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Month Participants Of which: had previously engaged with Employment Zone programme

April 2000

980

May 2000

2,050

June 2000

3,740

July 2000

6,380

August 2000

9,560

September 2000

13,130

October 2000

15,800

November 2000

18,270

December 2000

19,960

January 2001

21,330

February 2001

22,890

March 2001

24,340

April 2001

24,280

May 2001

24,090

June 2001

24,350

July 2001

22,910

340

August 2001

21,780

1,110

September 2001

20,920

1,900

October 2001

20,470

2,590

November 2001

19,900

3,630

December 2001

18,710

4,220

January 2002

17,850

4,850

February 2002

17,340

5,280

March 2002

17,070

5,550

April 2002

16,570

5,610

May 2002

16,120

5,680

June 2002

16,140

5,840

July 2002

15,760

5,830

August 2002

15,240

5,720

September 2002

15,450

5,880

October 2002

15,600

6,040

November 2002

16,180

6,700

December 2002

16,190

6,970

January 2003

16,710

7,570

February 2003

17,490

8,110

March 2003

18,370

8,700

April 2003

18,650

8,970

May 2003

18,450

8,920

June 2003

19,130

9,230

July 2003

19,360

9,260

August 2003

19,570

9,070

September 2003

19,890

9,030

October 2003

19,940

8,920

November 2003

19,760

8,720

December 2003

19,160

8,410

January 2004

18,750

8,110

February 2004

18,880

8,040

March 2004

19,230

8,080

April 2004

19,230

7,980

May 2004

19,060

7,610

June 2004

19,090

7,390

July 2004

18,700

6,880

August 2004

18,810

6,680

September 2004

19,190

6,520

October 2004

19,690

6,470

November 2004

19,880

6,390

December 2004

19,440

6,080

January 2005

19,820

6,140

February 2005

20,990

6,470

March 2005

22,210

6,880

April 2005

23,490

7,290

May 2005

24,170

7,570

June 2005

24,800

7,800

July 2005

22,010

6,440

August 2005

22,610

6,640

September 2005

23,270

6,930

October 2005

23,950

7,120

November 2005

24,580

7,400

December 2005

24,490

7,470

January 2006

24,830

7,630

February 2006

25,370

7,880

March 2006

26,580

8,320

April 2006

27,150

8,550

May 2006

27,560

8,710

June 2006

28,180

8,940

July 2006

29,050

9,370

August 2006

28,440

9,390

September 2006

27,200

9,220

October 2006

26,860

9,110

— = Number is nil or negligible.
Notes:
1. Latest data is to October 2006.
2. People can be, and will be, included as participating in more than one month if the time spent on Employment Zones exceeded one month.
3. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
Source:
Information Directorate, Department for Work and Pensions.

Housing Benefit

Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made an assessment of the cost of disregarding child benefit as income in claims for housing benefit and for tax credits. [128413]

Mr. Plaskitt: The estimated yearly cost of disregarding child benefit as income for housing and council tax benefit would be £300 million (housing benefit £220 million and council tax benefit £80 million).


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Child benefit is not taken into account as income when assessing entitlement to tax credits.

Housing Benefit: Homeless Households

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to the housing benefit subsidy for homeless households in temporary accommodation on the availability of licensed and short-term leased accommodation. [128421]

Mr. Plaskitt: The subsidy system remains generous and the changes still allow for good quality accommodation to be procured.

Local authorities in London should be able to continue to secure good-quality leased temporary accommodation and meet all their reasonable costs within the limits of the existing subsidy system. The accommodation procured should still therefore be cost- neutral to the local authorities and there will be no need to move homeless households to cheaper accommodation.

There is no evidence that local authorities will be unable to procure sufficient leased accommodation within the new subsidy levels to meet their temporary accommodation needs.

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to require homeless families to pay a share of the (a) housing and (b) management costs of their temporary accommodation from income support and jobseeker’s allowance. [128422]

Mr. Plaskitt: We are currently working with Communities and Local Government, and the devolved administrations, to develop proposals which separate costs for the rent and management of temporary accommodation. Our objectives are to reflect reasonable rent and management costs and support people in temporary accommodation until a permanent solution becomes available.

We have no plans to require people to pay these costs from their income support or jobseeker’s allowance.


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