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Mr. Nicholas Brown: We recognise that it can be difficult for unemployed people to meet the cost of getting to interviews and for this reason we have been running the travel to interview scheme since June 1986. The travel to interview scheme is available to jobseekers from their first day of unemployment.
The scheme encourages people to widen their job search by helping with travelling costs to attend interviews outside their usual travel to work area. To qualify for the scheme the job applied for must be permanent and full time. People can make applications for
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Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much money was paid in benefits, pensions and other associated services in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK during the (i) 200102 financial year to date and (ii) the previous five financial years; and what the breakdown is by benefits for each of those years. 
Mr. McCartney [holding answer 19 October 2001]: The Northern Ireland Assembly is responsible for social security within Northern Ireland. Information on benefit expenditure by country is not available for 200001. Expenditure for Great Britain is published on the DWP website at http://www.dss.gov.uk/asd/online.html. The relevant information is contained in Other Statistics, Benefit Expenditure Tables 2001, Table1. Estimated expenditure amounts for Scotland are given in the table.
|Statutory Sick Pay||5||13||3||4||4|
|Industrial disablement benefits||62||64||65||67||66|
|Industrial Death Benefit||5||5||5||5||5|
|Other industrial injuries benefits||(18)||(18)||(18)||(18)||(18)|
|Statutory Maternity Pay||45||29||42||46||48|
|Guardian's and Child's Special Allowance||(18)||(18)||(18)||(18)||(18)|
|Non-contributory Retirement Pension||3||2||2||2||3|
|Non-contributory Christmas Bonus||1||1||1||1||1|
|Invalid Care Allowance||66||80||82||86||91|
|Severe Disablement Allowance||99||108||119||117||116|
|Disability Living Allowance||440||521||570||610||644|
|Disability Working Allowance||2||3||4||4||4|
|Income Support (under 60 years of age)||1,195||1,012||798||802||817|
|IS for the elderlyMinimum Income Guarantee||348||344||345||335||353|
|Independent Living Funds||12||13||12||13||14|
|Mobility Equipment Fund||(18)||(18)||(18)||(18)||1|
|Winter Fuel Payments||||||19||19||90|
|Other small benefits||(18)||(18)||(18)||(18)||(18)|
|Consolidated Fund Extra Receipts||-1||(18)||(18)||(18)|||
|Housing Benefit Rent Allowance||276||302||322||335||352|
|Housing Benefit Rent Rebate||630||665||692||701||700|
|Council Tax Benefit||213||246||287||303||306|
|Total benefit expenditure||8,413||8,798||9,014||9,262||9,588|
(18) Less than one million
1. Figures are consistent with the Departmental Report 2001.
2. Figures are rounded to the nearest million.
3. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
4. These figures include all LA spending on Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit in addition to the money funded directly by Central Government.
5. The Scotland expenditure figures have been calculated from the average weekly amounts and caseload figures that have been derived from sample administrative data.
6. Figures for 19992000 are on a Resource Accounting and Budgeting basis.
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Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the total running costs for buildings used, owned or rented by his Department for each nation and region of the UK, and estimate the average cost per square metre for properties used by his Department as a whole, and by region and nation of the UK. 
Mr. Nicholas Brown: The vast majority of buildings on the former DSS part of the estate are rented to the Department by our private sector partner, Land Securities Trillium. Under the PRIME PFI agreement, the Department pays Land Securities Trillium a unitary charge (the "Facilities Price") for each building and receives serviced office accommodation in return. The Facilities Price covers not only the space we occupy but also a large number of building related services. These are:
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The second table gives details of the running costs of buildings on the former Employment Service part of the estate. This includes both major and minor occupancies but excludes sub-lets. Information is again provided geographically both on a national and regional basis but is dictated this time by former ES regional boundaries. Running costs on the former ES part of the Estate include all maintenance work (i.e. scheduled, reactive and planned) and minor new works, rents, rates and service charges, cleaning and utilities. These costs are lower than the charges paid by the former DSS as the ES part of the
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estate was not subject to a PFI agreement and does not therefore benefit from the full range of services provided as under the PRIME agreement. Nor has the risk inherent in the buildings and its associated cost been transferred to a PFI provider.
Details of services, such as post opening and despatch, reprographics and switchboard etc., which are traditionally regarded as business rather than building- related services, (and the cost of furniture and security for the former ES) have been excluded from both tables as we are unable to present the information in the same format.
|Region||Total (£)||Total business square metre (BSM)||Average charge £ per BSM|
|AD1 East London and Anglia||15,330,376.48||68,774.93||222.91|
|AD3 London South||40,736,959.46||157,615.80||258.46|
|AD4 West Country||15,998,514.95||97,521.38||164.05|
|AD6 West Midlands||20,321,903.99||96,948.44||209.62|
|AD8 North West Coast||40,967,353.38||227,128.26||180.37|
|AD9 Greater Manchester||16,979,155.53||102,333.26||165.92|
|AD11 Tyne Tees||10,942,784.64||57,915.70||188.94|
|AD12 West of Scotland||17,507,560.03||70,120.37||249.68|
|AD13 East of Scotland||18,785,521.46||82,764.49||226.98|
|Region||Total running costs (£)||Total business square metre (BSM)||Average charge £ per BSM|
|Head Office (Sheffield)||6,334,095||2,9055.10||218.00|
|Yorkshire and Humber||9,944,152||74,326.63||133.79|
|London and South East||55,911,412||263,813.39||211.94|
All charges are exact for the last financial year. The total business square metres is based on the properties that were occupied as at March 2001.
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