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Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the earliest date is by which the Government expect to have achieved an employment rate equivalent to 80 per cent. of the working age population in work. 
This long-term aspiration is very challenging. It will require continued macroeconomic stability and further radical welfare reform to build on the success of achieving the highest employment rate of all the G8 major industrialised countries and one of the highest employment rates in our history.
Our five-year strategy, 'Opportunity and Security throughout life' outlines how we aim to meet this challenge. With unemployment at low levels helping inactive people into work is crucial to achieving our aspiration. We must:
It will take time to achieve this. Key elements to the strategy will be the reform of incapacity benefit and the equalisation of state pension age from 2010. The principle behind the strategy is to help people to move back into work while still delivering financial security for those who need it.
John Thurso: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on cold-calling by Pension Service staff of pensioners; how many such calls the Pension Service has made in each of the last 24 months, broken down by region; whether the calls are made by Pension Service employees; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the script used by callers. 
The Department does not "cold call" pensioners. Telephone calls are in certain circumstances made to pensioners who may be eligible for pension
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credit to ask if they wish to apply. In all such cases the recipient would already have received at least one letter about pension credit, including one informing them that such a call might be made. The Department has also sent letters to customers to inform them of the change to Direct Payment, a safer and more secure method of paying benefits and pensions. These letters advise customers that we will try to call them if we do not hear from them.
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average weekly income of single (a) female and (b) male pensioners was in the latest period for which figures are available. 
|Single female pensioners||Single male pensioners|
|Net income BHC||172||190|
|Net income AHC||147||165|
Linda Gilroy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in (a) Plymouth, Sutton, (b) Plymouth, Devonport and (c) South West Devon received pension credit in the latest month 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.
The Department does not keep a central record of the number of lost application forms. However, between April 2004 and February 2005 the
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pension credit application line was contacted in 714 cases by customers who had not received their forms. Appropriate action is taken as soon as possible when the application line is informed that a customer has not received his or her form.
The majority of the Department's statistics are released quarterly on the internet and summarised in the DWP Statistical Summary. They are scheduled to be issued on the following dates in the coming year:
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The Department's statisticians have recently completed a consultation about improvements to the data sources and coverage of benefit statistics. The outcome of the consultation has been placed in the Library and is available on the Department's website at http//www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/stats_consultation/DWP_Response_to_External_ Consultation.pdf. Further details, including the effect on the publication schedule, will be released in the summer.
|Publication||Period covered||Release date|
|Fraud and Error in Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance and Pension Credit (detailed report)||April 2003 to March 2004||24 March 2005|
|Neighbourhood Statistics||August 2004||March 2005|
|Households Below Average Income||199495 to 200304||30 March 2005|
|Pensioners' Incomes||199495 to 200304||6 April 2005|
|Family Resources Survey||200304||6 April 2005|
|Fraud and Error in Housing Benefit (detailed report)||April 2002 to March 2004||26 May 2005|
|Tax/Benefit Model||April 2005||June 2005|
|National Insurance Contributions and Qualifying Years||197879 to 200203||June 2005|
|Fraud and Error in Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance and Pension Credit (headline report)||October 2003 to September 2004||July 2005|
|Fraud and Error in Housing Benefit (headline report)||April 2002 to September 2004||21 July 2005|
|Local Area Labour Force Survey||March 2004 to February 2005||August 2005|
|Low Income Dynamics||19912003||August 2005 (provisional)|
|National Insurance Number allocations to overseas Nationals entering the UK (previously Migrant Workers Statistics)||200304||September 2005 (provisional)|
|Work and Pensions Statistics||2005||October 2005|
|Fraud and Error in Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance and Pension Credit (headline report)||April 2004 to March 2005||November 2005|
|Fraud and Error in Housing Benefit (headline report)||April 2002 to March 2005||November 2005|
|Second Tier Pension Provision||200304||December 2005 (provisional)|
|Take-up of Income-related Benefits||200304||December 2005 (provisional)|
|Households Below Average Income||199495 to 200405||March 2006|
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Tamworth have received (a) full and (b) partial grants from the Access to Work programme in each year since its introduction. 
Maria Eagle: Access to Work grants are not broken down into full or partial grants. The Access to Work programme assesses the needs of individuals and, within Access to Work guidelines, offers a grant required by the applicant to help them overcome the particular barriers they face in their workplace.
|April 1999 to March 2000||960|
|April 2000 to March 2001||1,590|
|April 2001 to March 2002||1,540|
|April 2002 to March 2003||1,310|
|April 2003 to March 2004||1,270|
Information on the number of pensioners in Tamworth who received a winter fuel payment in winter 200304 is in the Library. Information on winter 200405 is not yet available but we expect the number to be similar.
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