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New deal for lone parents
Participants in each quarter
Total First-time Repeat

January to March 2003

89,160

64,550

24,610

April to June 2003

90,360

63,860

26,500

July to September 2003

95,890

66,650

29,240

October to December 2003

94,390

64,750

29,640

January to March 2004

100,170

66,750

33,420

April to June 2004

94,160

61,730

32,430

July to September 2004

89,720

57,400

32,320

October to December 2004

83,850

52,410

31,440

January to March 2005

83,830

50,350

33,480

April to June 2005

78,720

46,360

32,360

July to September 2005

76,480

43,970

32,510

October to December 2005

71,370

40,810

30,560


New deal 50 plus
Participants in each quarter
Total First-time Repeat

January to March 2004

11,290

11,290

0

April to June 2004

18,360

18,330

30

July to September 2004

26,340

26,270

70

October to December 2004

32,540

32,420

120

January to March 2005

38,280

38,060

220

April to June 2005

42,970

42,620

350

July to September 2005

46,820

46,350

470

October to December 2005

50,250

49,640

610


New deal for disabled people
Participants in each quarter
Total First-time Repeat

January to March 2003

39,570

37,510

2,060

April to June 2003

45,040

42,630

2,410

July to September 2003

51,780

48,880

2,900

October to December 2003

55,890

52,630

3,260

January to March 2004

62,810

58,930

3,880

April to June 2004

72,110

67,110

5,000

July to September 2004

82,780

76,660

6,120

October to December 2004

89,830

82,720

7,110

January to March 2005

98,450

90,220

8,230

April to June 2005

106,970

97,640

9,330

July to September 2005

116,120

105,700

10,420

October to December 2005

123,490

112,110

11,380


New deal for partners
Participants in each quarter
Total First-time Repeat

April to June 2004

530

530

0

July to September 2004

1,140

1,140

0

October to December 2004

1,600

1,590

10

January to March 2005

2,110

2,100

10

April to June 2005

2,510

2,480

30

July to September 2005

2,640

2,610

30

October to December 2005

2,720

2,700

20

Notes 1. Latest complete calendar year data are to December 2005. 2. People are included in the tables as participating in a particular quarter if they are recorded as participating at any point in that quarter. People participating on the programme in more than one quarter are included in the tables in each relevant quarter. 3. Earliest available data for new deal for partners is April 2004. 4. Earliest available data for new deal 50 plus is January 2004. Source: DWP Information Directorate.

Office Closures

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which of the offices of his Department and its agencies (a) have closed over the last three years and (b) are planned for closure by 2008. [90671]


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Mrs. McGuire: The Department continually evaluates the services it provides and the offices that are required to meet its changing structure in order to deliver a better and more efficient service to customers. As part of the rationalisation of accommodation over the last three years, there has been one DWP Head Office closure in London, two in the Yorkshire and the Humber Government office region and one in the north-east Government office region. One closure is planned in London, five in the Yorkshire and the Humber Government office region, two in the north- west Government office region and three in the north- east Government region. Details have been placed in the Library.

Both Jobcentre Plus and the Pension Service are transforming and modernising the services they offer, making them more readily available through the telephone and the internet. Details of Jobcentre Plus and the Pension Service office closures have also been placed in the Library.

The Child Support Agency closed its Basingstoke Satellite Processing Centre in December 2005. The agency also intends to relinquish the Clitheroe and Blackburn Filestores on 1 October 2006.

The Disability and Carers’ Service closed the Sutton Disability Benefit Centre on 31 December 2005 and will also withdraw from the Disability Benefits Centre at Arden House, Newcastle, by 31 December 2006, with work from both offices being transferred to other existing Disability and Carers’ Service units.

Pension Credit

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people took up pension credit in East Dunbartonshire in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006. [89978]

James Purnell: The number of households in receipt of pension credit in East Dumbartonshire at February in each of the years requested is in the following table.

Date Household Recipients

February 2004

2,000

February 2005

2,320

February 2006

2.470

Notes:

1. Caseloads are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Parliamentary constituencies are assigned by matching postcodes against the 2005 postcode directory and are therefore based on the 2005 parliamentary boundaries.

3. Household recipients are those people who claim pension credit either for themselves only or on behalf of a household.

Source:

DWP 100 per cent. Department for Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.


Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are claiming pension credit in East Dunbartonshire. [89979]

James Purnell: The most recent number of households receiving pension credit in the East Dunbartonshire constituency are in the following table.


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Date Household Recipients

May 2006

2,460

Notes:

1. These figures are early estimates. The preferred data source for figures supplied by DWP is the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS). However, the figures provided are the latest available figures which are taken from the GMS scan at 26th May 2006. These are adjusted using the historical relationship between WPLS and GMS data to give an estimate of the final WPLS figure.

2. Caseloads are rounded to the nearest 10.

3 Parliamentary constituencies are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant postcode directory.

4. Household recipients are those people who claim pension credit either for themselves only or on behalf of a household.

Source:

DWP 100 per cent. data from the Generalised Matching Service (CMS) Pension Credit scan taken as at 26th May 2006.


Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the average time taken to process applications for pension credit in each year since its introduction. [90468]

James Purnell: The average time taken to process applications for pension credit in each year since its introduction is detailed in the following table.

Year end Average actual clearance time

2003-04

12.31 days

2004-05

10.30 days

2005-06

8.74 days


Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of administering pension credit in each year since its introduction. [90474]

James Purnell: The information requested is not available.

I refer the hon. Member to the response I gave to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) on 18 April 2006, Official Report, column 431W.


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