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In reply to your recent Parliamentary Questions 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, what steps the Child Support Agency is taking to increase parental compliance.
The Operational Improvement Plan announced in Parliament on 9th February 2006 and launched in April 2006 aims, over the next three years, to improve our service to clients, increase the amount of money we collect and achieve greater compliance from non-resident parents. The Operational Improvement Plan can be accessed at the following location: http://www.csa.gov.uk/pdf/english/reports/oip.pdf.
The Government has also released The Child Maintenance White Paper: A New System of Child Maintenance, published on the 13th December. The White Paper sets out proposals for; greater simplification of the assessment and compliance policy; and strengthening enforcement powers still further. The White Paper can be found at http://www.dwp.gov.uk/childmaintenance/csa_report.pdf.
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Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what total amount of additional unpaid maintenance has been recovered to date as a result of the Child Support Agencys Operational Improvement plan; and if he will make a statement; 
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much unpaid maintenance has been recovered through the Child Support Agencys Operational Improvement plan; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications to the magistrates court were made to facilitate a driving disqualification by the Child Support Agency in each year for which figures are available; and how many of those applications were (a) successful and (b) issued on a suspended basis in each year. 
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in his Department received bonus payments in each of the last five years for which information is available; what proportion of the total workforce they represented; what the total amount of bonuses paid has been; what the largest single payment was in each year; and if he will make a statement. 
|Table 1: The amount paid in bonuses to DWP staff since 2002 and the numbers of staff receiving bonuses|
|Total staff receiving bonus||Proportion of total workforce (Percentage)||Total paid (£ million)||Largest payment (£)|
|Table 2: The amount paid in team bonuses to DWP staff since 2002 and the numbers of staff receiving bonuses|
|Total paid (£ million)||Total number receiving bonus|
|(1) Not applicable|
1. The information in Table 1 is based on the numbers of staff recorded on the DWP payroll systems as having received a qualifying performance mark. These are a headcount.
2. Some individuals may have received more than one type of bonus payment in any given year, which is why the information has been presented separately, and not as an aggregated total.
3. The performance bonus is paid in the financial year following the performance year of 1 April to 31 March.
4. The largest payments shown in Table 1 column 5 represent the highest performance bonus paid in the senior civil service (SCS). The largest performance bonus below the SCS was £1,750, and the largest special bonus £5,282. Both were paid in 2006-07.
5. The numbers of employees receiving a team bonus are approximations. No team bonus schemes have run since 2004-05.
Individuals may also be entitled to special bonus payments. The cost in a typical year for these bonuses is around £3 million with payments made to approximately 17,000 individuals (based on 2005-06 payments).
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent reports he has received on problems faced by parents of disabled children accessing welfare entitlement; and if he will make a statement. 
Mrs. McGuire: My Department has received a report from the Child Poverty Action Group and Contact a Family Out of ReachBenefits for disabled children which discussed the take-up of benefits for disabled children. The report will be given full consideration. My officials are in contact with the Child Poverty Action Group to discuss the issues in the report.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons in each year since 2001-02. 
Mrs. McGuire: The amount spent by the Department for Work and Pensions, including its agencies and non-departmental public bodies, on hotel and other similar privately provided accommodation for the financial years 2003-04 to 2005-06 is shown in the table:
|Hotels etc.||Spend (£ million)|
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people living abroad have been in receipt of incapacity benefit in each year since 1997; what the cost of such payments was in each year; and if he will make a statement. 
|Incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance (IB/SDA) claimants living abroad|
|Cost of incapacity benefit/severe disablement (IB/SDA) expenditure claimed by people living abroad|
1. Expenditure figures are rounded to the nearest million.
2. Caseload figures prior to May 2000 are rounded to the nearest hundred, and to the nearest 10 thereafter.
3. IB/SDA claimant figures include all IB and SDA (including IB credits only cases).
4. Caseload figures prior to May 2000 have been produced using 5 per cent. data and rated up proportionally using 100 per cent. WPLS totals.
DWP Information Directorate, Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study, 100 per cent. dataMay 2000 onwards
IAD Information Centre five per cent samples - May 1997 to May 1999
The numbers of people living abroad and receiving incapacity benefit remain at a very low level, representing less than half of 1 per cent. of the total number of people in receipt of incapacity benefits throughout the period from 1997 to 2006.
Martin Linton: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of incapacity benefit claimants whose capacity to work has been affected by smoking-related diseases. 
Mr. O'Hara: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of people who reached the first anniversary in receipt of incapacity benefit in the most recent year for which figures are available were in work (a) one year and (b) two years later; and how many there were (i) in total, (ii) aged 25 to 49 and (iii) aged over 50 years. 
|People reaching the first anniversary on incapacity benefit April 2003 to March 2004|
|Percentage||Total||Aged 25-49||Aged 50 and over|
1. Data on employment are available to 26 November 2006. As such, the latest operational year of new claimants for which (a) and (c) are answerable is April 2004 to March 2005, and the latest operational year of claims reaching their first anniversary for which (b) and (d) are answerable is April 2003 to March 2004 (and thus relates to people making a new claim during April 2002 and March 2003).
2. The figures quoted in this response come from data in the national benefits database and the work and pensions longitudinal study (WPLS).
3. Figures in this response are based upon periods of employment measured from the WPLS, which is based on data from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The figures given can only be taken as a minimum for the following (not necessarily comprehensive) reasons:
(i) Some records show that a person started or ended employment at some point in the year, but the exact date when they started or left their job is unknown, and therefore we do not know if they were employed at the points in time specified in this query.
(ii) If a person's earnings are sufficiently low that they fall below the lower income tax threshold and so are not required to pay PAYE income tax on their earnings then there is no requirement to inform HMRC of their employment (although some employers declare these jobs anyway).
(iii) These data do not include the self-employed.
(iv) Poor quality personal data may lead to missed matches with benefits data.
(v) No HMRC sensitive and secure information is supplied by HMRC (for example, HMRC employees, members of the security services).
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