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Members: Correspondence

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for North Norfolk of 23 June 2006 on behalf of his constituent Barbara Randle, passed from the Department for Education and Skills to his Department for response. [124657]

Beverley Hughes: I have been asked to reply.

I responded to the hon. Member on 16 March.

New Deal for Young People

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have graduated from the New Deal for Young People to the New Deal 25 plus without having left the New Deal for Young People or jobseekers' allowance between their 18th and 25th birthdays. [126207]

Mr. Jim Murphy [holding answer 8 March 2007]: The number of people who are recorded as moving directly from New Deal for Young People (NDYP) to New Deal 25 plus without having left NDYP or jobseeker's allowance between their 18 and 25 birthdays is nil.

Pension Credit: Tamworth

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents in each electoral ward in Tamworth constituency receive pension credit. [128338]

James Purnell: The information is in the following table.


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Pension credit recipients in Tamworth constituency—August 2006
Ward names Household recipients

Bourne Vale

50

Fazeley

275

Little Aston

50

Mease and Tame

125

Shenstone

120

Stonnall

45

Amington

280

Belgrave

265

Bolehill

430

Castle

525

Glascote

315

Mercian

425

Spital

390

Stonydelph

235

Trinity

250

Wilnecote

235

Tamworth constituency

4,020

Notes:
1. The number of households in receipt are rounded to a multiple of five. Totals may not sum to area totals.
2. Household recipients are those people who claim pension credit either for themselves only or on behalf of a household.
3. Wards are based on 2003 ward boundaries.
Source:
DWP Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. data

Personal Accounts Delivery Authority: Public Appointments

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost has been of the human resources consultancy work being performed for his Department in the search for the (a) chairman and (b) chief executive of the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority. [125457]

Mrs. McGuire: The contract for the recruitment of the chairman and chief executive for the proposed Personal Accounts Delivery Authority was procured through the Cabinet Office framework for services of this type: this framework was let upon the principles of fair and open competition.

The Department considers the exact cost of the recruitment agency to be commercial in confidence on the basis that this would harm the competitive position of the successful bidder in future public sector bids were their market competitors to understand their costs for this contract.

The information is therefore withheld under Part II of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information exemption category 13—Third party's commercial confidences.

Social Security Benefits: Disabled People

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received income support on grounds of incapacity in each of the last three years for which figures are available. [127243]

Mrs. McGuire: The available information is in the following table.

The number of people receiving income support on the grounds of incapacity in Great Britain; each August 2004 to 2006.

2004

1,215,130

2005

1,198,040

2006

1,196,690

Note: Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. Source: DWP Information Directorate, Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent data.

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who receive incapacity benefit are also in receipt of (a) income support, (b) housing benefit and (c) council tax benefit. [127244]

Mrs. McGuire: The most recent available information for each benefit is in the following tables.
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The number of incapacity benefit claimants in Great Britain who are in receipt of income support: August 2006.

Incapacity benefit with income support

1,025,750

Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. 2. Incapacity benefit figures include credits only cases. Source: DWP Information Directorate, Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent data.

Housing benefit and council tax benefit recipients also t also in receipt of incapacity benefit: Great Britain May 2003

Housing benefit

396,000

Council tax benefit

498,000

Notes: 1. Caseloads are rounded to the nearest thousand. 2. The data refers to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple. 3. Housing Benefit figures exclude any extended payment cases. 4. Council Tax Benefit figures exclude any second adult rebate cases. Source: Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System, Annual 1 per cent sample, taken in May 2003.

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of severe disablement allowance in each of the last three years for which figures are available. [127245]

Mrs. McGuire: The available information is in the following table.

The number of severe disablement allowance claimants in Great Britain; each August 2004 to 2006.

2004

302,730

2005

289,590

2006

277,020

Note: Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. Source: DWP Information Directorate, Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent data.


Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who receive severe disablement allowance also receive (a) income support, (b) housing benefit and (c) council tax benefit. [127246]

Mrs. McGuire: The most recent available information for each benefit is in the following tables:

The number of severe disablement allowance claimants in Great Britain who are in receipt of income support: August 2006.

Severe disablement allowance with income support

170,950

Notes: 1.Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. Source: DWP Information Directorate, Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent data.

Housing benefit and council tax benefit recipients also in receipt of severe disablement allowance: Great Britain, May 2003

Housing benefit

112,000

Council tax benefit

97,000

Notes: 1. Caseloads are rounded to the nearest thousand. 2. The data refers to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple. 3. Housing benefit figures exclude any extended payment cases. 4. Council tax benefit figures exclude any second adult rebate cases. Source: Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System, Annual 1 per cent. sample, taken in May 2003.


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Social Security Benefits: Lone Parents

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of lone parents were (a) in employment and (b) on out of work benefits in each quarter since 1992. [128547]

Mr. Jim Murphy [holding answer 19 March 2007]: The available information is in the tables.

Lone parents in employment in Great Britain; spring quarters 1992 to 2006
Quarter Lone parent employment rate (percentage) Number in employment

Spring 1992

40.7

488,000

Spring 1993

40.8

511,000

Spring 1994

41.8

572,000

Spring 1995

42.3

626,000

Spring 1 996

44.1

688,000

Spring 1997

45.3

696,000

Spring 1998

46.6

764,000

Spring 1999

48.4

806,000

Spring 2000

51.2

832,000

Spring 2001

51.5

859,000

Spring 2002

53.3

923,000

Spring 2003

53.1

923,000

Spring 2004

54.3

972,000

Spring 2005

56.6

1,014,000

Spring 2006

56.6

1,008,000

Source:
Labour Force Survey Spring Quarters 1992-2006


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Lone parents on out-of-work benefits in Great Britain: each quarter, May 1995 to August 2006

Number

1995

May

1,117,500

August

1,131,100

November

1,126,800

1996

February

1,128,300

May

1,130,400

August

1,134,000

November

1,112,000

1997

February

1,114,900

May

1,110,400

August

1,110,100

November

1,078,400

1998

February

1,070,200

May

1,061,100

August

1,057,100

November

1,039,800

1999

February

1,045,400

May

1,043,300

August

1,050,700

November

1,038,400

2000

February

1,029,900

May

1,022,500

August

1,026,200

November

1,007,700

2001

February

1,010,300

May

1,005,200

August

1,011,100

November

983,500

2002

February

980,600

May

979,000

August

986,400

November

967,500

2003

February

965,400

May

978,100

August

993,400

November

965,500

2004

February

970,300

May

963,600

August

963,500

November

945,800

2005

February

949,000

May

940,800

August

944,600

November

931,800

2006

February

934,600

May

934,500

August

897,900

Notes:
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.
2. “Out-of-work benefits” includes income support, job seeker’s allowance, incapacity benefit and severe disability allowance.
Source:
5 per cent. DWP administrative data

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