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Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of incapacity benefit claimants receive benefit after (a) self-assessment, (b) GP referral, (c) independent medical assessment, (d) provision of additional information, (e) non fee-paying referral and (f) using form IB85. 
Mrs. McGuire: The information is not available in the format requested. For the available information, I refer the hon. Member to the written answer I gave on 15 May 2007, Official Report, column 640W.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many sanctions were imposed in Pathways to Work areas on incapacity benefit claimants who missed their (a) first, (b) second and (c) third work-focused interview for each quarter since 1997. 
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims there were for occupational deafness from employees in the music and entertainment industry in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what date notice was given to Land Securities Trillium of the intention to vacate the Christchurch premises of Jobcentre Plus. 
Mr. Jim Murphy: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus, Lesley Strathie. I have asked her to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question asking on what date notice was given to Land Securities Trillium of the intention to vacate the Christchurch premises of Jobcentre Plus. This is something which falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
I can confirm that we have not given notice to Land Security Trillium to vacate the Premises as we are still in the consultation period. This runs from 21 May for a 6-week period following which the findings will be communicated.
David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will hold discussions with the chief executive of Jobcentre Plus on making all jobcentre customer telephone lines freephone numbers. 
Mrs. McGuire: The Secretary of State regularly meets the chief executive of Jobcentre Plus. Late last year we agreed to Jobcentre Plus proposals for introducing 0800 numbers for all claims for benefit. This service is currently being rolled out nationally. Jobcentre Plus continues to use 0845 numbers for benefit enquiries and local geographic numbers for contacting jobcentres. We will keep under review the use of all these numbers.
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your questions asking how Jobcentre Plus monitors and assesses the literacy and numeracy of customers; and what steps are taken by Jobcentre Plus to ensure that written advice on benefit suspensions and sanctions are understood by people with low literacy skills. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
Customers claiming Jobseekers Allowance are screened for a potential basic skills need as part of the personal adviser interview after six months unemployment. Customers are asked to complete the Basic Skills Agency Fast Track Assessment and those with a skills need are given information, advice and guidance about the importance of basic skills in terms of finding a job and how to get a more detailed assessment and further help if needed. The outcome of the screening process is recorded on our Labour Market System.
From the outset of the claim and throughout all our face-to-face contacts, customers receive information about what they must do to receive payment of Jobseekers Allowance as well as the support we will provide to help them look for work. These requirements are first explained at the new jobseeker interview when a personal adviser will discuss and agree with the customer their job goals and those steps that, if taken, will offer the best chance of success. The adviser also tells the customer they must attend the Jobcentre for regular jobsearch reviews and that failure to attend or not being able to show they have been actively seeking work will affect payment of benefit. This information is reiterated in the Jobseekers Agreement and the JCP40 signing booklet, both of which are issued to the customer.
Where there is a subsequent doubt about entitlement to Jobseekers Allowance, the adviser will give a clear explanation to the customer, telling them what happens next and how their benefit could be affected. As part of this we are required to issue written notifications, but these are not issued without a full explanation to ensure that the customer understands. The adviser will explain the decision-making process, the outcome of which will be notified in writing. However, as part of the initial referral process, the customer will be advised to contact the Jobcentre if they want a personal explanation of the decision and the appeals process.
I hope this reply is helpful.
Mr. Plaskitt: As at April 2007, there were 2,780 people claiming jobseeker's allowance in the Edmonton parliamentary constituency. As at November 2006, there were 4,910 people claiming incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance in the Edmonton parliamentary constituency. Both figures are the most recent available information.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new national insurance numbers were issued to non-UK citizens resident in Peterborough city council area in each year since 2004; and if he will make a statement. 
|Registrations for national insurance numbers from non-UK citizens in Peterborough city council area|
1. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Numbers are based on 100 per cent. data from the National Insurance Recording System (NIRS).
100 per cent. sample at 17 June 2006 from the National Insurance Recording System (NIRS).
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Department has spent on (a) legal fees, (b) consultants, (c) special advisers and (d) other costs in relation to the High Court case concerning the Governments response to the Parliamentary Ombudsmans ruling on the case of lost occupational pensions; and if he will make a statement. 
James Purnell: The Department has spent some £66,000 to date on legal fees in relation to the High Court case. No consultants or special advisers were employed by the Department on this case and other costs, principally civil servants salaries, are incorporated into normal departmental staff costs.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written statement of 28 March 2007, Official Report, columns 113-14WS, on occupational pensions, what the evidential basis is for his estimate that providing benefits of 80 per cent. of core pension rights to members of affected pension schemes will cost £8 billion in cash terms and £1.9 billion in net present value terms. 
James Purnell: In order to determine the likely cost of the Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS), data were collected on the numbers and characteristics of 380 affected pension schemes and specific data were collected on some 1,300 members of a smaller number of these schemes expected to be representative of the overall eligible membership. These sample data have then been fed into an actuarial model developed by the Government Actuary's Department to generate detailed time profiles of costs.
The actuarial model calculates the amount of pension that would be paid in each year to each individual in the sample, reflecting the design of the FAS. The key pieces of information used to calculate these costs are age, retirement age, accrued pension, percentage of pension lost and the likely longevity of eligible members and any survivors. The results, in terms of likely cash flow in each year, are scaled up to the level of the total assumed numbers of affected scheme members.
The main assumptions used in the calculations, based on the best available evidence, are as follows: 125,000 eligible pensioner and non-pensioner members; an average funding level of schemes in respect of non-pensioner members of 30 to 35 per cent.
An average accrued pension for non-pensioner members of £3,300 per year; and longevity estimates from standard tables from the UK actuarial profession's Continuous Mortality Investigation, based on the longevity experienced by pensioners whose pensions are secured with insurance companies.
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pension credit application forms have been downloaded from the pension credit website in each month since the service has been provided. 
|Pension credit application forms downloaded from the Pension Service website|
DWPE Communications Team, monthly Webtrends report issued by the Pension Service website.
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pension tracing application forms have been requested (a) on the pensions tracing application form telephone number 0845 6002 537 and (b) in total in each month since the service has been offered. 
James Purnell: The Pension Tracing Service does not collect statistics on the number of pension tracing application forms that are requested from the telephone number 0845 6002 537 or issued via other methods of distribution.
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