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Our reforms of the benefit will build on this success by introducing the strong rights and appropriate responsibilities sorely lacking in the present system where long-term inactivity was actively created to cover for a failing economy.
Our benefit reform will continue the success of our ground-breaking Pathways to Work pilots that have already resulted in nearly 20,000 job starts. We are going to look at what works and introduce a national system that will, for the first time, help to fulfil the aspirations of the nearly 9 in 10 people coming onto incapacity benefit who want to work again.
Margaret Hodge: Helping people on incapacity benefits back to work requires the concerted effort of all sectors working in partnership. The success of our ground breaking Pathways to Work pilots has shown what can be achieved with this approach. We will be using the lessons and best practices learnt in these pilots in the development of our welfare reform policy.
Mr. Plaskitt: The information the hon. Member is requesting is not held for all of the last eight years. However, since April 2002, 706 cases of maladministration have been found by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration and 1,334 by the Independent Case Examiner.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the change in the annual maintenance payments of the Child Support Agency which would result from full compliance of all assessed claims in Scotland; 
(3) what estimate he has made of the (a) annual running costs of the Child Support Agency in Scotland and (b) annual savings in benefits in Scotland as a consequence of Child Support Agency maintenance payments for each year since 1996; 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many non-resident parents there are with outstanding Child Support Agency cases where the main source of income comes from self-employment; in how many of these cases money has been received since 1997; and what the average amount is of maintenance paid by (a) non-resident parents overall and (b) non-resident parents who are self-employed. 
You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many non-resident parents there are with outstanding Child Support Agency cases where the main source of income comes from self-employment; in how many of these cases money has been received since 1997; and what the average amount is of maintenance paid by (a) non-resident parents overall and (b)non-resident parents who are self-employed.
Information relating to outstanding Child Support applications cannot be broken down by employment status. This is because cases may not have reached the point in the information gathering process where the employment status details are obtained. Where such applications are outstanding, no maintenance will have been received.
Over the quarter ending August 2005, across all schemes, the average amount of maintenance received per case in which maintenance was due (via the collection service) was 328. The average amount of maintenance paid per case in which the non-resident parent was self-employed was 449.
1.Quarterly figures are provided because this is consistent with the Agency's compliance measurement. It also takes account of the variations in NRP payment patterns which make it difficult to produce an accurate average over a shorter time frame
2.This excludes cases for which no maintenance was due via the collection service (e.g. cases with a nil liability and maintenance direct).
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3.The figures quoted relate to the average amount of maintenance received per case, as opposed to the value of the average calculation. A non-resident parent can pay maintenance in respect of more than one case. 4.The figures for the self-employed presented reflect the status of the non-resident parent currently held on the system as of the last intervention by the Agency. This will not necessarily reflect the current status of the non-resident parent if the Agency has not been informed of (or not yet actioned) a change of circumstances. 5.Figures are rounded to the nearest pound.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the ratio between the annual costs of the Child Support Agency and the annual maintenance paid through the Agency has been in each quarter since 199596; and if he will make a statement. 
You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the ratio between the annual costs of the Child Support Agency and the annual maintenance paid through the Agency has been in each quarter since 199596; and if he will make a statement.
The figures in the table below are given on an annual basis, as reported in the Annual Report and Accounts. The information is not held on a quarterly basis. The table shows the ratio of net administration costs to maintenance paid. The net administration costs cover all activities, including both the assessment and collection of maintenance.
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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's (a) target and (b) latest performance is for the time taken to process new Child Support Agency maintenance claims. 
The Child Support Agency currently has not set a target time for processing applications. This is because the Agency currently has a backlog of work and is endeavouring to clear this as quickly as the necessary information becomes available.
Of those applications that had been cleared, 25 per cent. took 6weeks or less; 22 per cent. took between 6 weeks and 3 months; 22 per cent. between 3 and 6 months; 18 per cent. between 6months and a year; and 14 per cent. took a year or more. These figures exclude 80,000 applications that came through the Jobcentre Plus interface and have been cleared, but for which insufficient management information exists to enable age at clearance to be determined.
1 An application is defined as cleared if the case is closed, a maintenance calculation has been carried out and a payment arrangement between the parent with care (PWC) and the non-resident parent is in place, the PWC is identified as claiming Good Cause or subject to a Reduced Benefit Decision or the application is identified as being a change of circumstances on an existing case as opposed to a new application.
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