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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Mr. James Plaskitt): The Secretary of State's annual report on the social fund for 200405 (Cm 6595) was published today and has been laid before Parliament.
The report records that total gross expenditure in 200405, excluding winter fuel payments, was £867 million. This included more than 261,000 non-repayable grants and around 2.2 million interest free loans together worth almost £700 million, and funeral and cold weather payments totalling more than £48 million. In addition around 236,000 Sure Start maternity grants worth over £119 million were made, and over 8.2 million households benefited from a winter fuel payment at a cost of around £1.95 billion.
|Gross Marginthe Company will achieve Gross Margin of £60.5m||£60.5m||£61.0m|
|Progressions from Remploy Factories and Interwork to open employment||1,400||1,683|
|Average cost of supported employee||£10,500||£12,075|
|Employee Development Time||5%||7.7%|
Remploy will publish its annual report and accounts in the autumn giving further detail of its peformance throughout 200405. Copies of the annual report and accounts will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
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In addition, on behalf of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, I have written to the Chairman of Remploy informing him that I am disappointed at the increasing unit cost and approving the 200506 Performance and Resources Agreement between the Department and the Company. The Performance and Resources Agreement includes targets for the coming year. The Agreement has been negotiated by the chief executive of Jobcentre Plus on behalf of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. The Targets for 200506 are:
The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Mr. David Blunkett): I am pleased to announce that the Department for Work and Pensions has today published the 200405 annual reports and accounts for five of its executive agencies: The Pension Service (HC342), Child Support Agency (HC256), Disability and Carers Service (HC181), The Rent Service (HC220) and Appeals Service (HC235). Copies have been placed in the Library. The annual report and accounts of Jobcentre Plus will be published after the summer recess.