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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many successful applications to the Social Fund have been made in each of the last
five years; and what proportion of these applications were made (a) by telephone, (b) in writing and (c) by face-to-face interview. 
|Social fund initial awards for Great Britain|
|Community care grants||Crisis loans||Budgeting loans|
|Social fund initial awards for Great Britain|
|Sure start maternity grants||Funeral payments||Total (all five award types)|
1. Figures do not include awards made after review, reconsideration or appeal.
2. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
DWP Social Fund Policy, Budget and Management Information System
Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average value of benefits in kind provided by the state was to (a) single pensioners and (b) pensioner couples in Huddersfield in 1996-97 and in each year since then. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: A wide range of services and benefits in kind are available to older people and these are administered both centrally and locally. As a result, the information is not available in the format requested: some information is not collected and some could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The information which is available is given as follows.
The following table shows the estimated net ingredient cost (NIC) of medicines dispensed by the NHS in the community, to patients aged 60 and over, in the South Huddersfield and Huddersfield Central PCTs which existed from October 2000 to September 2006.
|Total NIC spent on people over 60 claiming free prescriptions|
|Financial year||PCT South Huddersfield - NIC( 1)||PCT Huddersfield Central NIC( 1)|
|(1) These figures have been taken from the prescription cost analysis database and are estimates based on a sample of prescriptions.|
Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) - NIC is the basic cost of a drug. It does not take account of discounts, dispensing costs, fees or prescription charges income.
Data for the period April 2006 to September 2006 are not available as they are part year.
Free NHS sight tests were made available to people aged 60 and over from 1 April 1999. Information on the value of NHS sight tests provided to people aged 60 and over within the area of the former Huddersfield Central primary care trust (PCT) and South Huddersfield PCT is only available on a consistent basis for the years set out in the following table:
|Financial year||Number of free NHS sight tests given to people aged 60 and over within Huddersfield Central PCT||Estimated cost of NHS sight tests to people aged60 and over in Huddersfield Central PCT (£)||Number of free NHS sight tests given to people aged60 and over within South Huddersfield PCT||Estimated cost of NHS sight tests to people aged 60 and over in South Huddersfield PCT (£)|
2006-07 sight test data are not available at PCT level. Strategic health authority (SHA) and primary care trust (PCT) level data for the first half of 2007-08 will be available in the NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Cares publication General Ophthalmic Services: Activity Statistics for England and Wales: April 2007-September 2007 due to be published by March 2008.
The table shows gross current expenditure for Kirklees metropolitan district council, which includes Huddersfield council, on older people aged 65 or over from 1996-97 to 2005-06. Social services information is not available broken down into single pensioner and pensioner couples. Information is not available separately for Huddersfield.
|Gross current expenditure( 1 ) by Kirklees metropolitan council on older people (aged 65 or over)|
|Year (1 April to 31 March)||Gross current expenditure|
|(1) Gross expenditure includes income from client contributions, but excludes capital charges and certain income items which count as expenditure elsewhere in the public sector, such as contributions from primary care trusts. This is to avoid double counting within the aggregate public sector accounts of the money involved.|
(2) From 2002-03 onwards, the data include clients who transferred to council with social services responsibilities (CSSR) support on 8 April 2002, who were formally in receipt of higher rates of income support under the Department for Work and Pensions preserved rights scheme.
(3) From 2003-04, additional funding was made available to CSSRs via the Supporting People grant.
Revenue outturn (RO3) and personal social services expenditure (PSS EX1) returns
Free television licences for people aged 75 or over were introduced in November 2000. TV Licensing, who administer free licences as agents for the BBC, are not able to provide geographical breakdowns of licences issued. However, figures, shown in the following table, are available for the number of households with at least one person aged 75 or over claiming Winter Fuel Payments in Huddersfield constituency. These people would be eligible for a free television licence.
|Number of households with someone aged 75 or over|
|(1) Main payment run only|
Data prior to 2004-05 are not available.
|Benefit||Basis of calculation||Cost (p)|
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women aged (a) 19 years and under and (b) 15 years and under, with dependent children, are in receipt of income-related benefits in England; and what the average amount of benefit is they receive. 
There are currently five income-related benefits: income support; income-based jobseekers allowance; pension credit; housing benefit; and council tax benefit. All the benefits have different rules as regards to the minimum age of claimants. Income support and jobseekers allowance cannot be paid to anyone under 16 years of age. Pension credit is for those aged 60 and over. There is no lower age limit for housing benefit, but it is payable to those under 16 years of age only in very exceptional circumstances. Council tax benefit is not payable to anyone under 18 years of age; under that age an individual cannot be liable for council tax.
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