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Crisis Loan Applications

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many crisis loan applications have been received (a) in each of the last five years and (b) in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available. [46821]

Mr. Plaskitt: The information is in the tables.
Crisis loan applications in Great Britain

Calendar yearNumber received

Crisis loan applications in Great Britain

2005Number received

Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100.
DWP Social Fund Policy, Budget and Management Information System.

Child Support Agency

David Mundell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Child Support Agency has received but not yet passed on to the parent with care. [25235]

Mr. Plaskitt: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the Chief Executive. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty, dated 6 February 2006:

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Departmental Expenditure

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of pension contributions incurred by (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body, (ii) executive agency and (iii) other public body for which he is responsible in (A) Scotland, (B) Wales, (C) each of the English regions and (D) Northern Ireland in each of the last three financial years; and what the planned expenditure is for 2005–06. [39990]

Mr. Timms: Such information that is available is in the table. Planned expenditure for 2005–06 is based on actual costs to November 2005, extrapolated for the full year. Contribution rates were consistent between 2002–03 and 2004–05 but have increased substantially with effect from 1 April 2005, accounting for the acute rise in costs.
£ million

Department for Work and Pensions291.6303.7312.2427.9
Executive Agencies:
Child Support Agency20.521.622.132.8
Jobcentre Plus175.3171.6178.3245.5
Disability and Carers Service (established 1/11/04)n/an/a6.020.0
The Pension Service25.337.235.143.9
The Appeals Service1.
The Rent Service1.
Health & Safety Executive17.
Non-departmental public bodies:
Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority (The Pensions Regulator
from 6/04/05)
Disability Rights Commission0.
Pensions Compensation Board0000

For 2005–06, employers' contributions are payable to the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS) at one of four rates in the ranges 16.2 to 24.6 per cent. of pensionable pay, based on salary bands. The Scheme Actuary reviews employer contributions every four years following a full scheme valuation; last carried out as at 31 March 2003. The contribution rates reflect the cost of benefits as they accrue (net of employee contributions), not the costs as they are actually incurred, and reflect past experience of the scheme.

Departmental Jobs

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of his Department's jobs are located in Tamworth constituency. [35675]

Mrs. McGuire: As at 31 October 2005, a total of 40 (full-time equivalent) staff were employed by the Department in the Tamworth constituency.

Departmental Leaflets

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what response his Department is making to the recent National Audit Office Report on its leaflets. [46668]

Mrs. McGuire: In the Using Information to communicate with the public about services and entitlements" report the NAO acknowledges the recent work the Department has already undertaken in this area. The Department has already made progress against a number of the NAO's recommendations and will carefully monitor implementation of the remainder.

Departmental Staff

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what strategy he proposes to adopt to address the conclusion of the departmental working paper number 21, Review of Existing Research on the Extra Costs of Disability, that disability living allowance and attendance allowance are not sufficient to meet costs associated with disability; and if he will make a statement. [38246]

Mrs. McGuire: Working paper no. 21 reviewed the existing research evidence about the extra costs of disabled people. It concluded that although most studies estimate that disability living allowance and attendance allowance are not sufficient to meet all the extra costs of disability, they have produced no clear and robust evidence on the actual size of those costs in relation to benefit levels. All of the different approaches so far adopted by researchers are methodologically and conceptually difficult and have produced widely differing results. Some have also tended not to take account of the full range of statutory services and benefits available to help meet the needs and costs associated with disability, amongst which disability
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living allowance and attendance allowance make a non-income-related and tax-free contribution of around £12.5 billion a year towards the disability related extra costs of over 4 million disabled people.

Disabled People

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled people are seeking employment, as measured by the number of people consulting a disability employment adviser; and how many of these have been seeking employment for (a) six months or more, (b) one year or more and (c) 18 months or more. [30944]

Mrs. McGuire: The information is not available in the format requested.

Industrial Injuries Scheme

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the costs and benefits of replacing the industrial injuries scheme with a no-fault compensation scheme fully funded by employers; [40472]

(2) what assessment he has made of the (a) cost and (b) other effects of abolishing the Industrial Injuries
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Disablement Pension and transferring responsibility to employers; and if he will make a statement. [44761]

Margaret Hodge: I have asked officials to carry out a review of our Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit Scheme. As the scheme was introduced in 1948, we need to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of our modern society. While I expect officials to look at all aspects of the scheme, we have not yet looked in any detail at any particular component and have not made any assessment of the costs and benefits of transferring responsibility for industrial injury compensation to employers. We will, however, be looking at all options for the future.

We intend to publish a discussion document later this year when we will engage fully with stakeholders and other interested parties.

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