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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.
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.
In reply to two of your recent Parliamentary Questions about the Disability and Carers Service, the Minister for Disabled People, Maria Eagle, on behalf of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, promised a substantive reply from the Chief Executive.
You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken to process a claim for disability living allowance and a claim for attendance allowance was in each year since 1975.
| Disability living allowance||Attendance allowance|
|200102||95% in 73 days||91.3||95% in 63 days||94.93|
|200001||95% in 73 days||88.7||95% in 63 days||92.1|
|19992000||85% in 53 days||79.03||85% in 53 days||87.47|
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.
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. 
|Alyn and Deeside||3,500||3,100||*300|
|Brecon and Radnorshire||3,400||2,900||*500|
|Cardiff South and Penarth||6,400||5,700||600|
|Carmarthen East and Dinefwr||4,700||4,200||500|
|Carmarthen West and|
|Meirionnydd Nant Conwy||1,600||1,400||*200|
|Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney||9,500||8,800||700|
|Vale of Clwyd||4,900||4,100||800|
|Vale of Glamorgan||5,000||4,600||*400|
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. 
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.
|Number of cases in which carer's allowance is not in payment because a state pension was in payment1, 2|
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