Stockton JSNA


Poverty

What needs might be unmet?

Maximising income
Not all benefits are claimed by those who are entitled to them.  The following table shows key benefit take-up nationally and the number of people who may be entitled and do not claim.  There is lower take-up of pension credit, council tax benefit and jobseekers’ allowance compared with other benefits.  Assuming benefit uptake in Stockton-on-Tees is similar, and that Stockton has 0.317% of the population of Great Britain, the number of people not claiming benefits can be estimated.

Estimated take up of income-related benefits, Stockton-on-Tees, 2009/10

Benefit

Estimated take-up (Great Britain)

Estimated number of people with unclaimed benefits in Stockton

Income Support and Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)

77-89%

800 to 2,000

Pension Credit

62-68%

3,800 to 5,000

Housing Benefit (including Local Housing Allowance)

78-84%

2,400 to 3,600

Council Tax Benefit

62-69%

7,400 to 10,100

Jobseeker's Allowance (Income-based)

60-67%

1,400 to 1,900

Source: DWP, 2012a

 

Planned changes in the benefit system may affect the number of unclaimed benefits.  However, there may still be many people, counted in thousands, not claiming their full benefit entitlement that could lift them out of poverty.

Food needs
There is an unmet need for food.  A food bank in Billingham provides for households which cannot afford sufficient food (The Trussell Trust, 2012).

Employment needs
In Stockton-on-Tees, there are 7.6 people seeking work for every job centre vacancy (Nomis, 2012).

 

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