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Council Tax Benefit

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of pensioners in England were in receipt of council tax benefit in (a) 1997 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available. [202287]


 
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Mr. Pond: The information is in the table.
Council tax benefit (CTB) beneficiaries aged 60 and over in England

May 1997May 2003
CTB beneficiaries aged 60+2,714,0002,337,000
CTB beneficiaries aged 60+ as
percentage of relevant population
27.022.5




Notes:
1. Caseload figures are based on a 1 per cent. sample and subject to a degree of sampling variation.
2. Percentages are rounded to one decimal place and caseloads to the nearest thousand.
3. Council tax benefit totals exclude any second adult rebate cases.
4. "Beneficiaries" are all claimants and partners aged 60 or over.
Source:
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System, Annual 1 per cent. samples, taken in May 1997 and 2003, and Office for National Statistics mid-year population estimates 1997 and 2003.




Disability Income Guarantee

Mr. Lyons: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Strathkelvin and Bearsden receive the disability income guarantee. [202541]

Maria Eagle: The disability income guarantee is paid by means of enhanced disability premiums through income support, jobseeker's allowance (income based), housing benefit and council tax benefit.

Housing benefit and council tax benefit information is not available below Government Office Region level.

As at May 2004, there were 300 income support and jobseeker's allowance (income based) claimants with an enhanced disability premium in Strathkelvin and Bearsden parliamentary constituency.

New Deal

Mr. Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) Scottish people aged 16 to 24, (b) Scottish people aged 25 or over and (c) Scottish people have entered a period of employment through the New Deal for longer than 13 weeks in each of the last four years; and what each figure is as a percentage of all individuals leaving the New Deal. [202059]

Jane Kennedy [holding answer 6 December 2004]: A measure of sustainability is not available for New Deal for Lone Parents and New Deal 50 plus. For these New Deals, information has been provided for numbers entering employment.

The available information is in the tables.
 
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New Deal for Young People and New Deal 25 plus in Scotland up the June 2004

New Deal for Young People
New Deal 25 plus
Of which, to unsubsidised
sustained employment
Of which, to unsubsidised
sustained employment
Period
(July to June)
Total number
of leavers
NumberAs percentage
of all leavers
Total number
of leavers
NumberAs percentage
of all leavers
2000–0121,7508,29038.113,2001,75013.2
2001–0219,8407,53038.013,1903,00022.7
2002–0320,3807,44036.513,6203,15023.1
2003–0421,3908,36039.112,7903,34026.1




1. For the purposes of New Deal for Young People (18 to 24) and New Deal 25 plus, a job is regarded as sustained if no new claim is made for jobseeker's allowance within 13 weeks of leaving New Deal.
2. Information is for total leavers and total jobs and may include people who have left New Deal more than once and gained more than one job through New Deal.
3. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
4. Percentages are calculated on unrounded figures.
Source:
DWP Information and Analysis Directorate





New Deal for Lone Parents in Scotland up to June 2004

Of which, to employment
Period
(July to June)
Total number of leaversNumberAs percentage of all leavers
2000–0195,84050,06052.2
2001–02101,20055,83055.2
2002–03111,48060,19054.0
2003–04139,45070,12050.3




Notes:
1. Information is for total leavers and total jobs and may include people who have left the programme more than once and gained more than one job through the programme.
2. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
3. Percentages are calculated from unrounded figures.
Source:
DWP Information and Analysis Directorate





New Deal 50 plus in Scotland to June 2004

PeriodJobs
July 2000 to June 20014,280
July 2001 to June 20024,070
July 2002 to March 20032,850
April 2003 to June 20031,090
July 2003 to June 20043,290




Notes:
1. Information to March 2003 refers to number of individuals who have started work through the New Deal 50 plus Employment Credit.
2. Information from April 2003 refers to total Jobcentre Plus recorded job entries through New Deal 50 plus and could include people who have left the programme more than once and started more than one job through the programme.
Sources:
DWP Information and Analysis Directorate
Jobcentre Plus Management Information Portal





New Deal for Disabled People in Scotland to March 2004

Of which, sustained
PeriodJobsNumberAs percentage of all jobs
July 2001 to June 200222016070.0
July 2002 to June 20031,43084058.8
July 2003 to March 20041,48088059.3




Notes:
1. Data is from July 2001 when New Deal for Disabled People (NDDP) was launched nationally.
2. Data is to March 2004 as 13 weeks has to be allowed for jobs to become sustained.
3. For the purposes of New Deal for Disabled People, a job is regarded as sustained when a person, placed into work through a Job Broker, remains in work for 13 out of 39 weeks. Prior to October 2003, an NDDP job was regarded as sustained when a person, placed into work through a Job Broker, remained in work for 26 out of 39 weeks.
4. Information related to jobs gained through NDDP Job Brokers.
5. All figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
6. Percentages are calculated from unrounded figures.
Source:
DWP Information and Analysis Directorate





 
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Nuclear Industry Inspectorate

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Chief Inspector of the Health and Safety Executive with regard to the Nuclear Industry Inspectorate's ability to provide nuclear safety assurances during the dispute with Prospect. [203037]

Jane Kennedy: In my previous answer of 18 October 2004, Official Report, column 477W, I said I had asked the Chief Inspector to keep me informed if he believed that NII's ability to provide the nuclear safety assurance we all require was being put at risk. He does not believe this to be the case at present, but continues to keep the position under review.

Pension Credit

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the reasons were for changing the publication schedule of pension credit uptake levels from monthly to quarterly; and if he will make a statement. [199506]

Malcolm Wicks: Pension credit reporting arrangements were originally designed for a new policy bedding in during its first year. Information on numbers of pension credit recipients will now be reported on a quarterly basis, in line with reporting practices for other Departmental benefits.

Pensioners

Brian Cotter: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action he is taking to improve the take-up of benefits available to older people to prevent winter deaths caused by fuel poverty. [199767]


 
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Malcolm Wicks: Winter fuel payments are one of several measures in place to help alleviate fuel poverty. The majority of payments are made automatically without the need to claim. People who have not previously received a payment and who do not receive a Social Security benefit other than child benefit, housing benefit or council tax benefit must claim. Every effort is made to try and contact those who are newly eligible. For those people who do need to make a claim an extensive publicity campaign is carried out. This begins three months before the qualifying week in September and continues to the end of March. The campaign includes advertisements in national and local press, a leaflet and poster made available in a variety of venues, a dedicated winter fuel payment helpline and information on the internet.

Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library the report setting out the basis of his estimates of the range of pension savings required to avoid dependence on means-tested benefits throughout retirement. [200154]

Malcolm Wicks: It is not possible to produce meaningful estimates. The required savings levels are entirely dependent on the assumptions made about the particular circumstances of the individual concerned, and will vary substantially with those assumptions. It would therefore be misleading to publish estimates which could only reflect a limited range of examples.

Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners living in the London borough of Wandsworth have an annual income of less than £6,000 per year; and if he will make a statement. [200310]

Malcolm Wicks: The information requested is not available.


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