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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the official residences for which his Department is responsible; who occupies each one; what the annual cost is of running each property; what contribution the current occupants make towards the running costs of each; what the total capital and refurbishment expenditure has been on
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those properties in each of the past five years; how much money was spent in each property on (a) flowers and plants, (b) wine and entertaining, (c) food, (d) telephone bills and (e) electricity and gas in 200304; how many (i) domestic and (ii) maintenance staff are employed at each property, broken down by post; and what the total cost of staff employment at each was in 200304. 
Mr. Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of the Pathways to Work projects in the year to March; and what the estimated cost will be in each of the subsequent four years. 
|Estimated costs (£)|
The current average amount budgeted for individual incapacity benefit customers who enter the Pathways to Work Condition Management Programme is £1,500. Information concerning the average actual spend per client is not available.
Mr. Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) voluntary and (b) private sector providers are contracted to provide services which aim to get and keep disabled people into work in (i) the areas in which the Pathways to Work programme is operating and (ii) the next set of areas into which the Pathways to Work programme will be rolled out, broken down by area. 
|Number of voluntary sector providers||Number of private sector providers|
|Bridgend and Rhondda Cynon Taff||3||5|
|Gateshead and South Tyneside||4||2|
|Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, Argyll and Bute||(40)6||4|
There are also four Workstep national providers, classed as voluntary and charity run, and 52 New Deal for Disabled People providers whose service across the country includes the Pathways to Work pilot areas.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons pension allowances due to be paid on bank holidays over the Christmas period were not paid before Christmas; and what steps he will take to ensure that payment of allowances is not delayed during the next holiday period. 
Mr. Pond: The vast majority of customers who were due to be paid on bank holidays over the Christmas and new year period received payments in advance as planned. An IT failure resulted in some of the customers who were due payment on 3 January not receiving the advance payment that we had planned for 31 December. These customers were paid on 5 January. We have worked with our IT partners to improve the payment system. We are thoroughly testing the proposed solution to ensure payments are advanced appropriately for forthcoming holiday periods.
Malcolm Wicks: Information on numbers of households and individuals in receipt of pension credit in each constituency at 31 December 2004 is contained in the most recent quarterly pension credit progress report, which was published on 3 February. A copy of the report is in the Library.
Malcolm Wicks: Information on numbers of households and individuals in receipt of pension credit in each constituency at 31 December 2004, with the average award, is contained in the most recent quarterly pension credit progress report published on 3 February. A copy of the report is in the Library.
Mr. Ronnie Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Blyth Valley were receiving (a) pension credit and (b) winter fuel payments on the latest date for which figures are available. 
Malcolm Wicks: Information on numbers of households and individuals in receipt of pension credit in each constituency at 31 December 2004 is contained in the most recent quarterly pension credit progress report, which was published on 3 February. A copy of the report is in the Library. Information on the number of people who received winter fuel payments for winter 200304 in Blyth Valley is also available in the Library.
Malcolm Wicks: The Government want all pensioners to have a decent and secure income in retirement and to share fairly in the rising prosperity of the country. We are always thinking about how financial support to pensioners could be improved.
We need to provide a balance between providing a solid foundation of support, while targeting help to those who need it mostthe poorest pensioners. Pension credit is an integral part of that strategy. Our priority now is to work towards at least 3 million households receiving pension credit by 2006.
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Malcolm Wicks: Poverty is about more than low income; it also impacts on the way people livetheir health, housing and the quality of their environment. The sixth annual Opportunity for all" report (Cm 6239), published in September 2004, sets out the Government's strategy for tackling poverty and social exclusion and presents information on the indicators used to measure progress against this strategy.
The following table sets out available information on the percentage and number of pensioners living in households with income less than 60 per cent. of median (before and after housing costs). As the IPS has noted, pensioners
|Before housing costs||After housing costs|
|Number (million)||Percentage||Number (million)||Percentage|
|Based on the Family Expenditure Survey (FES)|
|Based on the Family Resources Survey (FRS)|
Family Expenditure Survey (FES) figures are for the United Kingdom, Family Resources Survey (FRS) figures are for Great Britain. The reference period for FRS figures is single financial years. FES figures are single calendar years from 197987, two combined calendar years from 199889 to 199293 and two financial years combined from 199394 to 199596. Because of differences between the two surveys results are not strictly comparable.
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