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Work and Pensions

Adult Dependency Allowance

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what his most recent estimate is of the number of people eligible for adult dependency allowance who have not taken up their entitlement; [117253]

(2) what steps he is taking to ensure that pensioners entitled to the adult dependency allowance are aware of it; [117252]

(3) how much his Department spent in each of the last five years for which records are available on advertising the adult dependency allowance. [117254]

James Purnell: The information on the number of people who are eligible for adult dependency increase who have not taken up their entitlement is not available.

DWP promotes adult dependency increase in a number of products but has not done any specific advertising campaign on this benefit. The Pension Service website carries full details of the adult dependency increase, including a copy of the relevant
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claim form (BF225) that can be printed off and completed by the customer.

People can get information on adult dependency increase from a number of leaflets including leaflet RM1—Retirement—A guide to benefits for people who are retiring or have retired. RM1 can be downloaded from our website:

or can be ordered by customers online, by telephone or in writing.

As part of the process for claiming state pension, customers are asked if they would like to claim additional state pension for their spouse or someone who cares for their children.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Group

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many members there are of the Ministerial Group reviewing industry policy on carbon monoxide poisoning; how many times this group has met; how much the group has cost to run; and when it is due to report. [118795]

Mrs. McGuire: The Ministerial Group has not yet met. The Group is expected to comprise Ministers from the Department for Work and Pensions, Department of Communities and Local Government, Department of Health, Department of Trade and Industry, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the devolved administrations. In preparation for the Ministerial Group’s work a supporting officials’ group has met twice.

The business of the Ministerial group will be reported on HSE’s website, as appropriate.

Carers

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many carers providing care for 20 or more hours a week are excluded from the pensions system because they are caring for people in lower rate disability living allowance. [103397]

James Purnell: The current pension system recognises those caring for 35 hours or more. Care of severely disabled people is recognised through carer’s allowance, and through home responsibilities protection although it is more likely to be awarded in respect of care of children.

Those awarded carer’s allowance get a class 1 national insurance credit which counts towards their basic state pension. Those receiving child benefit for a child under 16 get home responsibilities protection. Since 2002 those awarded carer’s allowance, and child benefit for a child under six accrue state second pension.

To be eligible for carer’s allowance or home responsibilities protection a person must be caring for someone in receipt of a qualifying disability benefit—attendance allowance, the middle or highest rate care component of disability living allowance or constant attendance allowance paid with certain industrial injuries benefits.


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Analysis of the Family Resources Survey shows that of those people who currently report they are caring for at least 20 hours a week around 120,000 are not building entitlement to the basic state pension and around 240,000 are not accruing entitlement to state second pension. It is possible that some of these people will be caring for people with lower rate disability living allowance, but due to data limitations it is not possible to say precisely how many.

Carers Allowances

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received carer’s allowance in (a) Peterborough in each year
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since 1997 and (b) in England in each year since 2004. [119368]

Mrs. McGuire: The administration of carer’s allowance is a matter for the Chief Executive of the Disability and Carers Service, Mr. Terry Moran. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Terry Moran, dated 19 February 2007:

Annex 1: Carer’s allowance?entitled cases in Peterborough
Thousand
As at May each year
2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000

Peterborough local authority

2.21

2.07

1.94

1.74

1.49

1.39

1.27

Peterborough parliamentary constituency

1.43

1.37

1.30

1.18

1.00

0.93

0.85

Notes:
Entitled cases totals show the number of people who are entitled to receive CA, including those who receive no actual payment.
Carers entitled to receive CA may be paid the benefit, or not paid it because they receive an overlapping benefit equal to or greater than their weekly rate of CA. ‘Claimant receiving benefit’ cases cannot be distinguished from ‘Entitled’ cases prior to August 2003.
Parliamentary Constituencies are those used for the Westminster Parliament.
Source:
DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.
Definitions and Conventions: Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest ten; Some additional disclosure control has also been applied.

Annex 2: Carer’s allowance in England?entitled cases and cases in payment
Thousand
As at May each year: Total entitled Entitlement only Claimant receiving benefit Entitled, payment status unknown

2006

643.09

263.91

379.18

?

2005

601.05

233.25

367.80

?

2004

558.56

208.07

350.49

?

Notes:
Entitled cases totals show the number of people who are entitled to receive CA, including those who receive no actual payment.
Carers entitled to receive CA may be paid the benefit, or not paid it because they receive an overlapping benefit equal to or greater than their weekly rate of CA. ‘Claimant receiving benefit’ cases cannot be distinguished from ‘Entitled’ cases prior to August 2003. England totals have been derived by summing individual Government Office Region totals.
Source:
DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.
Definitions and Conventions “-“ Nil or Negligible;”.” Not applicable; caseload figures are rounded to the nearest ten; Some additional disclosure control has also been applied. Totals may not sum due to rounding

Child Support Agency

Mr. David Hamilton: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many parents in Midlothian constituency have an outstanding claim being handled by the Child Support Agency. [112236]

Mr. Plaskitt: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the Chief Executive. He will write to my hon. Friend with the information requested.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty, dated 19 February 2007:


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Mr. Devine: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many parents in Livingston constituency have an outstanding claim being handled by the Child Support Agency. [117501]

Mr. Plaskitt: The administration of the Child Support Agency is the matter for the Chief Executive. He will write to my hon. Friend with the information requested.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty, dated 19 February 2007:

Children: Poverty

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on his targets to reduce child poverty. [118179]

Mr. Jim Murphy: Ministers meet with key stakeholders on a regular basis and respond to a large amount of correspondence, from various organisations and bodies, on our targets to further reduce the level of child poverty.

Children: Prisoners

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of children of prisoners who are living in poverty. [118646]

Mr. Jim Murphy [holding answer 5 February 2007]: The information requested is not available.

Consultancy Fees

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which 10 consultancy fees charged to his Department since May 1997 were the most expensive. [107178]

Mrs. McGuire: Management information records are available from April 2004 and the 10 most expensive consultancy fees charged to the Department since then are reflected in the following table. Note that the values are those on the contract documentation including any subsequent contract extensions.


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Accumulative contract value (£) Supplier Description

56,400,000

Booz Allen Hamilton

Pensions Transformation Programme "Wave 1 and 2"

48,631,534

IBM UK Ltd.

A central role in strategic planning and business change in the finance and procurement domains including support for the implementation of the finance and procurement elements of the Resource Management system. It also covered changes being made in the areas of Debt Management and the Business Information Centre

26,250,000

Capgemini UK plc

Programme Systems Delivery—Transformational design and implementation including managed service provision of interim transformation managers

25,580,918

PA Consulting Services Limited

Payment Modernisation Programme

25,000,000

Booz Allen Hamilton

Pensions Transformation Programme Design Changes Phase (1)

18,100,000

Booz Allen Hamilton

Pensions Transformation Programme Design Changes Phase (2)

9,600,000

Booz Allen Hamilton

Pensions Transformation Programme Wave 1 Operational Readiness Review Gate

9,520,000

Capgemini UK plc

HR Change Programme—Design and implementation of whole programme including processing, resource management, learning and reward management

7,965,000

Ecotec

European Social Fund, support to the EQUAL Programme including management and implementation

6,650,000

Capgemini UK plc

Disability Carers Service (DCS) Change Programme—Design and implementation of major programme change


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