This paper provides some basic facts about the five main benefits that make up, or add to, the income of the approximately five million out-of-work working-age adults to help inform the debate on public spending cuts.
* Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA);
* Income Support (IS);
* the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA);
* Incapacity Benefit (IB); and
* and Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
The paper also examines the geography of claims; the reality for those claiming disability and illness benefits; and considers what these benefits are worth and how much they cost.