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Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff are employed in each of the six Child Support Agency call centres. [123159]

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

Letter from Stephen Geraghty:

Call centres System Full-time equivalent staff

Dudley

CS2

64.84

Hastings

CS2

46.82

Falkirk

CS2

67.69

Plymouth

CS2

66.60

Birkenhead

CS2

74.69

Belfast

CS2

85.95

Liverpool

CSCS

128.90

Total call centre staff

535.49


Departmental Websites

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many users registered their details to receive e-mail updates from the Pensions Reform website in each of the last six months; and how many people are registered to receive such updates. [118768]

James Purnell: At end of January there were 3,665 subscribers to the Pensions Forum website. Figures for last six months are contained in the following table:

Period Total subscriptions

August 2006

2,292

September 2006

2,935

October 2006

3,355

November 2006

3,476

December 2006

3,640

January 2007

3,665


Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Pensions Reform blog has cost to administer since it was established. [118769]

James Purnell: The Pension Reform blog was launched on the DWP site in July 2006.

Ongoing maintenance and administration of the blog equates to half the time of a member of staff.

Employment Schemes: Costs

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average cost per unsubsidised job sustained for at least six months was of the (a) new deal for young people, (b) new deal 25 plus, (c) new deal 50 plus and (d) new deal for disabled people in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [120458]

Mr. Jim Murphy: The information is not available.


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Housing Benefit: East Sussex

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average deduction made per household from which a non-dependent deduction was made from their housing benefit entitlement was in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in the last period for which figures are available; [125453]

(2) how many households in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex were subject to non-dependent deductions from housing benefit in the last year for which figures are available. [125454]

Mr. Plaskitt: Information is not available below regional level.

National Insurance Numbers

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases have been reported of (a) an individual using more than one national insurance number and (b) a national insurance number being used by more than one individual in each year since 1997. [100475]

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases have been reported of (a) an individual using more than one national insurance number and (b) a national insurance number being used by more than one individual in each year since 1997. [102163]

Mr. Plaskitt: Cases of national insurance numbers being used by more than one individual may derive from fraud, customer error or official error; it is not possible to provide a breakdown of numbers from each cause.

Any fraud-related cases are rigorously pursed by our Fraud Investigation Service.

Information is only available from 2001 and is shown in the following tables.

Individuals found to be using more than one national insurance number
Number of cases

2001

586

2002

447

2003

303

2004

513

2005

497


Cases of a national insurance number being used by more than one individual
Number of cases

2001

2,539

2002

2,418

2003

2,533

2004

1,896

2005

1,991

Source:
Departmental Central Index front-line services.

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New Deal

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will break down the number of repeat participants by the number of times each repeated for each New Deal programme in each year since the programme started. [102115]

Mr. Jim Murphy: More than two thirds of the people who start new deal are new to the programme and, of those who have been on new deal so far this year, less than 10 per cent. have participated more than twice.
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Some people will move in and out of employment after leaving new deal, but this is inevitable in a dynamic labour market.

People who suffer long periods of unemployment can find it particularly difficult getting back to work. The longer they are unemployed, the greater the barriers are to getting work. Getting people who face such barriers into work is a considerable achievement and we are working to ensure that every new deal entrant benefits from the adviser support and advice they receive to help them find and remain in employment.

The available information is in the following tables.

New deal for young people, participants in year
Number of people who have participated
Total participants Twice Three times Four times Five times Six times Seven times Eight times

1998

214,040

1,450

10

0

0

0

0

0

1999

223,050

24,920

370

0

0

0

0

0

2000

201,500

55,640

3,650

90

0

0

0

0

2001

185,520

52,790

13,190

670

30

0

0

0

2002

184,590

46,500

18,080

2,880

170

10

0

0

2003

190,030

44,800

18,460

5,100

590

40

0

0

2004

173,090

39,310

15,820

5,100

950

90

10

0

2005

170,950

38,970

14,970

4,930

1,050

110

10

10


New deal 25-plus, participants in year
Number of people who have participated
Total participants Twice Three times Four times Five times Six times Seven times

1998

78,230

40

0

0

0

0

0

1999

148,880

20,140

90

0

0

0

0

2000

124,470

41,720

8,330

70

0

0

0

2001

124,600

28,330

10,180

1,230

20

0

0

2002

122,190

23,640

11,740

3,680

160

0

0

2003

113,930

22,710

9,660

3,360

350

30

0

2004

104,140

22,550

8,450

3,530

850

60

10

2005

89,600

19,780

7,640

3,270

1,110

100

20


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