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Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research he has commissioned into the operation of non-dependant deductions from housing benefit; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of housing benefit that was (a) overpaid and (b) underpaid due to the incorrect application of non-dependant deductions in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Plaskitt: The housing benefit review survey estimates that in 2005-06 the proportion of housing benefit expenditure overpaid due to incorrect or missing non-dependant deductions was 0.3 per cent. The equivalent figure for underpaid housing benefit expenditure was 0.1 per cent.
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many tenants are claiming local housing allowance in each of the 18 pathfinder areas; and if he will make a statement. 
|Number of tenants claiming local housing allowance in Pathfinder areas, February 2006|
|Pathfinder||Local housing allowance caseload|
1. These are the latest available validated data.
2. The reported figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.
3. The reported figures include transitionally protected cases.
4. The second wave group areas are not subject to evaluation but are assessing operational readiness.
DWP Pathfinder administrative data, February 2006.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average housing benefit payment for a (a) single pensioner, (b) married pensioner, (c) single person under pensionable age, (d) married couple under pensionable age and (e) married couple with children was in (i) 1997 and (ii) at the latest available date. 
|Average weekly amounts of housing benefit: (£ per week)|
|As at May each year:||Those aged 60 or over with no partner||Those aged 60 or over with a partner||Those aged under 60 with no partner||Those aged under 60 with a partner||Those with a partner and children|
1. The figures are based on a 1 per cent. sample and subject to a degree of sampling variation.
2. Housing benefit cases exclude extended payment cases.
3. Average amounts are shown to the nearest penny.
4. Pensioner figures refer to cases where the claimant and/or partner are aged 60 or over.
5. Figures for those under 60 refer to cases where both claimant and partner are under 60.
Housing benefit and council tax benefit management information system, annual 1 per cent. sample, taken in May 2003.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents had claimed income support for (a) up to three months, (b) between three and six months, (c) between six and 12 months, (d) between one and two years, (e) between two years and three years and (f) more than three years in each quarter since 1992. 
|Income Support lone-parent claimants in Great Britain by duration of claim: each quarter August 1999 to May 2006|
|Date||Up to 3 months||3-6 months||6-12 months||1-2 years||2-3 years||3 years and over|
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Figures do not include lone -parents whose primary entitlement to benefit is for other reasons, for example disability
100 per cent DWP Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS)
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