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Mrs. McGuire: Access to Work provides practical advice and support aimed at overcoming work-related obstacles resulting from disability. It does this through a system of grants towards the cost of providing support. Types of help available include the additional costs in travelling to work; providing human intervention support in the workplace; adapting work premises, and providing special aids and equipment in the workplace. Access to Work is open to those who are employed as well as people moving out of unemployment and is a highly effective job retention measure.
A report published in June 2004 by the Disability Employment Coalition 'Access to Work for Disabled People', found that for every pound spent, the Exchequer recouped £1.48 in additional revenue. This report is available in the Library.
In an internal study published in September 2002, 'Evaluating the Impact of Access to Work: A Case Study Approach' report reference WAE 138, clear evidence was demonstrated that Access to Work helps people retain a specific job that they would otherwise have lost. This report is also available in the Library.
In the last five years we have invested around £300,000 a year in marketing and publicising our disability services and programmes. As Access to Work represents an integral part of this, separate information on Access to Work promotional costs is not available.
Promotional material is available for employers and disabled people in a wide range of media including leaflets, audiotapes and videos as well as on the Jobcentre Plus website. A new suite of leaflets about Access to Work has also recently been produced for promotion at conferences and exhibitions.
Our Disability Employment Advisers regularly meet local employers to promote the full range of disability services, including Access to Work, and information on Access to Work is also available to individuals and employers through our Access to Work Advisers. Many disability organisations actively promote Access to Work and some include information about Access to Work on their web pages, which we regularly quality assure.
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Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much money has been spent on publicising the Access to Work scheme in 200405; and what the budget for promoting the scheme in 200506 is. 
Mrs. McGuire: In 200405, we allocated around £300,000 for marketing and publicising our disability services and programmes, including access to work. The same amount has been allocated for 200506. Information is not yet available for costs incurred in promoting our disability services and programmes in 200405. Separate information on access to work promotional costs is not available.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimates he has made of the administrative cost of delivering (a) pension credit, (b) retirement pension and (c) child benefit for a period of one year, calculated on the same basis as that used by the Department to inform paragraph 13 of the Committee of Public Accounts Twelfth Report of Session 200203, Tackling Pension Poverty: Encouraging Take-up of Entitlements. 
Information is not currently available in the format requested. We expect information on administration costs to be available after our new suite of resource management systems is introduced in early 2006. Preliminary work will provide some data in the autumn of this year. In the meantime, the department's administration costs are set out by individual request for resources (RfR) in the departmental resource accounts, copies of which are placed in the Library.
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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the (a) administrative and (b) total costs in a year of (i) the winter fuel payment, (ii) free television licences for the over 75s, (iii) the pensioner Christmas bonus and (iv) the age-related pension top-up at age 80; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Timms: Information on administrative costs is not currently available in the format requested. We expect information on administration costs to be available after our new suite of Resource Management systems is introduced in late 2005 and early 2006. In the meantime, the Department's administrations costs are set out, by individual Request for Resources (RfR), in the Departmental Resource Account for 200304, a copy of which was placed in the Library.
|Cost (£ million)|
|Winter fuel payments||1,935|
|Non-contributory state pension||30|
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the annual cost tohis Department of administering the (a) state pension and (b) pension credit; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Timms: Information is not currently available in the format requested. We expect information on administration costs for state pension and pension credit to be available after our new suite of Resource Management systems is introduced in The Pension Service in early 2006. Preliminary work will provide some data in the autumn of this year. In the meantime, the department's administration costs are set out by individual Request for Resources (RfR) in the Departmental Resource Accounts, copies of which are placed in the Library.
Information regarding calls made to the National Benefit Fraud Hotline has only been available from April 2004. Between April 2004 and March 2005,
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278,513 calls were made. However, available information regarding the number of calls actually answered from 1997 is in the table.
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