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Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Pathways to Work pilots in getting existing incapacity benefit claimants into work; and if he will make a statement. 
Margaret Hodge: The early evidence from our pathways pilots is positive. Nearly 150,000 people have started on a pilot, including 11,200 existing claimants and there have been 19,500 job queries. As a result there has been an 8 percentage point increase in people leaving incapacity benefits after six months in pathways areas compared to the rest of the country.
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field) of 12 December 2005, Official Report, column 1764W, on
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incapacity benefit, whether cost-benefit analysis has been carried out in relation to the Pathways to Work pilot scheme. 
The Pathways to Work districts are piloting new measures and innovative approaches to helping people with long-term illnesses or a disability to return to work. As pilot schemes, they are designed to test whether alternative approaches may be more effective than existing measures.
Early results show off-flows from incapacity benefit at six months of around 48 per cent. in the pilot areas compared with around 40 per cent. nationally, an improvement of 8 percentage points, resulting in a reduction in the incapacity benefit case load which more than pays for the additional costs of the pilots.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field) of 12 December 2005, Official Report, column 1764W, on incapacity benefit, what assessment he has made of the percentage of new incapacity benefit claimants eligible for mandatory entry into the Pathways to Work who entered jobs; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of how much will be spent on the (a) guarantee credit and (b) savings credit, assuming income taken into account for pension credit purposes rises in line with (i) inflation, (ii) earnings and (iii) at a mid-point between earnings and prices and assuming (A) 80 per cent. take up of the guarantee credit and 50 per cent. take up of the savings credit, (B) 80 per cent. take up of the guarantee credit and 60 per cent. take up of the savings credit and (C) 100 per cent. take up of both guarantee and savings credit, in (1) 200506, (2) 201011, (3) 202021, (4) 203031, (5) 204041 and (6) 205051. 
Projections of pension credit entitlement, and hence costs under alternative take-up scenarios, are not available at present, as they are dependent on National Statistics estimates of take-up; once these are available the projections will be updated. In addition, the cost of alternative levels of take-up, other than 100 per cent. also depends critically on the size of entitlements newly taken up under the alternative scenarios; it is not possible to estimate this realistically.
The table shows expenditure under the three scenarios where income brought to account for pension credit is
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uprated in line with (i) prices, (ii) average earnings, (iii) midway between earnings and prices. All scenarios effectively assume a constant overall take-up rate
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beyond 200708, the end of the current planning period, and are based on the continuation of the current uprating policy.
|Income growth/credit type||200506||201011||202021||203031||204041||205051|
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Hendon have received (a) winter fuel payments, (b) winter fuel payments for over 80s, (c) council tax help and (d) extra living costs help for over 70s in 2005; and if he will make a statement. 
In winter 200405 there were 17,660 people in the Hendon constituency who received a winter fuel payment and of these 4,075 received the extra payment for those aged 80 or over. We expect the numbers to be similar for this winter.
We estimate that in the Hendon constituency around 11,000 people will receive the £200 aged related payment for help with council tax and around 2,500 people aged 70 or over will receive the £50 aged related payment to help with living expenses.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the total amount of winter fuel payments to each constituency in the UK has been since the introduction of the payments; and what the overall total was in each year; 
(2) how many people received winter fuel payments in each ward in each constituency in the UK in 200405, broken down by region; and what the value was of these payments in each case. 
Mr. Timms [holding answer 12 January 2006]: The information requested is not available. Total expenditure on winter fuel payments in Great Britain, and total number of recipients in each year, are as follows:
|Winter fuel payment|
expenditure (£ million)
|Total recipients (Thousand)|
Breakdowns at constituency and ward level are available from 19992000. This information has been placed in the Library. For 200405, a comprehensive breakdown at these levels includes age-related payments for people aged 70 or over, which cannot be separated from winter fuel payments, so the total figure is higher than that given above for Great Britain.
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