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Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of housing benefit claims there were in which the application of a non-dependant deduction from the housing benefit claim brought the household below the poverty line in 2005-06. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the ratio of claims for incapacity benefit and its predecessors to claims for jobseekers allowance and its predecessors was in each year since 1976-77. 
|Sickness benefit, invalidity benefit, incapacity benefit, severe disablement benefit, unemployment benefit, jobseekers allowance claimant count in Great Britain|
|SB/IVB/IB/SDA claimants||JSA claimants||IB claimants as a proportion of JSA claimants|
| Notes: 1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred. 2. Data are taken from one per cent and five per cent samples, and 100 per cent WPLS data five per cent samples have been uprated. 3. JSA figures are based on seasonally adjusted figures and only include claimants aged 18 & over. 4. JSA replaced Unemployment Benefit and Income Support for the unemployed in October 1996. 5. IB replaced Sickness/Invalidity Benefit in April 1995. Source: Information Directorate Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS). Information Directorate, five per cent samples. 100 per cent Count of claimants of unemployment-related benefits, Jobcentre Plus Computer Systems.|
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many recipients of incapacity benefits were receiving (a) full-time education and (b) part-time education in the most recent year for which figures are available; 
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on legal action on backdated widowers benefit (a) in the domestic courts and (b) before the European Court; and how much his Department has spent on agreed settlements in lieu of backdated widowers benefit. 
Mr. Plaskitt: We are currently developing plans for introducing a new system of child support. As part of this we are considering the most cost effective way of moving to, and administering, the new system, the level of the disregard, and the role of any charging.
We are carrying out an intensive programme of work to determine the way forward and plan to publish detailed proposals in a White Paper later this year. This will include details of the responses to the consultation which ended on 18 September.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what proportion of Child Support Agency cases non-resident parents who owe maintenance have (a) made no payments in the last six months; and (b) never made any payments. 
In reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the Child Support Agency, the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Chief Executive.
You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what proportion of Child Support Agency cases non-resident parents who owe maintenance have (a) made no payments in the last six months, and (b) never made any payments.
In the six months to June 2006, 69% of cases where maintenance was due had either received a payment via the collection service or had a Maintenance Direct arrangement in place. 31% of cases had received no payments.
Unfortunately it is not possible to provide information for part (b) for the Old Scheme as the data only goes back to August 1995 and is therefore incomplete. However, in the month ending June 2006, the Agency had received payments from 74 per cent of
cases on the new scheme where maintenance payments were due, via the collection service, or cases had Maintenance Direct arrangement in place. 26 per cent of current new scheme cases have never received any payments.
I hope you find this answer useful.
Mr. Plaskitt: We are currently developing plans for introducing a new system of child support. As part of this we are considering the most cost effective way of creating and moving to a new organisation to manage future claims for child support.
Mr. Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that the Child Support Agency takes into account dividend payments for the calculation of child maintenance payments; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Plaskitt: In April 2005, we amended Regulation 19 of the Child Support (Variations) Regulations, which apply to the new child support scheme, following representations by hon. Members, to enable dividend income paid to directors who controlled a company to be taken into account, when the payment exceeded a value of £100 a week. We believe that this change is a sufficient recognition of dividend income.
Mr. Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment the Child Support Agency makes of the lifestyle of a non-resident parent and the expected level of income to fund that lifestyle to assess whether child maintenance payment is appropriate and commensurate with the non-resident parent's lifestyle and income. 
Mr. Plaskitt: In both the old and new child support schemes a parent with care can apply for a departure from or variation to the maintenance calculation in cases where the non-resident parent seems to have a lifestyle which requires an income substantially higher than the amount of income that has been used in the maintenance calculation.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the publications his Department has issued since 1 July 2005, giving the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c) title of each publication. 
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