|Contracted and quantifiable costs
|(1 )The cost for these three sites is included in the figure for the Pension Service site in Table A
Notes: 1 Production, management and maintenance of DWP websites is carried out by the Department's own in-house E-Communications team. It is not possible to quantify internal costs for each site but contracted and quantifiable costs have been included where possible. 2 Contracted and quantifiable costs include payments to suppliers for services such as research, user testing and site builds, and payments to interim personnel. 3 Departmental sites are hosted by our IT contractors. In most cases it is not possible to separate these costs from contracted costs
1. The Department is continuing to develop services on-line. The website costs do not include the development of e-services, and is restricted to website costs, which provide the user access. Online services may require development of 'back office' processes and redevelopment of the department's legacy' systems.
2. There have been a number of similar/related PQs since 2002.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to make copies of deposited papers available in (a) the Vote Office and (b) Printed Paper Office at the same time as copies are deposited in the Library; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to review the eligibility criteria for claimants of disability benefits, including disability living allowance and incapacity benefit; and if he will make a statement. 
Mrs. McGuire: Disability living allowance is paid as a contribution towards the extra, disability-related costs incurred by severely disabled people. It is a tax free, non income related benefit. It is available to those who claim before the age of 65.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action he is taking to reduce the level of (a) fraud and (b) error in relation to disability living allowance; and if he will make a statement. 
DLA cases are subject to a periodic inquiry process. This process has led to over 100,000 case interventions since its introduction in 1999. The periodic inquiry
process has recently been refocused to target those cases with the highest propensity for change to ensure that these cases are correct.
DCS is currently testing an improved Customer Case Management (CCM) system. CCM is structured, IT-based support for decision-making, enabling greater consistency in both the outcome of decisions and in the level and length of awards.
John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many individuals diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis who failed to qualify for disability living allowance appealed against the decision in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005; 
Mrs. McGuire [holding answer 6 July 2006]: The requested information is not available. Details are not kept about the nature of the medical condition of people whose claims to attendance allowance or disability living allowance are unsuccessful, or about the nature of the medical condition of people taking their cases to appeal.
Mary Creagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in Wakefield include a person with a learning disability who receives the care component of disability living allowance at the (a) highest, (b) middle and (c) lowest rate. 
Mrs. McGuire: 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 my hon. Friend with the information requested.
You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in Wakefield include a person with a learning disability who receives the care component of disability living allowance at the (a) highest (b) middle and (c) lowest rate.
The Minister for Disabled People, Anne McGuire MP, promised you a substantive reply from the Chief Executive of the Disability and Carers Service.
The information available is in the following table:
|Recipients of disability living allowance with learning difficulties by rate of care award as at November 2005 in Wakefield parliamentary constituency
1. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
3. Parliamentary constituencies are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant postcode directory.
4. Figures are based on the care component condition only.
DWP, WPLS 100 per cent. data.
I hope this is helpful.
Mrs. McGuire: Disability living allowance (DLA) provides a contribution towards the extra costs faced by severely disabled people as a result of their disabilities. The higher rate mobility component of DLA is paid to disabled people who are unable or virtually unable to walk.
The Motability Scheme enables disabled persons to use their mobility component towards obtaining a disabled person's powered wheelchair or scooter. The scheme provides scooters in return for some or all of a customer's higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance or war pensioner's mobility supplement. Customers are able to choose from an extensive range of powered wheelchairs and scooters and 200 accredited dealer specialists provide further advice as part of an overall assessment process to obtain the right product to best meet a person's mobility needs. There are currently 6,300 customers using this scheme.
Mr. Jim Murphy: Latest figures show that there are more people in work than ever before. Employment now stands at 28.9 million, up by just over 2.5 million since 1997. More than 1.5 million people have been helped into work through our New Deal programmes, including more than 4,200 people in Hartlepool, and our successful labour market policies have contributed to the virtual eradication of long term youth unemployment, fewer people out of work, and fewer people on inactive benefits. In Hartlepool, the numbers of people claiming incapacity benefits has fallen by 14 per cent .since 1997 and the numbers claiming lone parent benefit by 31 per cent. Long term youth unemployment has fallen by 75 per cent.
Despite progress over the last eight years there remain pockets of persistent low employment, and tackling worklessness and inactivity, particularly among those on benefits, remains our top priority. Our successful Pathways to Work programme which has already achieved more than 21,000 job entries, including 50 in Tees Valley, will be extended to every part of Britain by 2008 and we will be investing a further £360 million on our welfare reform green paper proposals over the next two years.
Some of the most disadvantaged areas, including Hartlepool, have been asked to submit expressions of interest for our Cities Strategy initiative which will ensure that those still most disadvantaged in the labour
market receive the help and guidance they need. This strategy fits with our wider aims of moving towards an 80 per cent. employment rate and reducing child poverty, by addressing the localised pockets of worklessness across Great Britain. It aims to deliver a significant improvement in the working age employment rate, particularly for disadvantaged groups.
Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which the (a) best performing and (b) worst performing council, in respect of the level of housing benefit (i) overpayment and (ii) fraud was in 2005-06; and what assessment he has made of the performance of Luton council in each case. 
|Detected overpayments of housing benefit by local authority, 2004-05
|Weekly overpayment (£)
| Source: Local authority data returns to DWP.
Information is not available on local authority performance in respect of the level of housing benefit overpayments and fraud present in their caseload, since it is not possible to estimate with sufficient confidence the amount of undetected fraud and error at local authority level.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to collect information on the cost of housing benefit paid to households renting properties formerly owned by local authorities. 
Mr. Plaskitt: We are currently looking at the information we collect and considering the feasibility of various options. Were it feasible, the earliest date that any such additional information could be collected would be April 2007.
|Housing benefit expenditure in Great Britain, Real Terms 2004-05 prices
(2) estimated outturn
Figures are consistent with Budget 2006.
DWP benefit expenditure tables and historic information.