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Dawn Primarolo: The Government do not allocate a fixed budget for carer's allowance. Expenditure on carer's allowance is driven by the number of eligible claimants. Expenditure on carer's allowance in Scotland in 200405 was £106.7 million. Expenditure for the United Kingdom in the same period was £1,186.5 million. Depending on their individual circumstances, carers may also be entitled to other social security benefits or tax credits.
In England the carers grant was introduced in 1999 and since then has provided an extra £450 million over the past five years, to increase the number of breaks for carers. In 200405 the grant was £125 million. The grant is worth £185 million in 200506 and will continue at this level until 200708 at least. This is an area of devolved policy and therefore the budget for carers in Scotland is a matter for the Scottish Executive.
Below is a table showing those aged 18 on the 30 June for mid-2000 to mid-2010, for England and Wales. Population estimates are provided for mid-2000 to mid-2003. As mid-2003 population estimates are the latest available, mid-2003 based population projections are shown for mid-2004 to mid-2010. (Population estimates for mid-2004 will be published on 25 August 2005.)
These data represent all persons who reached (will reach) the age of eighteen within the year (mid-year to mid-year) and who are usually resident in England and Wales at 30 June. They exclude any persons who died or left England and Wales after reaching the age of 18 and before 30 June, and include those resident in England and Wales at 30 June who reached the age of 18 elsewhere.
The attached table gives, for the available age groups closest to those specified, the numbers of men who were not in employment and resident in England and Wales. The data are for the three-month period ending May 2005.
|Not in employment(87)|
ending May 2005
|60 to 64||611||564||46|
|65 to 69||931||872||59|
|70 and over||2,318||2,177||141|
Mr. Denis Murphy: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children in the Wansbeck constituency are eligible to receive the child trust fund; and how many applications have been made from the Wansbeck constituency. 
|Total bonuses paid (£)||Number of SCS staff receiving bonuses||Total number of SCS staff|
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the climate change levy on (a) new tyre manufacturers and (b) manufacturers of retreaded tyres; 
(2) what assessment he has made of the effects of the climate change levy on companies increasing expenditure to increase energy efficiency putting themselves below the 3 per cent. energy usage against manufacturing costs criteria required for the 80 per cent. climate change levy reduction; 
(4) how many (a) applicants in total and (b) tyre manufacturers have been unsuccessful in applying for a reduction in the climate change levy in each year since its introduction. 
John Healey: Climate change levy is assessed on UK industry as a whole and it is not feasible to make an assessment of its impact on every business sector or individual company. The CCL was introduced with offsetting tax cuts for business which included a 0.3 percentage point reduction in employers' national insurance contributions introduced at the same time as the levy in April 2001, support for energy efficiency through enhanced capital allowances and the setting up of the Carbon Trust.
The Government published an independent evaluation by Cambridge Econometrics of the climate change levy at Budget 2005 (available from the House of Commons Library or the HMRC website.www.hmrc.gov.uk). This showed that climate change levy is expected to deliver significant annual carbon dioxide savings of over 3.5 million tonnes of carbon in 2010.
Businesses in sectors that sign climate change agreements committing them to meet energy efficiency targets receive an 80 per cent. reduction in the levy. Eligibility is currently dependent on a sector being covered by the Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations, although in Budget 2004 the Government announced plans to extend eligibility, subject to state aid approval to their proposals. Under the existing arrangements, climate change agreements were drawn up with relevant trade bodies before the levy was introduced in 2001. Six manufacturers have signed the New Rubber Tyre Manufacturing Sector's umbrella agreement and therefore receive the 80 per cent. discount. However, there has been no other formal application process under the current eligibility criteria, and therefore no details of successful or unsuccessful applicants in any sectors.
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