales are not included, either because they have never had a DWP or HMRC record or, due to issues with data quality or consistency, it was not possible to find a match between the offender data and the DWP/HMRC data. As a result, these are likely to be underestimates.

· The figures are based on individuals who are recorded as being resident in Havering according to their relevant record in the National Benefits Database. They may not have been resident in Havering at the time of conviction.

· Individuals may be claiming multiple benefits at once; consequently, an individual may appear in more than one benefit category, but will only appear once in the total. Hence, the totals for each calendar year are less than the sum of the number of claimants for each benefit type. Where an individual incurred more than one prison sentence in the year, they are only included once for each benefit per year.

· Overall population and benefit claimant statistics have been taken from Local Authority Labour Market data as recorded on NOMIS (