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Mr. Woolas: None. However the Comprehensive Performance Assessment and Best Value Performance Indicator performance data prepared by the Audit Commission show such information by type of local authority.
Mrs. Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women in Bridgend constituency who were in receipt of carer's allowance in each of the last five years. 
Mrs. McGuire: The administration of carers allowance is a matter for the chief executive of the Disability and Carers Service, Mr Terry Moran. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.
You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women in Bridgend constituency who were in receipt of carers' allowance in each of the last five years.
|Gender of claimant|
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to improve the (a) quality of management information and (b) appraisal of effectiveness within his Department. 
Mrs. McGuire: Improvements to the quality, timeliness and coverage of management information are being made on the back of the introduction of new IT systems under the department's modernisation programme and by a corporate management information service that was introduced in 2003. The Department's effectiveness is assessed in the Departmental Report and Autumn Performance Report, through which it publishes its progress against public service agreement targets. In making these assessments, the Department takes account of expert advice on best practice in measurement and data quality. The Autumn Performance Report published on 15 December 2005 contains the most recent update on delivery of these targets; copies are available in the Library.
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many hours (a) initial training and (b) ongoing training are given to staff who work on disability living allowance fraud cases. 
The administration of Disability Living Allowance is a matter for the Chief Executive of the Disability and Carers Service, Mr. Terry Moran. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.
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The information you require is not available in the format you have requested. This is because Disability Living Allowance fraud work involves thousands of generalised staff as well as staff who specialise in fraud in both DCS and Jobcentre Plus. All staff have individual requirements, which are reviewed on an ongoing basis. am sorry I cannot be more helpful.
Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he was first informed of errors within disability living allowance DLA(A) forms; what steps he has taken to make the public aware of those errors; when he expects to rectify the errors; and if he will make a statement. 
Mrs. McGuire: The administration of disability living allowance and attendance allowance is a matter for the Chief Executive of the Disability and Carers Service, Mr. Terry Moran. He will write to the hon. Member.
You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he was first informed of errors within DLA/A (Adult) and DLA/A (Child) forms; what steps he has taken to make the public aware of those errors; when he expects to rectify the errors; and if he will make a statement.
In December 2005, the DLA claim pack, which was in two parts was revised and the two parts amalgamated to produce a unified claim pack. The guidance notes were also amended to reflect the changes. Subsequent feedback in January 2006 has indicated that the guidance notes are not as clear as they might be with regard to the parts of the claim pack to be completed if a person is claiming under Special Rules" provisions.
The consequence of any potential confusion is that some parts of the claim pack may be completed unnecessarily. The outcome of the claim would be unaffected by this. DCS will revise the guidance notes to take account of the feedback received at the earliest opportunity, which will be at the next print run due in June 2006, and accordingly does not intend to take any additional interim steps to raise public awareness.
A fuller revision of the DLA claim pack, including guidance notes, is planned for October 2006. As part of that revision the DCS Advisory Forum, on which Macmillan are represented, will be fully consulted.
In addition the DCS were advised on 2 March 2006 that there was a discrepancy between the clerical version and the electronic version of the DLA child claim pack guidance notes. A correction to the electronic version was effected on 15 March 2006 and the notes are now identical to the clerical claim pack guidance notes.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of new incapacity benefit claims were referred for medical review in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Claims to incapacity benefit are initially accepted on the basis of medical evidence but are all subject to medical review to find out whether the
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person is still incapable of work. Most cases will require a medical examination, but where a person's condition is severe, incapacity may be accepted on the basis of medical or other evidence without the need for an examination.
Information on the number of examinations carried out on new incapacity benefit claims is not available as it is not possible to split initial examinations from the total examination figure which includes initial and subsequent examinations.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research has been (a) undertaken and (b) commissioned by his Department on the mortality rates of individuals claiming incapacity benefit; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of new incapacity benefit claimants in 2005 aged (a) over 50 years and (b) under 50 years had previously been receiving (i) statutory sick pay and (ii) jobseeker's allowance. 
|Aged under 50||Percentage of|
all IB commencements (under 50)
|Aged 50 and over||Percentage of|
all IB commencements (50 and over)
Commencements previously claiming JSA
|Proportion of all IB commencements (of age group) (percentage)|
|Under 50 years of age|
|50 years of age and over|
Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of incapacity benefit claimants reaching the first anniversary of their claim aged (a) over 50 years and (b) under 50 years left the benefit in the next year in each of the last five years. 
|August||Up to 50||50 and over|
|Period||All ages||Under 50||50 and over|
|1 September 1996 to 31 August 1997||997,400||687,100||310,400|
|1 September 2004 to 31 August 2005||610,200||425,800||184,400|
John Cummings: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women in receipt of incapacity benefit owing to mental health conditions in the Easington constituency are aged (i) 20 to 29, (ii) 30 to 40, (iii) 41 to 49 and (iv) 50 to 60 years. 
|20 to 29||400|
|30 to 40||400|
|41 to 49||400|
|50 to 60||400|
|61 to 65||100|
|20 to 29||300|
|30 to 40||400|
|41 to 49||400|
|50 to 60||500|
|61 to 65|||
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed incapacity benefits for (a) mental health reasons and (b) musculo-skeletal disorders in each year from 197980 to 200506; and if he will make a statement. 
Mrs. McGuire: The information is not available in the format requested. Incapacity Benefit was introduced in April 1995; information is not available broken down by diagnoses for predecessor benefits. The available information is in the table.
As at August:
Mental and Behavioural Disorders
|Diseases of the Musculoskeletal system and Connective Tissue|
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of those claimants of incapacity benefit who are primarily affected by a mental health problem for which they are receiving treatment. 
Mrs. McGuire: As at August 2005, there were 1,089,100 incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance claimants in Great Britain whose primary diagnosis was within the 'Mental and Behavioural Disorders' group of diagnoses; this represents 39 per cent. of the case load.
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