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Employment Schemes: Advertising

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in which publications his Department will be placing advertising as part of the Employability Initiative. [146847]

Mrs. McGuire: The Employ Ability campaign will be piloted in four cities before further rollout across the UK next year. These cities are Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Bradford. Our primary target audience is small to medium sized employers.

The Employ Ability campaign is still in development stages and media plans have not been fully finalised. The following regional publications have been provisionally chosen for their relevance with our target audience:

It should be noted that these titles may be subject to change.


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Incapacity Benefit

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) England and (b) Milton Keynes claimed incapacity benefits in each year between 1995 and 2007. [146672]

Mrs. McGuire: The available information is in the following table.

Number of incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance claimants in England and Milton Keynes local authority
Quarter ending November each year Milton Keynes England

1995

6,400

2,234,800

1996

6,500

2,233,100

1997

6,600

2,235,200

1998

6,600

2,188,900

1999

6,750

2,167,270

2000

6,950

2,191,270

2001

7,150

2,216,880

2002

7,310

2,246,080

2003

7,530

2,256,890

2004

7,840

2,257,580

2005

7,270

2,211,600

2006

7,690

2,187,530

Notes:
1. November 1995 to November 1998 (inclusive) numbers are uprated to WPLS totals and rounded to the nearest hundred. 2. November 1999 to November 2006 (inclusive) numbers are rounded to the nearest 10. 3. November 1995 to November 1998 (inclusive) numbers are based on a 5 per cent. sample, and are therefore subject to a degree of sampling variation. 4. These figures should be used as a guide to the current situation only. Source: DWP Information Directorate five per cent sample and 100 per cent Work and Pensions longitudinal study.

Jobcentre Plus

Dr. Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what percentage of jobs advertised through Jobcentre Plus referred the applicant to (a) an employment agency and (b) an employment business in the last month for which figures are available; [146555]

(2) what criteria an employment agency or business must meet to have one of their positions advertised through Jobcentre Plus; [146556]


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(3) what proportion of the agencies and businesses advertising positions through Jobcentre Plus have signed the Diversity Matters pledge. [146557]

Mrs. McGuire: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus, Lesley Strathie. I have asked her to provide my hon. Friend with the information requested.

Letter from Lesley Strathie, dated 5 July 2007:


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