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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people aged over 50 years claimed jobseeker's allowance (JSA) in (a) 200102, (b) 200203, (c) 200304 and (d) 200405, broken down by region; what percentage in each region (i)remained on JSA, (ii) found work, (iii) moved onto income support and (iv) moved onto incapacity benefit in each year; and if he will make a statement; 
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(2) how many people aged over 50 years who claimed jobseeker's allowance (JSA) were eligible for the new deal 50-plus in (a) 200102, (b) 200203, (c) 200304 and (d) 200405, broken down by region; what percentage in each region (i) remained on JSA, (ii) found work, (iii) moved onto income support and (iv) moved onto incapacity benefit in each year; and if he will make a statement. 
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged over 50 years participated in new deal 50 plus in (a) 200102, (b) 200203, (c) 200304 and (d) 200405, broken down by region; what percentage in each year (i)remained on jobseeker's allowance, (ii) found work, (iii) moved onto income support and (iv) moved onto incapacity benefit in each year; and if he will make a statement. 
Margaret Hodge: Information is only available on starts to new deal 50 plus from January 2004. Prior to January 2004, new deal 50 plus information is available for those going into work and claiming the new deal 50plus employment credit.
|Individual starts||of which, percentage who subsequently (to June 2005) moved|
|Jobcentre Plus region or country||between January 2004 and March 2005 claiming JSA at start date||Into work||Into work and moved onto IS and/or IB||Onto IS||Onto IB||Onto IS|
|Neither into work or onto IB or IS||Claiming JSA at end of June 2005|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||2,420||25||2||1||5||6||62||40|
|East of England||3,750||22||1||1||4||5||67||39|
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Workand Pensions what the current average time taken is for jobseeker's allowance claimants (a) to be called in for interview and (b) thereafter to receive their first benefit. 
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question concerning what the current average time taken is for jobseeker's allowance claimants to be called for interview and thereafter receive their first benefit. This is something which falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as chief executive of Jobcentre Plus.
To make a claim to jobseeker's allowance, the customer calls a contact centre where they answer a series of questions to assess their potential eligibility. Contact centre staff then arrange to call the customer back to complete a claim form, which is sent to the customer to check and sign. They also arrange a work focused interview at the customer's local Jobcentre Plus office.
Currently Jobcentre Plus measures the average time it takes to complete the whole process and collates statistics on the time it takes for the contact centre to call the customer back after initial contact.
Information about the average number of days a customer waits for a call-back across the entire contact centre network can be found in the table below. This data is only available from August and is recorded as actual days.
|Average number of days|
call-back wait time
|Actual average clearance|
|Year to date||13.7|
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of those on jobseeker's allowance returned to full-time work within (a) one month, (b) three months and (c) six months, in each month in the past five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Plaskitt: The information is not available in the format requested. Information is available for those that have been recorded as having found work. However, not all leavers who find work tell Jobcentre Plus and so are not recorded as such. The available information has been placed in the Library.
The Department for Work and Pensions Research Report No 244, Destination of benefit leavers 2004, showed that, nationally, 62 per cent. of claimants leaving income support, incapacity benefit or jobseeker's allowance entered employment of 16 hours or more a week. This compares to 61 per cent. in 2003. Copies of the reports are available in the Library.
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