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Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of Welsh claimants of (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) income support and (c) incapacity benefit returned to work in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
The Department for Work and Pensions Research Report No. 244Destination of benefit leavers 2004showed 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. Copies of the report are available in the Library.
The payment of carers allowance is affected by the award of other social security benefits such as state pension, bereavement allowance and incapacity benefit, rather than simply reaching pension age. The reason why a carers allowance is not paid in full together with that other benefit is because they are both paid for income maintenance, and paying both benefits in full would duplicate provision for the same need. In
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practice the personal contributory benefit is paid in full and the carers allowance is adjusted against it. Where carers allowance is overlapped in full, the person maintains an underlying entitlement to the benefit which, in turn, gives them access to the carer premium in the income-related benefits, such as income support, housing benefit and council tax benefit, and to the carers additional amount in pension credit.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been non-compliant with their Child Support Agency assessment in each quarter since Q1 1996; and if he will make a statement. 
You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been non-compliant with their Child Support Agency assessment in each quarter since Q1 1996; and if he will make a statement.
It should be noted that, whilst the number of non-compliant cases has nearly doubled between February 1996 and August 2005, the Child Support Agency's caseload has also increased significantly over this period. Over the same period, the Agency's case compliance rate has increased from 58 to 70 per cent.
|Quarter ending||Number of non compliant cases|
Joan Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many health-related benefit claims by the working age population (a) were made in 200405 and (b) have been made in 200506 in (i) England, (ii)the West Midlands and (iii) Stoke-on-Trent. 
|West Midlands GOR||247,300||17,500||99,900||149,100|
|Stoke-on-Trent North parliamentary constituency||5,800||600||2,300||3,000|
|Stoke-on-Trent city council area||19,500||2,000||7,400||10,500|
Mrs. McGuire: Incapacity benefit is paid to those who are unable to work because of sickness or disability. For the benefit to remain in payment once the claimant was no longer incapable of to work would be the result of a fraud or an error.
The level of fraud and error in incapacity benefit was last measured in 2001 at which time it was estimated that the amount of fraud and error combined amounted to less than two percent of the total expenditure.
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the charge per minute is of telephoning the Jobcentre Plus contact centre from (a) a land line and (b) from each mobile phone network; and what the average call duration has been in the last 12 months. 
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question concerning what the charge per minute is of phoning the Jobcentre Plus contact centre from (a) a land line and (b) from each mobile phone network; and what the average call duration has been in the last 12 months. This is something which falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
To make a claim, the customer calls a contact centre. Contact centre staff ask the customer a series of questions to assess their potential eligibility to Jobcentre Plus benefits and then arrange to call the customer back at a mutually agreed time, to assist in completion of a claim form. This allows the customers to provide information over the phone, rather than completing a lengthy form.
Jobcentre Plus contact centres use 0845 numberswhich is equivalent to local rate when customers use a BT landline. The charge per minute will depend on the service/tariff that customers have signed up to with their phone provider. Customers using mobile telephones or other landline networks are charged at their network provider's normal tariff for 0845 calls.
The average length of an inbound call is 11 minutes. BT call prices for 0845 numbers vary dependent on the time the customer calls, and can range from 1p to 3p per minute. Based on this information the cost of the inbound call using a BT line would be on average between 11p & 33p. Customers can also use warm phones" in local Jobcentre Plus offices to call the contact centre free of charge.
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