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One in 10 are claiming DLA in Mid-Ulster

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

ONE in every ten people of working age in Mid-Ulster are claiming some form of Disability Living Allowance, the Department for Communities has revealed.

The statistics show that in Mid-Ulster alone, there is a total of 145,389 people eligble for DLA payments, with 14,590 people in reciept of the payment as of August 2017.

Across Northern Ireland there are a 192,700 people claiming DLA payments.

This figures is lower than 2016's figure, although the drcrease has been attributed to the introduction of Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

The Northern Ireland Benefits Statistics Summary also reveals that Mid-Ulster has the lowest percentage of pensioners of every local goverment district in Northern Ireland.

Across Mid-Ulster only 20,520 people claim a state pension in Mid-Ulster, just 14.1 per cent of all reisdents.

This is considerbly lower than the district with the highest number of claimants, Ards and North Down, where 33,800 of the 159,593 (21.2 per cent) residents claim their state pension.

However, the percentage of over 60's claiming pension credit is the second highest in the country.

Of the 27,007 people who claim their state pension and reside in Mid-Ulster, 6,430 of them (23.8 percent) also claim pension credit.

Only Derry City and Strabane have a higher percentage of residents claiming Pension Credit with 7,740 of the 29,083 people their aged over 60 receieving Pension Credit.

The statistics also show that employment has risen considerbly within a year in Mid-Ulster.

In August 2016 there were 1,640 people claiming Jobseekers Allowance this figure fell by 14.2 per cent to 1,440 in August 2017.

Despite the increase in employment numbers, there are still a number of people claiming income support across the district.

Of the 91,711 people aged 16-64 in the district, 2,200 people claimed income support.

The statistics also show that 9.6 per cent of Mid-Ulster's working age population are in receipt of employment and support allowance claimants.

Of the 91,711 people working aged people residing within Mid-Ulster, 8,780 of them are claiming employment and support allowance.

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