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Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress his Department has made (a) in monitoring progress against the Gershon efficiency targets and (b) in the development of metrics for measuring the level of service delivery; what the programme is for publishing the results of these analyses; whether these data will be subject to external audit; and if he will make a statement. 
The Department's Efficiency Technical Note sets out how the Department will measure achievement of the efficiency targets from the Spending Review 2004 and departmental performance, including assurance arrangements for those measures. The Efficiency Technical Note is published on the Department's website.
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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the hourly rate of pay which would bring a full-time worker up to the 60th median income relative deprivation line without recourse to state benefits; and if he will make a statement. 
In addition, because we equivalise (or adjust) income to take into account variations in both the size and composition of the household, the actual rate of pay required to lift someone above the poverty line would depend on the number of adults and children in the family.
The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has asked me to reply to your question asking what regular outreach services Jobcentre Plus operates in the (a) Banbury and (b) Oxford travel-to-work area. This is something which falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
An advice service is provided to local prisons by an Adviser who sees all inmates before they are released. This is referred to as Freshstart, which is a partnership between Jobcentre Plus and the Prison Service. The Adviser provides advice on jobsearch and job broking as well as handling benefit related enquiries. Advisers visit Bullingdon prison 3 days a week, Reading, Grendon and Springhill prisons twice a fortnight and Woodhill prison once a week.
A Jobcentre Plus Disability Employment Adviser (DEA) for Oxford, Abingdon and Didcot attends the Enablement Centre at Nuffield Hospital to interview people with health problems who may need help finding work or staying in work. Referrals are made by the National Health Service, Oxford Mental Health Care and the Elmore Team, an independent community service team who deal with vulnerable people. The DEA attends the Enablement Centre on the first Wednesday of every month.
Jobcentre Plus also provides a Redundancy Support Service to small, medium and large employers who are faced with making redundancies. Advice and guidance is provided to these employers offering support to their employees in jobsearch, benefit advice, interview techniques, writing a CV, upskilling and retraining as well as self employment options. Meetings and support services occur as a result of a significant redundancy and are therefore primarily on an ad hoc basis. This service is usually delivered at an employer's premises.
Banbury Jobcentre Plus is represented on the steering group of the Sunshine Centre, which is due to open in July 2006 in Bretch Hill, Banbury. The Centre will help lone parents, and we are considering how best we can help those who will use the Centre.
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what average period a person aged (a) 16 to 20, (b) 21 to 25, (c) 26 to 35, (d) 35 to 50 and (e) 50 plus claimed jobseeker's allowance before gaining employment in the last period for which figures are available. 
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. However, this information is not available broken down by age group or duration. Copies of the report are available in the Library.
|All ages||Under 20||20 to 24||25 to 34||35 to 49||50 and over|
|Up to 3 months||427,145||70,045||96,965||98,790||107,100||54,240|
|3 months up to 6 months||224,185||31,260||46,465||52,975||61,570||31,910|
|6 months up to 1 year||167,775||14,570||29,055||43,300||54,410||26,440|
|1 year and up to 2 years||91,770||1,780||6,700||25,230||37,895||20,165|
|2 years and up to 5 years||31,705||40||1,060||5,070||10,235||15,300|
|5 years and over||7,965||(179)||10||370||1,885||5,700|
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland constituency are claiming jobseeker's allowance; and what the percentage difference is from the same period in each year since 2001. 
|February||JSA claimants||Percentage change against previous year|
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of introducing the new fortnightly job review for jobseeker's allowance applicants from June; and if he will make a statement. 
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question asking what estimate he has made of the cost of introducing the new Fortnightly Job Review for Jobseeker's Allowance applicants from June. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
We are not introducing new Fortnightly Jobsearch Reviews from June, but re-focusing them to make sure people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance are fulfilling their responsibilities by being available for and actively seeking work. The introduction of these re-focused reviews will be based on strengthened guidance to managers and staff and other support material. The associated costs will therefore be negligible.
|Period||Total JSA terminations||IB/SDA is claimed within 90 days of JSA claim terminating|
|1 June 2002 to 31 May 2003||2,580,700||213,800|
|1 June 2003 to 31 May 2004||2,513,900||199,200|
|1 June 2004 to 31 May 2005||2,281,300||176,600|
|As at February each year:||Number|
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