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|Household recipients of pension credit in Easington constituency, 2004 - 06|
|As at August each year:||Household recipients|
1. The number of households in receipt are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Household recipients are those people who claim pension credit either for themselves only or on behalf of a household.
DWP Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent data.
|Council tax benefit (CTB) recipients aged 60 and over who are owner occupiers: Great Britain, May 2004|
|Number/ P ercentage|
| Notes: 1. Caseloads and household population figures are rounded to the nearest thousand and percentages to one decimal place. 2. CTB figures are based on a one per cent sample and are therefore subject to a degree of sampling variation. 3. The data refer to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple. 4. Council Tax Benefit figures exclude any Second Adult Rebate cases. 5. Aged 60 and over figures refer to cases where the claimant and/or partner is aged 60 or over. Therefore figures may contain some claimants aged under 60 where there is a partner aged over 60. Sources: 1. Housing benefit and council tax benefit management information system, annual one per cent sample, taken in May 2004. 2. Survey of English Housing 2004-2005 (DCLG) 3. Living in Wales Survey 2004 (Welsh Assembly) 4. Scotland's Census Results Online (Scrol) 2001 (Scottish Executive)|
Mr. Touhig: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps have been taken by his Department to inform pensioners of their entitlement to (a) pension credit and (b) winter fuel allowance; and if he will make a statement. 
In addition, we are improving our service and encouraging take up by enabling new customers who call to claim their state pension to also apply for pension credit, housing benefit and council tax benefit in a single call if appropriate.
The Pension Service Local Service offers face-to-face visits to the most vulnerable pensioners during which full benefit entitlement checks are carried out. One million home visits were carried out during 2006-07.
The Pension Service Local Service is continuing to work very closely with local partners (including local authorities and voluntary organisations such as Help the Aged and Age Concern) to maximise take up of pension credit. We are widening the scope of partnership activity and expanding our current work programme with key utilities and other major companies whose customers include likely eligible non- recipients of pension credit. These activities are being supported by national press advertising to maintain the high profile of pension credit. Local marketing and media campaigns will be targeted in those regions and areas where there are relatively high numbers of eligible non-recipients.
Winter fuel payments are made to people aged 60 or over (men and women). Over 99 per cent. of the payments are made automatically without the need to claim. Some people who are not in receipt of a benefit administered by DWP need to claim. Each year we send claim forms automatically to everyone whom we
know from departmental records will be aged 60 by the end of the qualifying week and for whom we have a current address. An extensive publicity campaign begins in July and includes advertisements in both regional and national newspapers.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of (a) all people, (b) children, (c) working age disabled people and (d) disabled children in London were living in severe low income (defined as less than 40 per cent. of contemporary median income) in each year since 1996-97. 
Mr. Jim Murphy: In our Green Paper A new deal for welfare: Empowering people to work we said that there may be advantages in moving in the longer term towards a single system of benefits for all people of working age. We will consider the issues further in the light of David Freuds report and recommendations. No specific options have been discussed with commercial organisations.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what further consideration he has given to the introduction of a work-related activity premium for lone parents with older children, as proposed in the Welfare Reform Green Paper. 
Mr. Jim Murphy: Following the publication of reports by Lisa Harker and David Freud, we are reconsidering our welfare reform proposals to ensure we have consistent and effective policies to tackle child poverty. We still feel that the Work Related Activity Premium (WRAP) could be a powerful incentive to help lone parents prepare for work and we are now looking at ways of incorporating the premium in our evolving plans for lone parents and poorer families.
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women reaching age 60 in 2005 are recorded as having at least one year of Home Responsibilities Protection which (a) did not coincide with a year which qualified for a retirement pension on the basis of contributions or credits, (b) did coincide with such a year and (c) coincided with a year in which there was a Class 1 reduced rate National Insurance election. 
(a) Around 180,000 are recorded as having at least one year of Home Responsibilities Protection which did not coincide with a year which qualified for basic state pension on the basis of contributions and/or credits.
(b) Around 140,000 women are recorded as having at least one year of Home Responsibilities Protection which did coincide with a year which qualified for basic state pension on the basis of contributions and/or credits.
(c) Finally, around 60,000 are recorded as having at least one year of Home Responsibilities Protection which coincided with a year in which there was a class 1 reduced rate national insurance election.
Additionally, the figures in the response are based on information available for women aged 58 in 2003-04, since these women are aged 60 in 2005-06. No allowance has been made for deaths between 2003-04 and 2005-06.
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10,000.
2. Figures refer to women living in the UK and overseas.
Lifetime Labour Market Database 2, 2006 release.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people of working age were out of employment in each year since 1977-78, broken down by (a) unemployed, (b) lone parents on income support, (c) those on incapacity benefit, (d) retired people and (e) other; and if he will make a statement. 
|Working age claimants of out-of-work benefits by statistical group, Great Britain: as at August each year 1999 to 2006|
|Job seekers||Incapacity benefits||Lone parents||Others|
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10; totals may not sum due to rounding.
2. Out-of-work benefits are jobseeker's allowance (JSA), income support (IS)/pension credit (for males aged 60 to 64 from October 2003), incapacity benefit (IB) and severe disablement allowance (SDA).
3. Jobseekers are recipients of jobseeker's allowance.
4. Incapacity benefits" are recipients of incapacity benefit (IB) or severe disablement allowance, including those in receipt of IB credits-only.
5. Lone parents are single recipients of income support with a child under 16.
6. Others are other recipients of out-of-work" benefits not included in the other three columns.
DWP Information Directorate, Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS) 100 per cent. data.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what procedures are in place to allow people to claim the winter fuel allowance retrospectively in cases where they had not been notified of its availability; 
James Purnell: Over 99 per cent. of winter fuel payments are made automatically without the need for a claim as we hold sufficient information on our benefit systems to identify the vast majority of eligible people. Some people who are not in receipt of a benefit administered by DWP need to claim. Each year we send claim forms automatically to everyone who is not in receipt of a benefit administered by DWP, but whom we know from departmental records, will be aged 60 by the end of the qualifying week and where we have a current address. We also run an extensive publicity campaign which begins in July and includes advertisements in both regional and national newspapers. Information on winter fuel payments is also included in a number of leaflets including Are you over 50? and The Pensioner's Guide, as well as a specific winter fuel payment leaflet and on The Pension Service website at
Claims for the years 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-2000 may still be made. Payments were originally made during these years to people receiving specified benefits only. Following a change in the rules in 2000, payments became available to people aged 60 or over regardless of whether they were receiving a benefit. This also applied to the earlier years and therefore no time limits were imposed for claims for these years. Time limits for claiming winter fuel payments apply from winter 2000-01 onwards and for people who need to claim, claim forms are available from July for the oncoming winter. In order to be successful, claims must be
submitted by 30 March the following year. Any claims received after the cut off date will be disallowed. There is a right of appeal against any disallowance decision.
1. Figures rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Parliamentary constituencies are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant ONS postcode directory.
3. Figures for 2006-07 refer only to the main payment run so they do not include the late payment run figures. We estimate that there are approximately 100,000 people in Great Britain paid in late payment runs (0.8 per cent. of all payments). Since most of the payment runs are to people who are not receiving another benefit from DWP and whose claims had not been received by the qualifying week, most are men aged 60 to 64.
Information directorate 100 per cent. data.
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