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State Pension

Dr. George Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what estimate he has made of the net cost after taxation of an increase in the basic State Pension of (a) £5 per week at age 75 and (b) £10 per week at age 80 years. [120548]

Mr. Rooker: The information is in the table.

Estimate of the net cost after taxation of an increase in the basic State Pension of £5 per week at age 75 and £10 per week at age 80 years
£ billion

£5 increase at 75-79, £10 increase at 80
Gross cost1.7
Net cost after income-related benefits offset1.15
Net cost after income-related benefits offset and taxation1

Notes:

1. All costs are in £ billion, rounded to the nearest £50 million, and are for 2000-01.

2. Other benefits, whose rates are linked to the basic State Pension, are not included.

3. Gross costs estimated by the Government Actuary's Department.

4. Income-related benefits offsets estimated by Analytical Services Division, Department of Social Security.

5. Income tax receipts estimated by the Inland Revenue.


Occupational Pensions

Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many pensioners in receipt of (a) income-related benefits, (b) National Insurance-related benefits and (c) in total receive income from an occupational pension. [120360]

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Mr. Rooker: The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is in the table.

Pensioner benefit units in receipt of occupational pension income Great Britain, 1997-98

Occupational pension income recipients also in receipt of:Pensioner benefit units in receipt
Income related benefits910,000
National Insurance related benefits4,060,000
All with occupational pension income4,090,000

Notes:

1. Estimates are rounded to the nearest 10,000 benefit units, although they are not necessarily accurate to that degree.

2. Pensioner benefit units are defined as single (non-cohabiting) people over State pension age (men 65 and over, women 60 and over) and couples (married or cohabiting) where the man is over State pension age.

3. Income-related benefits include Income Support, Family Credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and Social Fund Grants.

4. National Insurance-related benefits include State Retirement Pension, Widows' Benefits and Incapacity Benefit.

5. Estimates of benefit income are based on survey respondents' identification of different elements of benefit income, and are therefore subject to misreporting. For example, some respondents may not be able to differentiate between State Retirement Pension and Income Support since both benefits are received in a single payment.

6. Estimates of the number of pensioner benefit units in receipt of occupational pension are based on survey respondents' own assessment and may be subject to under-reporting.

Source:

Family Resources Survey 1997-98


Parental Leave

Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people have claimed Income Support during parental leave in the last 12 months. [120350]

Mr. Bayley: The new Income Support rules on parental leave came into effect on 5 January 2000. Early indications from a number of offices are that only a handful of claims have been received so far.

Benefit Payments

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people chose to have child benefit and pensions paid by automatic transfer into bank accounts in each year since 1992. [120803]

Mr. Rooker: The information is in the table.

Number of customers in receipt of child benefit and pensions(4) choosing payment into a bank account since 1992.

Year(5)Number of child benefit customers choosing ACTNumber of retirement pension and widows pension customers choosing ACT(6)
19921,505,4252,392,292
19931,594,6003,043,118
19941,741,8753,315,930
19951,880,6503,543,713
19962,063,1503,854,419
19972,241,2754,014,874
19982,436,9004,272,662
19992,620,0754,554,997

(4) "Pensions" has been interpreted as referring to retirement (RP) and widows (WP) pension, for which details are only available as a combined number.

(5) Date as at November of each year.

(6) These figures exclude pensioners who are entitled to Income Support and receive a combined payment, and include customers resident overseas.


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Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list, for each of the main social security benefits, how many people in each of the last 12 months have contacted his Department and its agencies requesting that their benefit payment be switched to a post office from payment into a bank account. [120987]

Mr. Rooker: The Department does not routinely collate the information requested.

However, as the overall trend on all benefits is an increase in payment into a bank account, it is unlikely that a significant number of customers are changing from payment into a bank account to payment at the post office.

Correspondence

Mr. Winnick: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security when the hon. Member for Walsall, North will receive a reply to his letter of 7 March to the Chief Executive of the Benefits Agency regarding a constituent (Ref. E24618). [121260]

Angela Eagle: A reply was issued to my hon. Friend on 4 May 2000.

Mr. Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security when he will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for North Thanet dated 11 April concerning non-payment of widows' payment to Mrs. Corrina Smith and similar cases. [121110]

Angela Eagle: A reply was issued today.

Child Benefit

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will make a statement on the distribution of Child Benefit expenditure according to (a) the gross income bands, (b) the equivalised gross income bands and (c) the equivalised net income bands of recipient families using (i) each band of £5,000 up to £40,000 and (ii) over £40,000. [121104]

Angela Eagle: The information is in the table.

Expenditure on Child Benefit by band of income and the number of children in each income band

Gross incomeEquivalised gross incomeEquivalised net income
Less than £5,000£90 million (0.2 million)£200 million (0.4 million)£290 million (0.5 million)
£5-£10,000£970 million (1.6 million)£1,930 million (3.4 million)£2,530 million (4.4 million)
£10-£15,000£1,260 million (2.1 million)£1,550 million (2.7 million)£2,070 million (3.6 million)
£15-£20,000£960 million (1.7 million)£1,230 million (2.2 million)£1,130 million (2.0 million)
£20-£25,000£850 million (1.5 million)£830 million (1.5 million)£570 million (1.0 million)
£25-£30,000£770 million (1.4 million)£520 million (0.9 million)£290 million (0.5 million)
£30-£35,000£590 million (1.0 million)£340 million (0.6 million)£120 million (0.2 million)
£35-£40,000£470 million (0.9 million)£200 million (0.4 million)£70 million (0.1 million)
£40,000 and above£1,250 million (2.3 million)£410 million (0.7 million)£140 million (0.3 million)

Notes:

1. Information is taken from Households Below Average income (HBAI) 1997-98 based on the Family Resources Survey 1997-98.

2. All figures are in April 1999 prices.

3. The expenditure of Child Benefit has been estimated using benefit receipt on HBAI. Therefore the expenditure in this table will not exactly match published expenditure figures.

4. The figures in parentheses are the number of children in each band of income.

5. Estimates of expenditure are rounded to the nearest £100 million. Numbers of children are rounded to the nearest 100,000.


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Disability Living Allowance

Ms Julie Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what percentage of appeals against decisions to refuse Disability Living Allowance were successful in (a) Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) England in the last year for which figures are available. [120931]

Angela Eagle: The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is in the table.

Figures for each of the appeals service regional offices

TotalIn appellants favourPercentage
Great Britain51,82725,23448.7
Birmingham5,4422,39844.1
Cardiff6,8863,43849.9
Glasgow8,4024,07248.5
Leeds4,4582,31251.9
Liverpool6,7592,99144.3
Nottingham7,2353,64450.4
Newcastle3,9651,90147.9
Salford3,9141,68843.1
Sutton4,7662,79058.5

Notes:

1. The figures relate to all Disability Living Allowance (DLA) appeals heard between 1 January 1999 and 31 December 1999.

2. We are unable to identify the reason for the appeals against DLA decisions. The figures will include appeals for other reasons as well as refusal of benefits.

Source:

100 per cent. download from the Appeals Service database computer system.



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