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Departmental Publications

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what is his Department’s policy for reviewing instructional leaflets it has issued. [51980]

Mrs. McGuire: The Department’s policy is that its leaflets should be reviewed every six months to ensure accuracy of content.

Departmental Staff

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff are employed directly by his Department to process (a) disability living allowance, (b) attendance allowance, (c) carers' allowance and (d) incapacity benefit claim forms, broken down by location; what the average salary is at each grade; and if he will make a statement. [72527]

Mrs. McGuire: Disability living allowance and attendance allowance are processed at the same sites; no further breakdown of staff handling each type of allowance is available. Average salaries are not available; salary bandwidths have been given.

The most recent available information is in the tables.

Number of staff (full-time equivalent) involved in processing disability living allowance and attendance allowance, by location; April 2006

Disability Contact and Processing Unit

1,841.85

Benefit Enquiry Line / Helpline

471.80

Bootle Disability Benefits Centre

134.30

Bristol Disability Benefits Centre

148.00

Edinburgh Disability Benefits Centre

100.84

Glasgow Disability Benefits Centre

116.12

Leeds Disability Benefits Centre

172.04

Manchester Disability Benefits Centre

131.93

Midlands Disability Benefits Centre

353.94

Newcastle Disability Benefits Centre

116.42

Wales Disability Benefits Centre

124.57

Wembley Disability Benefits Centre

314.17

Note: Figures include all administrative grade staff directly involved in processing disability living allowance and attendance allowance claims. Source: Disability and Carers Service management information


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Number of staff (full-time equivalent) involved in processing carer's allowance; April 2006

Carer's Allowance Unit

843.87

Note: Figures include all administrative grade staff directly involved in processing carer's allowance claims. Source: Disability and Carers Service management information

Number of staff (full-time equivalent) involved in processing incapacity benefit claims in each Jobcentre Plus region; March 2006

East Midlands

277.88

East of England

287.88

London

449.43

North East

267.21

North West

683.51

Scotland

509.72

South East

353.61

South West

294.16

Wales

369.01

West Midlands

438.49

Yorkshire and The Humber

395.80

Notes: 1. London includes processing sites outside the London area processing London claims. 2. Figures include all administrative staff involved in processing incapacity benefit claims. Source: Jobcentre Plus management information.

DWP administrative grade pay bands
£
Minimum Maximum

Grade AA/Band A

12,340

17,380

Grade AO/Band B

13,990

20,890

Grade EO/Band C

18,160

27,300

Note: The figures given are the highest and lowest applicable to each band. Higher minimums and lower maximums apply in certain particular geographical areas.


Job Vacancies

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job vacancies there were on average on the register at job centres in Coventry South constituency in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement. [71754]

Mrs. McGuire [holding answer 22 May 2006]: Information on Jobcentre Plus vacancy data at parliamentary constituency level is only available from April 2004 and is set out in the following table.

Coventry South parliamentary constituency
Period Average number of 'live' unfilled vacancies on any given day

2004

2,790

2005

2,280

2006

2,630

Source: Jobcentre Plus Labour Market System

Pension Credit

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of pension credit claimed the extra amount for carers in the last financial year for which figures are available; and how
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many pensioner households received double the extra amount because both partners were eligible to claim. [71189]

James Purnell: The information requested is in the following table:

Number of pension credit beneficiaries with prescribed additional amounts for carers in payment
November 2005

All pension credit beneficiaries of the extra amount for carers

182,300

One beneficiary with a prescribed additional amount

164,800

Both beneficiaries with a prescribed additional amount

17,500

Notes: 1. Figures are based on a 5 per cent. sample, and are therefore subject to a degree of sampling variation. 2. Caseloads are rounded to the nearest hundred. 3. Totals may not sum due to rounding. 4. Beneficiaries includes both claimants and their partners. Source: The Department's Quarterly Statistical Enquiry (QSE) five per cent. administrative data.

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of pension credit were also in receipt of (a) the lower rate and (b) the higher rate of extra amounts for severe disability in the last financial year for which figures are available. [71191]

James Purnell: The information requested is in the following table:

Number of pension credit recipients with the prescribed extra amount for severe disability
November 2005

All recipients with an extra amount for severe disability

631,970

Recipients with the extra amount for severe disability—higher rate

46,360

Recipients with the extra amount for severe disability—lower rate

585,610

Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. 2. Recipients are those people who claim pension credit either on behalf of themselves only or on behalf of a household. This number is equal to the number of households in receipt of pension credit. Source: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.

Paul Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents in the Medway towns local authority area received pension credit in the most recent period for which figures were available, broken down by ward; and what the average payment was. [74714]

James Purnell: The information is provided in the following table:


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Pension credit individual beneficiaries and the average weekly amount of benefit for wards in Medway, November 2005
Ward name Individual beneficiaries Average weekly benefit (£)

Chatham Central

885

47.40

Cuxton and Halling

210

39.46

Gillingham North

745

42.60

Gillingham South

650

43.81

Hempstead and Wigmore

175

38.46

Lordswood and Capstone

375

41.71

Luton and Wayfield

835

43.59

Peninsula

615

41.33

Princes Park

295

44.41

Rainham Central

425

36.76

Rainham North

345

36.15

Rainham South

425

38.72

River

340

46.36

Rochester East

600

39.52

Rochester South and Horsted

575

37.20

Rochester West

460

36.85

Strood North

530

42.55

Strood Rural

505

38.68

Strood South

775

39.52

Twydall

940

37.57

Walderslade

460

37.31

Watling

290

39.71

Medway total

11,390

41.02

Notes: 1. The numbers of individual beneficiaries are rounded to a multiple of five. 2. Average amounts are rounded to the nearest penny. 3. Totals do not always sum to area total due to rounding. 4. The number of individual beneficiaries includes both claimants and their partners. 5. Wards are based on 2003 ward boundaries. Source: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent data.

Pension Credit Helpline

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many telephone calls were made to the pension credit helpline in (a) March and (b) April; how many of these calls (i) were handled, (ii) received an engaged tone and (iii) were abandoned; and if he will make a statement. [73561]

James Purnell: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 25 May 2006, Official Report, column 2036W.

Pensions

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to review the uprating arrangements for UK pensioners who have moved overseas in the context of the publication of the White Paper on Pensions. [73918]

James Purnell: We uprate the State Pension in countries with which the UK has a reciprocal agreement or a legal obligation to do so. We have no plans to change the current arrangements.


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