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Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what schemes exist to enable unemployed households in receipt of Income Support covering mortgage interest payments to take up job opportunities available to them. 
Mr. Bayley: In addition to the range of work incentives already available to recipients of Income Support and income based Jobseeker's Allowance, specific help to support home owners moving into full-time work was announced by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor in his Budget Statement.
From April 2001 home owners who have been receiving Income Support or income based Jobseeker's Allowance continuously for 26 weeks and who have help with their mortgage interest payments will continue to receive help with their mortgage interest for a further four weeks after starting full-time work. This measure will
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help to ease the transition into work by offering a financial cushion for the first few weeks in employment when people may have to wait for their first earnings: 60,000 home owners are expected to benefit from this help each year with average gains of between £30 and £35 per week.
In addition, we want to encourage home owners to try work. From April 2001 benefit-linking arrangements will be extended from the current 12 weeks to 52 weeks for home owners taking up employment. Home owners will be able to take up short-term or seasonal work secure in the knowledge that if they need to reclaim Income Support or income-based Jobseeker's Allowance within a year, they will immediately qualify for help with their mortgage interest payments.
Angela Eagle: Child support maintenance assessments, which set the level of child support liability, do not specify categories of expenditure covered by maintenance payments. It is for the parent with care to decide how best to spend the money in the interests of her children.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many men have been eligible to receive a backdated Winter Fuel Payment, broken down into those who (a) have received the payment and (b) are still waiting to be paid. 
To date, we have received 950,000 claims from men who have chosen to claim these payments, and around 930,000 payments have already been issued in respect of these claims. Outstanding claims from this group (currently estimated to be around 15,000) are being dealt with and payments will be issued on successful claims, in early December. Claims for past winters are not subject to any time limits and we continue to receive them daily.
Mr. Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list the changes made to the level of war pensions in each of the last 20 years; and what was the cost or saving to public funds of each change. 
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|Uprating month and year||War disablement pension(13)||War widows pension(14)|
(13) Rate for those 100 per cent. service disabled
(14) Rate for widow of a private
|From||To||Estimated increase in full year|
|November 1980||November 1981||69|
|November 1981||November 1982||46|
|November 1982||November 1983||52|
|November 1983||November 1984||18|
|November 1984||November 1985||28|
|November 1985||November 1986||37|
|July 1986||April 1987||6|
|April 1987||April 1988||12|
|April 1988||April 1989||23|
|April 1989||April 1990||34|
|April 1990||April 1991||48|
|April 1991||April 1992||48|
|April 1992||April 1993||48|
|April 1993||April 1994||38|
|April 1994||April 1995||27|
|April 1995||April 1996||26|
|April 1996||April 1997||47|
|April 1997||April 1998||26|
|April 1998||April 1999||48|
|April 1999||April 2000||37|
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Allowance were received in the last 12 months for which statistics are available; how many were refused; and how many were subsequently granted on appeal. 
|Claims granted on review or appeal(17),(18)||13,900|
(15) Figures based on 100 per cent. data relate to the 12 months ending September 2000.
(16) Figures include claims received before the 12 months ending September 2000.
(17) Figures based on 5 per cent. data relate to the 12 months ending August 2000.
(18) Figures relate to claims awarded as a result of review, reconsideration, supersession or appeal.
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Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what additional funding he is making available to museums and galleries sponsored by his Department over the next three years; what provision this
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additional funding includes for free access and quids-in at the charging museums; what resources he has set aside in reserve for further allocation; and if he will list the resources that he is making available. 
Mr. Chris Smith: I am increasing the funding available for the museums and galleries sponsored by my Department from £229 million this year to £275 million in 2003-04. Included in the increase is additional capital funding of £10 million in 2002-03 and 12 million in 2003-04. Not all of this funding has yet been allocated.
The bulk of the extra revenue funding available is to support the continuation of free access for children and pensioners at the charging museums and to provide compensation for the introduction of quids-in (a reduced charge of £1 for adults) from 1 September 2001.
Within the total I have allocated £7 million in 2003-03 and £8 million in 2003-04 for urgent capital repairs. I am holding back £3 million of capital funding in 2002-03 and £4 million in 2003-04 from which I shall invite bids for improvement projects and I am also holding back £4 million of revenue funding in 2002-03 and £10 million in 2003-04 to meet particular requirements as they arise.
The allocations made for 2001-02 to 2003-04 are set out in the table for comparison with the allocations for 1998-99 to 2000-01 and show the significant increase achieved. The table does not include the funding for work in the regions which I announced in the House on 25 July 2000.
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|National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside||12.696||13.714||13.910||15.237||(23)16.169||(23)16.382|
|National Portrait Gallery||4.997||5.115||5.138||5.462||(23)5.562||(23)5.712|
|National Museum of Science and Industry||20.281||24.576||25.481||27.341||(23)30.598||(23)31.712|
|Victoria and Albert||29.147||30.084||30.458||32.690||33.471||33.514|
|Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester||2.178||2.717||2.677||2.822||3.016||3.029|
|Museum of London||4.210||4.361||4.429||4.681||(23)5.236||(23)4.842|
|Sir John Soane's||0.567||0.630||0.593||0.699||(23)0.874||(23)0.874|
|Tyne and Wear||--||--||0.994||0.994||0.994||0.994|
|National Coal Mining Museum England||--||--||--||1.332||(23)1.882||(23)1.928|
|Unallocated Reserve Revenue||--||--||0.141||0.158||4.575||9.098|
|Unallocated Reserve Capital||--||--||--||--||3.375||3.725|
|Government Indemnity Scheme||0.015||0.098||0.150||0.150||0.150||0.150|
(22) SR 2000 allocations 2001-02 to 2003-04
(23) Includes a capital allocation
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