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Housing Benefit: Reform

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress the Department is making in implementing the modernisation of housing benefit; and if he will make a statement. [124078]

Mr. Plaskitt: The next major housing benefit modernisation measures are contained in the Welfare Reform Bill. Included in the Bill are powers to facilitate the national rollout of the local housing allowance, to direct whom housing benefit should be paid to in the social sector and to modernise extended payment provisions. The Bill is currently progressing through the House of Lords, where it entered Grand Committee on 20 February.

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the current status of plans to reform housing benefit is; and when evidence will be available from the pilot areas. [127158]


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Mr. Plaskitt: The next major housing benefit modernisation measures are contained in the Welfare Reform Bill. The Bill has reached the final stages in the House of Lords.

Evaluation was carried out over the full Pathfinders’ period of October 2003 to February 2006 and 13 evaluation reports have been published so far. The final evaluation reports will be published in summer 2007.

Immigration Crime Partnerships

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Home Office on the creation of immigration crime partnerships; and if he will make a statement. [127967]

Mr. Plaskitt: Officials from DWP and the Home Office have regular discussions on a range of issues. Ongoing dialogue will include the development of immigration crime partnerships as announced in the Home Office paper “Enforcing the Rules” published on 7 March 2007.

National Insurance

Mr. Rogerson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers were noted as inaccurately matched to a given name in the last year for which figures are available. [129385]

Mr. Plaskitt: The information is not available.

National Insurance: EC Nationals

Mr. Binley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers have been issued in Northamptonshire to non-UK nationals since EU enlargement. [127903]

Mr. Plaskitt: The available information is that since 1 May 2004, 13,040 non-UK nationals have registered for a national insurance number in Northamptonshire.

New Deal Schemes

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) participated in the New Deal for Lone Parents (NDLP), (b) were participating in the NDLP for the second or more time and (c) gained employment as a result of their participation in the NDLP in each month since 1997. [125811]

Mr. Jim Murphy: New deal for lone parents is a voluntary programme. Since October 1998, it has helped more than 482,000 lone parents into work. If lone parents choose to participate for a second or subsequent time in the programme, it indicates that they have previously found it helpful and likely to increase their chances of finding work.

The information is in the following table


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New deal for lone parents
Month Participants O f which : participating for second or more time People gaining employment

November 1998

10,820

0

1,220

December 1998

13,070

10

830

January 1999

19,390

80

1,480

February 1999

27,230

150

1,990

March 1999

35,560

260

2,460

April 1999

39,990

420

3,170

May 1999

42,490

570

2,760

June 1999

43,680

750

2,640

July 1999

45,350

1,080

2,910

August 1999

46,350

1,400

2,180

September 1999

50,220

1,950

3,270

October 1999

54,770

2,610

5,490

November 1999

56,190

2,930

4,810

December 1999

51,650

2,830

2,890

January 2000

53,230

3,350

3,290

February 2000

56,700

3,900

3,670

March 2000

60,410

4,480

5,060

April 2000

61,740

4,740

3,680

May 2000

62,800

5,140

3,900

June 2000

63,450

5,590

4,920

July 2000

63,430

5,850

3,760

August 2000

62,810

6,040

3,470

September 2000

65,580

6,770

6,030

October 2000

65,930

7,170

5,000

November 2000

64,520

7,330

5,150

December 2000

60,670

7,000

3,940

January 2001

61,580

7,560

3,620

February 2001

62,560

7,970

3,810

March 2001

63,380

8,330

5,140

April 2001

61,760

8,360

4,170

May 2001

60,890

8,510

4,160

June 2001

60,670

9,020

4,990

July 2001

60,460

9,310

3,880

August 2001

60,530

9,720

4,400

September 2001

62,130

10,440

5,880

October 2001

60,480

10,430

5,840

November 2001

61,220

10,900

7,190

December 2001

59,240

10,680

3,360

January 2002

61,790

11,600

4,060

February 2002

65,100

12,680

4,780

March 2002

68,930

13,760

6,380

April 2002

69,760

14,380

5,290

May 2002

72,920

15,670

7,030

June 2002

74,660

16,440

5,250

July 2002

76,100

17,070

5,200

August 2002

76,340

17,580

6,600

September 2002

81,440

19,510

8,200

October 2002

82,430

20,060

7,210

November 2002

81,460

20,300

8,000

December 2002

77,450

19,500

3,360

January 2003

79,070

20,440

5,210

February 2003

80,720

21,330

4,590

March 2003

81,830

22,050

4,860

April 2003

82,170

22,650

4,540

May 2003

82,600

23,310

6,320

June 2003

84,270

24,250

5,550

July 2003

84,560

24,720

5,190

August 2003

84,710

25,070

5,840

September 2003

88,190

26,400

8,400

October 2003

90,320

27,220

9,750

November 2003

89,930

27,420

7,460

December 2003

85,830

26,310

4,620

January 2004

86,990

27,340

6,580

February 2004

89,070

28,560

5,930

March 2004

89,940

29,390

6,610

April 2004

88,780

29,320

7,470

May 2004

87,670

29,470

6,650

June 2004

85,680

29,050

6,000

July 2004

82,610

28,460

6,990

August 2004

80,380

27,980

5,300

September 2004

80,360

28,370

8,290

October 2004

81,040

28,930

10,630

November 2004

79,260

28,720

8,310

December 2004

72,660

26,610

5,250

January 2005

73,980

27,620

5,560

February 2005

74,600

28,470

6,220

March 2005

74,000

28,790

5,330

April 2005

72,970

28,960

7,260

May 2005

70,680

28,360

6,150

June 2005

68,670

27,650

5,340

July 2005

66,980

27,430

5,810

August 2005

65,680

27,230

4,390

September2005

68,180

28,530

8,660

October 2005

68,180

28,470

6,880

November 2005

67,120

28,130

6,580

December 2005

62,410

26,260

4,360

January 2006

63,100

26,680

4,230

February 2006

64,140

27,160

4,800

March 2006

63,450

27,020

6,220

April 2006

60,700

25,890

4,350

May 2006

58,300

24,910

4,290

June 2006

56,870

24,350

4,810

July 2006

54,910

23,590

3,510

August 2006

53,040

22,910

3,270

Notes: 1. Data is available from Nov 1998. 2. Latest data is to August 2006. 3. People can be, and will be, included as participating in more than one month if the time spent on New Deal for Lone Parents exceeded one month. 4. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. Source: Information Directorate, Department for Work and Pensions.

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