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Despite these good results, we are not complacent and will maintain this hard work. Our efforts in the future will focus on using new technology available to us to stop fraud earlier before it enters the benefit system; increasing our ability to data match to include data from the private sector; exploring the use of new technologies, such as voice risk analysis; the proposed identity card, which will be a useful tool to combat identity and other frauds by verifying identity more effectively; continuing to warn fraudsters and potential fraudsters through the Targeting Benefit Fraud campaign and maintaining the National Benefit Fraud Hotline.

Edward Miliband: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many single parents in each ward in Doncaster North received income support on average in (a) 1984, (b) 1994, (c) 2004 and (d) the most recent year for which figures are available; and what proportion of all single parents this represented in each case. [68296]

Mr. Plaskitt: Income support data is not available at ward level prior to August 1999. The available information for lone parents in receipt of income support is in the table.

Lone parents on income support (IS), by ward in Doncaster, North parliamentary constituency
November 2004 November2005
Ward name Lone parents on IS Proportion of lone parents (%) Lone parents on IS Proportion of lone parents (%)

Adwick

330

59.8

325

58.9

Askern

135

44.6

145

47.9

Bentley, Central

295

67.7

300

68.8

Bentley North Road

145

47.1

135

43.8

Stainforth

245

58.9

215

51.7

Thorne

310

55.7

295

53.0

Notes:
1. Claimant numbers have been rounded to a multiple of five, percentages to one decimal place.
2. IS lone parents includes people claiming income support who are single with dependents and not in receipt of a pensioner or disability premium.
3. Proportions have been calculated using the total number of lone parents from the 2001 census.
4. Doncaster, North constituency contains the six wards specified, which are based on 2003 ward boundaries.
Source:
DWP Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. data.

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2006, Official Report, column 719W, what year his Department published “Paying for Rented Housing: Non-Dependant Deductions from Housing Benefit”; and if he will commission an exercise to update this research. [67215]

Mr. Plaskitt: The research "Paying for Rented Housing: Non-Dependant Deductions from Housing Benefit" was published as (then) Department of Social Security Research Report no. 43 in 1996. There are currently no plans to commission an update to this research.

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 21 March 2006, Official Report, column 234W, on housing benefit sanctions, when he expects to make a decision on who he will be consulting informally on his plans to use sanctions to ensure that those who are evicted for antisocial behaviour take up the help offered to them; and if he will make a statement. [67217]

Mr. Plaskitt: As set out in my response of 10 March, we are currently assessing the use of sanctions to ensure that those households who are evicted for antisocial behaviour take up help offered to them more fully, before deciding who to consult and whether to legislate.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many prosecutions there were for refusals to pay back housing benefit overpayments in each year since 2000-01, broken down by local authority. [67260]

Mr. Plaskitt: The information is not available.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many housing benefit compensation payments were ordered in each year since 2000-01, broken down by local authority. [67261]

Mr. Plaskitt: The information is not available as it is not centrally collated.


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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the total cost was of housing benefit overpayments recovered by (a) payments made under compensation orders, (b) payments made as a result of civil proceedings and (c) payments made with legal process in each year since 2000-01, broken down by local authority; [67262]

(2) what the total cost was of housing benefit overpayments written off as irrecoverable in each local authority in each year since 2000-01, broken down by (a) benefit claimant and (b) landlord. [67263]

Mr. Plaskitt: The information is not available in the format requested.

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) non-UK and (b) UK citizens received unemployment benefits in each London borough in each of the last five years. [70115]

Mr. Plaskitt: The information is not available; no record is kept of claimants' nationalities.

Child Support

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether the Child Support Agency deposited funds owed to Mrs. Joanna Stephenson, ref. PCU/154933, into an escrow account pending completion of the inquiry to determine why she has not received the moneys paid by her former husband; [70038]

(2) when Child Support Agency (CSA) payments to Mrs. Joanna Stephenson, ref. PCU/154933, will resume; when she will receive funds collected by the CSA since November 2002; and if he will make a statement; [70039]

(3) why the Child Support Agency (CSA) case of Mrs. Joanna Stephenson, ref. PCU/154933, ceased in November 2002; and if the CSA will pay compensation for errors in dealing with the case. [70040]

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

Letter from Hilary Reynolds:

Income Support

John Cummings: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many single parents in Easington constituency were in receipt of income support in each year between 2001 and 2005; and if he will make a statement. [69423]


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Mr. Plaskitt: The information is in the table.

Lone parents in receipt of income support in the Easington parliamentary constituency
Number of lone parents

November 2001

1,440

November 2002

1,330

November 2003

1,260

November 2004

1,190

November 2005

1,190

Notes: 1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. 2. Single parents are defined as single claimants with dependants aged under 60 and not receiving IB/SDA. Source: DWP Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS).

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many single parents in Coventry South were in receipt of income support in each year between 2001 and 2005; and if he will make a statement. [69844]

Mr. Plaskitt: The information is in the following table.

Lone parents in receipt of income support in the Coventry South parliamentary constituency: each November 2001 to 2005
Number

2001

1,550

2002

1,540

2003

1,550

2004

1,540

2005

1,520

Notes: 1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. 2. Figures are based on 100 per cent. data. 3. Single parents are defined as single claimants with dependants aged under 60 and not receiving IB or SDA. 4. Parliamentary constituency is allocated by matching postcodes against the relevant ONS postcode directory. Source: Information Directorate Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS)

Jobseeker's Allowance

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many 16 and 17-year-olds are in receipt of jobseeker's allowance in each London borough. [70059]

Mr. Plaskitt: The information is in the following table.


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Jobseeker's allowance claimants aged 16 and 17 years by London borough: March 2006
Number

City of London

?

Barking and Dagenham

70

Barnet

25

Bexley

45

Brent

35

Bromley

40

Camden

45

Croydon

80

Ealing

10

Enfield

35

Greenwich

95

Hackney

70

Hammersmith and Fulham

35

Haringey

45

Harrow

10

Havering

35

Hillingdon

30

Hounslow

30

Islington

45

Kensington and Chelsea

10

Kingston-upon-Thames

10

Lambeth

65

Lewisham

90

Merton

15

Newham

50

Redbridge

20

Richmond-upon-Thames

10

Southwark

80

Sutton

30

Tower Hamlets

40

Waltham Forest

65

Wandsworth

15

Westminster, City of

15

Notes: 1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest five. 2. Jobseeker's allowance figures are not seasonally adjusted. Source: Count of unemployment-related benefits, Jobcentre Plus computer systems (excluding clerically held cases).

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals in each London borough received jobseeker's allowance in each of the last five years. [70060]

Mr. Plaskitt: The information is in the following table.

Jobseeker's allowance claimants by London borough: at March each year, 2001 to 2006.
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

City of London

75

94

95

104

101

87

Barking and Dagenham

3,009

3,002

3,329

3,612

3,771

3,965

Barnet

4,514

5,137

5,852

5,394

5,205

5,398

Bexley

2,600

2,656

2,959

2,817

2,907

3,193

Brent

6,565

8,098

8,255

8,201

7,965

7,941

Bromley

3,202

3,676

3,967

3,963

3,9$5

3,891

Camden

5,561

5,991

6,019

5,771

5,571

5,614

Croydon

6,057

6,456

6,783

5,969

6,312

6,381

Ealing

5,198

6,123

6,303

6,160

5,898

6,184

Enfield

5,736

5,567

5,837

6,053

6,0?7

6,732

Greenwich

5,950

6,119

6,075

6,096

5,965

6,199

Hackney

8,240

7,897

8,557

8,112

7,660

7,984

Hammersmith and Fulham

4,285

4,521

4,856

4,382

3,964

3,918

Haringey

8,169

7,693

7,875

7,802

7,695

8,302

Harrow

2,327

2,783

2,984

3,250

3,127

3,186

Havering

2,496

2,371

2,640

2,467

2,495

2,744

Hillingdon

2,423

3,035

3,523

3,768

3,842

3,793

Hounslow

2,129

2,998

3,356

3,385

3,288

3,679

Islington

6,534

6,495

6,533

6,465

5,846

6,310

Kensington and Chelsea

2,922

3,005

3,189

2,880

2,517

2,684

Kingston-upon-Thames

1,235

1,510

1,787

1,688

1,670

1,476

Lambeth

10,312

11,042

10,825

10,172

10,019

9,543

Lewisham

8,068

8,333

8,471

7,923

7,539

7,855

Merton

2,344

2,723

3,138

2,952

2,966

3,065

Newham

7,659

7,765

7,938

7,430

7,293

8,391

Redbridge

3,776

4,034

4,260

4,055

4,143

4,627

Richmond-upon-Thames

1,437

1,767

2,060

1,897

1,708

1,659

Southwark

9,011

9,528

9,744

9,457

9,085

8,746

Sutton

1,564

1,810

2,021

2,022

2,153

2,331

Tower Hamlets

7,893

7,973

8,350

8,328

7,746

8,427

Waltham Forest

5,541

5,955

6,079

6,112

6,469

6,574

Wandsworth

5,101

5,790

5,785

5,433

5,305

5,260

Westminster, City of

4,512

4,669

4,555

4,236

3,972

4,117

Notes: 1. Jobseeker's allowance caseload figures are unrounded. 2. Jobseeker's allowance figures are not seasonally adjusted. Source: Count of unemployment-related benefits, Jobcentre Plus computer systems (including clerically held cases).


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