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Natascha Engel: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when a decision will be made to move existing Child Support Agency cases from the old scheme to the new scheme. [68450]

Mr. Plaskitt: We have always said that we could not consider transferring the bulk of the old scheme caseload onto the new scheme until the new scheme was working well.

We have asked Sir David Henshaw to consider this issue as part of his redesign of the child support scheme. Sir David Henshaw has been asked to deliver his findings to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Mr. Hutton) before the summer recess.


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Departmental Leave

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many days have been lost to sickness absence in her Department in each of the last three years. [64495]

Mrs. McGuire: The information available is contained in the following table. The figures show the total working days lost to sickness absence, as well as an average of working days lost per staff year. The information has been drawn from internal DWP records based on data from the Department's payroll systems.

Year ended Working days lost Average

February 2004

1,713,573

12.6

February 2005

1,632,678

12.5

February 2006

1,249,179

10.3


Departmental Staff

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what opportunities exist for people to work beyond retirement age in his Department. [68994]

Mrs. McGuire: DWP operates the civil service-wide arrangement for senior civil servants, with retirement at age 60. The head of the Department and Agency chief executives have the flexibility to retain SCS staff beyond 60 if they judge it to be in the public interest and are satisfied about the fitness and efficiency of the individual to carry out their duties. We have one SCS member of staff working beyond age 60 out of a total of 247 SCS members.

DWP policy provides the opportunity for staff in grades below the senior civil service to request to work beyond our retirement age of 65. We have 220 people out of a total of 116,965 working over age 65.

There are no special arrangements to identify work opportunities for people over 65. They are treated the same as all other employees.


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We have successfully operated the arrangements for staff below SCS since October 2003, which is three years ahead of the implementation in October this year of the DTI Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006. The regulations will prohibit age discrimination in employment and vocational training.

We have reviewed the effectiveness of this policy and from 1 October 2006 we will have no mandatory retirement age at all for staff below SCS.

By removing the retirement age of 65, we are giving people more choice about managing their working lives and planning for retirement. DWP positively encourages older workers, and recognise the benefits of experienced and committed staff.

This change to our retirement policy is another positive measure in the Department's progress in championing diversity and further demonstrates our commitment to ending discrimination.

Departmental Relocation

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which buildings and sites used by his Department and related agencies (a) have ceased to be used in the last year and (b) will be closed under current plans for relocation. [31763]

Mrs. McGuire: The information has been placed in the Library.

Departmental Websites

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list (a) the websites operated by his Department and (b) the reports placed on the internet in March 2006, indicating in each case whether paper copies were also made available. [65209]

Mr. Timms: Table A lists those websites operated by Department for Work and Pensions where we are responsible for the content.

Table A
Website name Website address

Department for Work and Pensions

www.dwp.gov.uk

Jobcentre Plus

www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk

The Pension Service

www.thepensionservice.gov.uk

Child Support Agency

www.csa.gov.uk

Directgov Disabled People and Carers Sections

www.direct.gov.uk/disability

Directgov Over 50s Section

www.direct.gov.uk/over50s

Age Positive

www.agepositive.gov.uk

Employment Zones

www.employmentzones.gov.uk

Benefit Fraud Inspectorate

www.bfi.gov.uk

Office for Disability Issues

www.officefordisability.gov.uk

European Social Fund

www.esf.gov.uk


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Table B lists those websites operated by the Department for Work and Pensions but where we are not responsible for the content.


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Table B
Website name Website address

Disability Employment Advisory Committee

www.deac.org.uk

Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board

www.dlaab.org.uk

Employer Task Force

www.employertaskforce.org.uk

Ethnic Minority Employment Task Force

www.emetaskforce.gov.uk

Independent Case Examiner

www.ind-case-exam.org.uk

Industrial Injuries Advisory Council

www.iiac.org.uk

National Employment Panel

www.nationalemploymentpanel.gov.uk

Pensions At Work

www.pensionsatwork.org

Pensions Commission

www.pensionscommission.org.uk

Social Security Advisory Committee

www.ssac.org.uk


Table C details the reports placed by the Department on the internet, that is all sites listed in tables A and B, in March 2006.


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Table C Date added Paper copies?

Reports added to the Child Support Agency www.csa.gov.uk

Business Plan

30 March 06

Yes

Reports added to the Department for Work and Pensions www.dwp.gov.uk

New Deal for Disabled People Evaluation: Survey of Eligible Population, Wave Three. Research Report No. 324

7 March 2006

Yes

Review of Action Teams for Jobs. Research Report 328

7 March 2006

Yes

DWP Decision Making Standards Committee -Annual Report 2004-05

8 March 2006

Yes

Survey of employers' policies, practices and preferences relating to age. Research Report no. 325

9 March 2006

Yes

The employment rates of disabled people

9 March 2006

Yes

Households Below Average Income (HBAI) 1994-95-2004-05

9 March 2006

Yes

Tackling poverty - a progress report

9 March 2006

Yes

Revaluation of earnings factor order 2006

10 March 2006

Yes

Occupations Pension Schemes: Review of Certain Contracting Out Terms

15 March 2006

Yes

A review of the JSA sanctions regime: Summary Research Findings. Report No. 313

16 March 2006

Yes

Making random assignment happen: Evidence from the UK Employment Retention and Advancement (ERA) demonstration. Research Report No. 330

16 March 2006

Yes

Sanctions: Qualitative summary report on lone parent customers. Working Paper No. 27

16 March 2006

Yes

Pensioners' Income Series

16 March 2006

Yes

Housing Benefit Quarterly Performance Statistics (Data for third quarter 2005-06)

16 March 2006

Yes

Housing Benefit Quarterly Fraud Performance Statistics (Data for third quarter 2005-06)

16 March 2006

Yes

Family Resources Survey

17 March 2006

Yes

Opportunity For All Indicators 11, 24, 37 and 39 updated

17 March 2006

No

Debt Management Customer Charter

20 March 2006

Yes

An investigation of CSA Maintenance Direct Payments: Qualitative study. Research Report No. 327

21 March 2006

Yes

Survey of Annuity Pricing

28 March 2006

Yes

The Pension Service Customer Survey 2005. Research Report No. 331

23 March 2006

Yes

Latest Jobcentre Plus print products added to the HTML online catalogue

28 March 2006

Yes

The Occupational Pension Schemes (Exemption) Regulations 2006: Government Response

29 March 2006

Yes

The Occupational Pension Schemes (Winding up Procedure) Regulations 2006

29 March 2006

Yes

Disability Discrimination Act 2005 Disability Discrimination (Premises) Regulations 2006 Regulatory Impact Assessment

29 March 2006

Yes

The Disability Discrimination (Premises) Regulations 2005

29 March 2006

Yes

The Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Consultation by employers and miscellaneous amendment) Regulations 2006, and

29 March 2006

Yes

The Occupational Pension Schemes (Consultation by employers) (Modification for multi-employer schemes) Regulation 2006

29 March 2006

Yes

Disability and Carers Service launch Business Plan

30 March 2006

Yes

Employers' Pension Provision Survey 2005. Research Report No. 329

30 March 2006

Yes

Experience of the Job Retention and Rehabilitation Pilot. Research Report No. 339

30 March 2006

Yes

Impacts of the Job Retention and Rehabilitation Pilot. Research Report No. 342

30 March 2006

Yes



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