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National Insurance: Fraud

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of fraudulent applications for national insurance numbers in each of the last four years; and if he will make a statement. [132087]

Mr. Plaskitt: The information is not available in the format requested. Information regarding the number of applications for national insurance number applications refused where there was a doubt about the identity of the individual is in the following table:

A pplications for national insurance numbers refused due to doubt about the identity of an individual
Number

2003-04

419

2004-05

574

2005-06

772

2006-07

1,020


Pay: Females

Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer question 123623, on women's earnings, tabled by the hon. Member for Northavon on 21 February. [129409]

James Purnell [holding answer 26 March 2007]: I replied to the hon. Member on 29 March 2007, Official Report, column 1717W.

Pensions: Automated Credit Transfer

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners received their pension (a) via direct debit into their bank accounts and (b) through Post Office accounts in the latest month for which data are available. [136357]

Mr. Plaskitt: The following table shows how many pensioners received their state retirement pension (a) via Direct Payment into their bank accounts and (b) through Post Office card accounts in March 2007.


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Number

Direct Payment

7,736,200

Post Office card account

1,761,930

Notes:
1. Figures have been provided by DWP Information Directorate
2. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
3. Figures are taken from the latest available data at 17 March 2007.
4. Figures only relate to accounts live and in payment on the specified date.
5. People with more than one benefit account paid through POca are counted more than once.

Remploy: Consultants

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost has been since 2001 of consultants hired to report on Remploy. [133083]

Mrs. McGuire: Excluding public appointment recruitment costs, since 2001 the Department has spent £987,193 on consultants hired to report on Remploy.

Excluding public relations and recruitment costs, Remploy has spent £92,115.

Social Security Benefits

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were on benefits in each of the last 15 years. [134487]

Mr. Plaskitt: The information is not available in the format requested. Consistent time-series figures are not available prior to 1999 other than for housing benefit and council tax benefit. It is not possible to remove the overlap between housing benefit, council tax benefit, and other DWP benefits. The available information is in the following tables.

Working age client group caseload by statistical group in Great Britain as at August each year
Job seeker Incapacity benefits Lone parent Carer

1999

1,199,720

2,655,390

945,060

316,020

2000

1,040,250

2,714,850

920,100

309,530

2001

935,920

2,763,800

900,220

323,940

2002

919,220

2,769,620

875,040

340,000

2003

880,120

2,777,170

851,730

350,520

2004

798,290

2,775,050

818,100

360,170

2005

856,300

2,725,540

789,350

364,800

2006

931,450

2,683,130

783,190

369,520



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Others on income related benefit Disabled Bereaved Unknown

1999

222,440

210,240

2000

198,220

205,330

2001

176,980

192,340

2002

168,810

250,120

190,100

2003

156,840

270,540

170,070

2004

159,610

289,510

151,710

2005

153,630

305,620

138,050

2006

153,000

318,970

125,960

Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. 2. Statistical group is a hierarchical variable. A person will only appear first group for which they are eligible; for example, a claimant receiving both jobseekers allowance and disability living allowance would be counted in “jobseeker” and not “disabled”. 3. “Job seeker” means those claiming jobseeker's allowance. 4. “Incapacity benefits” means those claiming incapacity benefit or disability living allowance. 5. “Lone parent” means those claiming income support with a dependant child under 16 and no partner. 6. “Carer” means those entitled to carer's allowance. 7. “Other income-related benefit” means those on income support or pension credit not in higher groups. 8. “Disabled” means those entitled to disability living allowance or attendance allowance. 9. “Bereaved” means those entitled to bereavement benefit or widow's benefit. 10. “Unknown” means those not in higher group (prior to 2002 it is not possible to split the disabled and bereaved categories). 11. Figures for carer's allowance and disability living allowance include those cases with entitlement but where payment is suspended (for example, because the claimant is in hospital). Source: DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study

Pension age client group caseloads in receipt of key benefits in Great Britain; as at November each year
Number

1999

10,338,400

2000

10,366,900

2001

10,441,900

Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred. 2. “Key Benefits” are attendance allowance, disability living allowance, incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance, minimum income guarantee, and state pension. 3. Incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance and state pension claimants living overseas are not included. Source: Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate, five per cent sample.

Pension age client group caseloads Great Britain and overseas; as at November each year
Number

2002

11,383,960

2003

11,515,970

2004

11,668,110

2005

11,786,580

2006

11,896,500

Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. 2. Client group benefits include: attendance allowance; bereavement benefit; carer's allowance; disability living allowance; incapacity benefit; severe disablement allowance; income support; minimum income guarantee; pension credit; state pension; and widow's benefit. 3. Figures for carer's allowance and disability living allowance include those cases with entitlement but where payment is suspended (for example, because the claimant is in hospital). Source: DWP Information Directorate, 100 per cent Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.


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Housing benefit and council tax benefit caseloads by whether other income-related benefits are in payment in Great Britain; as at August each year
Housing benefit Council tax benefit
Without IS/JSA/PC With IS/JSA/PC Without IS/JSA/PC With IS/JSA/PC

1992

1,691,920

2,646,010

2,748,920

3,904,570

1993

1,667,470

2,911,760

2,255,660

3,144,240

1994

1,624,370

3,043,090

2,144,000

3,408,260

1995

1,613,530

3,138,240

2,086,400

3,537,980

1996

1,642,190

3,119,310

2,032,120

3,564,030

1997

1,620,900

2,971,020

2,010,300

3,436,500

1998

1,600,520

2,824,690

1,989,160

3,291,790

1999

1,507,310

2,736,100

1,892,690

3,190,680

2000

1,364,940

2,603,310

1,712,880

3,043,370

2001

1,238,280

2,629,200

1,557,790

3,110,680

2002

1,154,980

2,643,780

1,452,430

3,137,260

2003

1,095,560

2,718,010

1,421,140

3,231,730

2004

1,074,320

2,869,270

1,434,360

3,458,250

2005

1,095,520

2,885,500

1,471,290

3,526,670

2006

1,102,070

2,922,210

1,480,840

3,606,810

Notes: 1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. 2. Figures are for benefit units, which may be a single person or couple. 3. Housing benefit figures exclude extended payment cases. 4. Council tax benefit figures exclude any second adult rebate cases. 5. Figures for any non-responding local authorities have been estimated. 6. “IS” means income support. 7. “JSA” means income-based jobseeker’s allowance. 8. “PC” means pension credit. 9. Pension credit was introduced in October 2003, prior to that pensioners received income support or minimum income guarantee. 10. Income support for the unemployed was replaced by income-based jobseeker’s allowance in October 1996. Source: Housing benefit and council tax benefit management information system quarterly 100 per cent. caseload stock-count taken in August 1992 to August 2006.

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