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Housing Benefit Bill

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to introduce the Housing Benefit Bill; why it has been delayed; whether it is his policy to include a pilot scheme for the social rented sector and housing benefit sanctions for anti-social neighbours; and if he will make a statement. [31196]

Mr. Plaskitt: In the Queen's speech we made a commitment to legislate on reform of support for housing costs during this Parliamentary session and that remains the position.

We would want to discuss any proposals to reform housing benefit in the social rented sector in more detail with interested organisations as we determine our priorities for wider welfare reform.

We are continuing to keep all measures for tacking antisocial behaviour under review. Sanctions could be one of a number of measures that would help to address the misery caused by antisocial behaviour.

Human Resources

Mr. Maples: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who the Director of Human resources is in his Department; what relevant specialist qualifications he or she holds; and what are the details of his or her career to date. [26331]

Mrs. McGuire: The Group Human Resources Director General for the Department for Work and Pensions is Kevin White. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has been working in Human Resources for 12 years. His contact details, responsibilities and key staff are published in the Civil Service Yearbook—the official online directory for all Government Departments. His biography, including information about his present job, career history and education are reproduced in The Whitehall Companion.

Incapacity Benefit

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people living in (a) Wakefield
 
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and (b) Hemsworth constituency (i) left and (ii) joined the register of persons in receipt of incapacity benefit in the last 10 years. [34668]

Mrs. McGuire: The information is in the tables.
Incapacity benefit (IB) and severe disablement allowance (SDA) commencements in the Wakefield metropolitan district council area and the Hemsworth parliamentary constituency in each year since 1996

Year ending 31 May:Great BritainWakefieldHemsworth
19961,019,9008,3002,400
1997998,7008,7002,400
1998905,0008,6002,900
1999837,3006,8002,500
2000801,1007,2002,300
2001788,7006,4001,800
2002731,1006,4002,400
2003722,4006,2001,800
2004695,3005,7001,800
2005624,4005,8002,000

Incapacity benefit (IB) and severe disablement allowance (SDA) terminations in the Wakefield metropolitan district council area and the Hemsworth parliamentary constituency in each year since 1996

Year ending 31 May:Great BritainWakefieldHemsworth
19961,060,5008,9002,900
1997987,0009,0003,200
1998955,6008,8002,800
1999866,2007,2002,700
2000837,9008,0002,600
2001725,8005,8001,800
2002720,2006,4002,200
2003698,2006,0001,900
2004717,4006,4001,900
2005665,1006,4002,300




Notes:
1.Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
2.These figures have been updated to include late notified commencements/terminations.
3.All figures back to 1995 have been revised, and may be subject to further change:
a.Figures prior to 2005 are subject to minor changes.
b.Figures for 2004 include fewer late notifications than previous quarters and will be subject to greater change in future.
c.Figures for the latest quarter do not include any late notifications and are subject to major changes in future quarters.
Source:
DWP Information Directorate, 5 per cent. Samples.




 
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Ed Balls: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people living in the Normanton constituency claimed incapacity benefit in each year since 1997, [37851]

(2) what proportion of the working age population in the Normanton constituency claimed incapacity benefit in each year since 1997. [37852]

Mrs. McGuire: The information necessary to determine the proportion of the working age population claiming incapacity benefit or severe disability allowance is not available, because population estimates are not available for parliamentary constituencies.

The available information is in the table.
Incapacity benefit and severe disability allowance claimants in the Normanton parliamentary constituency: May 1997 to 2005

Number of claimants
May 19973,900
May 19983,700
May 19993,800
May 20003,900
May 20014,000
May 20024,000
May 20033,900
May 20044,000
May 20053,800




Notes:
1.Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.
2.'Claimant' figures include all IB/SDA claimants (including IB credits only cases).
3.May 1997, 1998 and 1999 have been adjusted by applying detail from 5 per cent. data to 100 per cent. totals.
Source:
DWP Information Directorate, Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. data. Information Directorate, 5 per cent. sample May 1997, 1998, 1999.



Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of people of working age are in receipt of incapacity benefit within each (a) local authority area and (b) parliamentary constituency. [38131]

Mrs. McGuire: The information is not available in the format requested, because population estimates are not available by parliamentary constituency. The available information has been placed in the Library.

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the types of mental health problems experienced by incapacity benefit claimants who have been claiming for (a) less than a year and (b) more than a year. [38250]

Mrs. McGuire: The information requested is in the table.
Types of mental or behavioural disorders experienced by incapacity benefit claimants who were claiming at 30 June 2005

Mental or behavioural disorder typeClaiming for greater than
one year
Claiming for
a year or less
Total
Depressive episode377,25088,540465,790
Other anxiety disorders91,58019,930111,510
Other neurotic disorders71,5107,30078,810
Reaction to severe stress35,38016,76052,140
Drug abuse33,22013,20046,420
Alcoholism37,2008,55045,750
Schizophrenia36,1802,45038,640
Mental disorder not otherwise specified19,4203,96023,370
Unspecified nonorganic psychosis12,4201,59014,010
Specific development disorders of scholastic skills10,0701,98012,050
Phobic anxiety disorders7,5407908,340
Unspecified mental retardation6,4101406,550
Unspecified mood disorder4,1507404,890
M&B disorders associated with puerperium, not elsewhere classified3,0309103,940
Specific personality disorders2,3303702,700
Persistent delusional disorder1,8104102,220
Persistent mood disorder2,040502,090
Eating disorder1,1802801,470
Manic episode91080990
Pervasive development disorders600270870
Recurrent depressive disorder74090820
Unspecified dementia480100580
Dissociative disorders10020130
Somatoform disorders10010
Total755,570168,510924,070




Notes:
1.Data are to the end of August 2005.
2.Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
3.The statistics quoted in this response are taken from the Department's 100 per cent. Benefits Database.





 
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Adam Afriyie: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the proposed reforms of the incapacity benefit system will be in place by the end of 2008; what recent meetings he has had to discuss such reforms; when he will publish a Green Paper on these reforms; and if he will make a statement. [38539]

Margaret Hodge: We intend to publish our proposals for welfare reform, including reforming incapacity benefits, in a Green Paper in January. I have continued the process of engagement with stakeholder groups and others which has been an on-going feature of our consultation on welfare reform. As we have said before, we plan to have the main elements of the reforms in place by 2008.


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