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|Table B: contracted-in occupational scheme membership|
|Type of contracted-in scheme|
|Defined benefit||Defined contribution|
1. Figures are for UK and are shown in millions
2. Figures for defined contribution personal pension schemes include stakeholder pension schemes
3. Information on the number of people in contracted-in personal pension schemes is not available.
Government Actuarys Department Survey of Employers Pension Schemes, 2000, 2004 and 2005
James Purnell: The Pension Service local service was developed to provide face-to-face access for our customers, including home visits. Following a home visit, applications for pension credit are sent to the appropriate pension centre for processing. Applications for other benefits or entitlements are forwarded to the appropriate authority for consideration.
James Purnell: The Pension Service local service employs 1,728 staff to carry out home visits. Due to various working patterns such as part year contracts and reduced hours, this figure equates to 1,545.76 whole time equivalent staff.
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many home visits a member of the Pensions Service visit teams is expected to undertake on average over the course of a year. 
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the local partners with which the Pensions Service has been working in its efforts to identify harder-to-reach customers. 
James Purnell: As well as national voluntary sector organisations such as Age Concern and Help the Aged, the Pension Service also works closely with numerous local groups and representatives. As these are community based there is no definitive list held.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when (a) he and (b) his officials first learned of changes in the Budget 2007 which would affect (i) the reforms to the state second pension in the Pension Bill and (ii) his proposals for the personal accounts earnings band. 
James Purnell: In the period leading up to Budget 2007 Ministers and officials from the Department for Work and Pensions and Her Majestys Treasury were in frequent contact, including on a range of pension measures. In addition, in line with the normal Budget convention regarding tax matters, the Paymaster General wrote to DWP Ministers on Budget Day to confirm the changes. DWP and HMT officials are currently working together to implement these changes.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the merits of the use of unclaimed assets in the financial sector as a source of compensation for people who have lost pension savings as part of his review of pension scheme assets. 
James Purnell: The focus of the assets review is to examine how we make best use of the assets in pension schemes that are winding up under funded with an insolvent employer or who come within the extension for solvent employers whose schemes signed a compromise agreement. The intention of the review is to determine how these or other sources of non-public expenditure funding (that have not already been allocated) could be used to increase assistance for affected scheme members. The review will be open to any suggestions from interested and concerned parties, including those made by the hon. Member. The review will provide an initial view in the summer, consult formally in the autumn and then report by the end of the year.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of extending the level of Pension Protection Fund benefits to all those in the Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS), including those who have lost their pensions but who fall below the age cut-off for the FAS (a) in net present value terms using 2006-07 prices and (b) in cash terms for each year from 2007-08 to 2060-61; what allowance has been made in these estimates for reduced means-tested benefit payments and higher tax yields; and if he will make a statement. 
James Purnell: We estimate that it will cost £2.5 billion in net present value terms (in 2006-07 prices) over the next 60 years to extend the level of Pension Protection Fund benefits to all those in the Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS), including those who have lost their pensions but who fall below the current age cut-off for the FAS. This represents an additional £640 million in net present value terms on the costs of the extended FAS as announced in the Budget 2007.
The impact of FAS payments on means-tested benefits and income tax payments will depend on the total incomes of potential FAS recipients, which cannot be reliably projected. As a result, no allowance has been made for these in the estimates.
|Additional annual cash costs of providing PPF benefits to everyone in FAS compared to the Budget Extension|
|Cash (£ million)|
|(1) 2007-08 figure is high because it includes the cost of paying arrears for 2004-05 to 2006-07. It is assumed that the FAS Operational Unit is able to pay all those eligible for FAS as soon as they turn 65.|
These sums refer to the amount that would be required to replicateas far as possiblethe benefits the PPF provides within the administrative structures of FAS.
Costs are rounded to the nearest 1 million and expressed in 2006-07 prices.
These estimates have made no allowance for reduced means-tested benefit payments or higher tax yields
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential role of the Financial Assistance Scheme in helping occupational pension schemes in wind up to get their data department in order to accelerate the assessment phase of the process. 
James Purnell: Currently the Financial Assistance Scheme Operational Unit (FASOU) offers support and guidance to individual trustees or administrators to help improve the quality of the data being provided to them. In the last year the FASOU has visited 34 trustees and administrators, (who are responsible for over 50 per cent. of qualifying schemes) to discuss these issues and clarify FAS requirements.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2007, Official Report, column 1745W, which pension funds now eligible for the Financial Assistance Scheme had previously declared a pensions holiday. 
James Purnell: From April 2006 to March 2007 the Pension Service has provided information to employers and other pension providers to enable them to issue 4,382,761 combined pension forecasts to their employees and customers.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people retiring in the past 12 months and gaining a full retirement pension had (a) one to five, (b) six to 10 and (c) 11 to 15 years national insurance credits as a result of claiming incapacity benefit. 
Figures are not currently available on the number of people retiring over the past 12 months
and gaining a full retirement pension who have received national insurance credits as a result of claiming incapacity benefit.
The table details the number of people retiring in 2004-05, gaining a full retirement pension, having had full years national insurance credits in each qualifying year as a result of claiming incapacity benefit.
|Number of people retiring in 2004-05 gaining a full retirement pension having had national insurance credits as a result of claiming incapacity benefit|
|Number of years of credits as a result of claiming incapacity benefit||Number retiring in 2004-05 with full retirement pension|
DWP Information Directorate: Lifetime Labour Market Database 1 per cent. sample of the National Insurance Recording System.
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