Hull benefits bill jumps 75 per cent to £725m a year

January 21, 2014 No Comments

The amount given out in benefits to people living in Hull has soared by 75 per cent between 2000-01 and 2012-13.

In 2012-13, £725.8m was handed out in Hull in various different benefits, up from £410.5m 12 years before.

However, in 2012/13, £265.8m – almost two thirds – of this was spent on pensions.

A further £110.6m was spent caring for the disabled or supporting their carers.

After pensions, the second most expensive area was housing benefit, which cost £126.7m.

Only £53m – 12p in every £1 given out as benefits to people living in the city – went on Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA).

Despite the low proportion of the overall welfare bill for Hull, it is still the ninth largest amount given out in JSA by any of the country’s 380 councils.

The data has been released by the Department for Work and Pensions and tracks the amount paid within each council area, for each individual benefit, from 2000.

Over that period, the welfare bill for the UK rose from £81.2bn to £160.2bn.

However, the state pension accounts for half of these amounts.

*Article from the Hull Daily Mail