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Traffic Wardens

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to change arrangements for employment of traffic wardens in Northern Ireland. [214507]

Mr. Pearson: The primary duty of traffic wardens is the enforcement of parking and waiting restrictions.

When decriminalised parking enforcement is introduced by the Department for Regional Development in mid-2006, the enforcement of parking and waiting restrictions will become the responsibility of that Department and be undertaken by traffic attendants employed by a specialist parking contractor for that purpose. Other functions currently undertaken by traffic wardens, not related to parking enforcement, will remain the responsibility of the PSNI.

Trauma Counsellors

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many specialist trauma counsellors are working in the Province. [215371]

Angela Smith: I refer the hon. Lady to the answer I gave yesterday to question reference 212184.
 
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WORK AND PENSIONS

Benefit Claims (Processing)

Mr. Flight: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average time taken to process a claim for attendance allowance was in each year since 1975; [215248]

(2) what the average time taken to process a claim for disability living allowance was in each year since 1975. [215249]

Maria Eagle: The administration of attendance allowance is a matter for the Chief Executive of the
 
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Disability and Carers Service, Mr. Terry Moran. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Terry Moran to Mr. Howard Flight, dated 10 February 2005:


Disability living allowance
Attendance allowance
TargetAchievementTargetAchievement
Days
2004–053936.62418.7
2003–044239.72620.8
2002–0343422724.2
Percentage
2001–0295% in 73 days91.395% in 63 days94.93
2000–0195% in 73 days88.795% in 63 days92.1
1999–200085% in 53 days79.0385% in 53 days87.47




Notes:
1.Disability living allowance was created in 1982.
2.Actual average clearance times are used from 2001–02 to report target achievement so comparisons to earlier periods are not possible.
3.The earliest data available is 1990–2000.
Source:
DCS Finance and Performance Management Team




Mr. Flight: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken to process a claim for pension credit was in each year for which figures are available. [215253]

Malcolm Wicks: The average actual clearance time for pension credit applications between October 2003, when pension credit was introduced, and March 2004 was 12.3 days. The average actual clearance time between April and December 2004 was 10.3 days.

Benefit Payments (Wales)

Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed sickness-related benefit in each constituency in Wales in the latest period for which figures are available. [213539]

Maria Eagle: The information is in the table.
All incapacity benefit (IB) and severe disability allowance (SDA) claimants in each parliamentary constituency in Wales at 31 August 2004

AllIBSDA
Aberavon7,0006,400600
Alyn and Deeside3,5003,100*300
Blaenau Gwent7,9007,300700
Brecon and Radnorshire3,4002,900*500
Bridgend5,0004,300700
Caernarfon2,9002,400500
Caerphilly8,5007,700800
Cardiff Central3,6003,200*400
Cardiff North3,1002,800*300
Cardiff South and Penarth6,4005,700600
Cardiff West5,5004,900600
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr4,7004,200500
Carmarthen West and
South Pembrokeshire
4,0003,500500
Ceredigion4,4004,000*400
Clwyd South4,7004,100600
Clwyd West4,0003,600*300
Conwy3,9003,500*500
Cynon Valley6,9006,300600
Delyn3,7003,300*400
Gower5,0004,500600
Islwyn5,5005,200*300
Llanelli6,7006,300*400
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy1,6001,400*200
Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney9,5008,800700
Monmouth3,4003,000*400
Montgomeryshire2,6002,200*300
Neath6,4005,900500
Newport East4,7004,200500
Newport West4,8004,400*400
Ogmore7,4006,600800
Pontypridd6,3005,800500
Preseli Pembrokeshire4,2003,800500
Rhondda9,0008,400600
Swansea East6,4005,700700
Swansea West5,7005,100600
Torfaen6,8006,200600
Vale of Clwyd4,9004,100800
Vale of Glamorgan5,0004,600*400
Wrexham3,8003,400*400
Ynys Mon4,2003,800*400




Notes:
1.Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
2.Incapacity benefit figures include credits-only cases.
3.Figures marked *" are based on very few sample cases and therefore subject to a high degree of sampling error and should be used as a guide to the current situation only.
Source: IAD Information Centre, 5 per cent. sample.





 
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Carer's Allowance

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been declared ineligible for a carer's allowance in each of the last five years because they have a state pension. [211311]

Maria Eagle: The available information is in the table.

Carer's allowance is payable to carers of state pension age who meet the condition of entitlement to the allowance and do not receive a state pension, or where the weekly rate of state pension paid is lower than the weekly rate of carer's allowance. In those cases a reduced rate of carer's allowance is paid to bring the total amount of state pension and carers allowance paid up to the carer's allowance weekly rate.

These arrangements are in line with the basic principle of the social security system that only one benefit at a time can be paid for the same purpose. Carer's allowance and state pension cannot be paid at the same time because both of them are non-income-related benefits designed to provide a degree of replacement for lost or foregone income.

In cases where these arrangements preclude the payment of carer's allowance, the carer's entitlement to the allowance gives them access to the carer premium, currently £25.55 per week, in the income related benefits such as income support, housing benefit and council tax benefit and to the similar amount in pension credit.

Carer's allowance: total number of cases in each year from 2001 to 2004 in which carer's allowance was not in payment because a state pension was in payment.
Number of cases in which carer's allowance is not in payment because a state pension was in payment1, 2
200119,690
2002(34)34,770
2003107,920
2004197,305


(32)Figures for each year include people who claimed carer's allowance in that year but for whom the allowance could not be paid because they received state pension; people who had claimed in a previous year for whom the allowance could not be paid because they received state pension; and people who were receiving carer's allowance in that year or a previous year but ceased to receive CA when they began to receive a state pension.
(33)Figures for the number of cases are point in time only as at 31 August 2004, 31 August 2003, 30 September 2002 and 30 September 2001.
(34)From October 2002, the upper age limit was increased to allow carers age 65 and over to claim for the first time.
Note:
Figures are rounded to the nearest 5.
Source:
IAD Information Centre, 100 per cent. sample





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