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|Benefit claimants aged 25 to 34 by country and English regions: May 2007|
|All cases||Jobseekers||Incapacity benefits||Lone parent||Carer||Others|
|n/a = Not available.|
1. Case loads are rounded to the nearest 10 and shown in thousands; percentages to one decimal place. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
2. The total number of people aged 16 to 24, and 25 to 34 in each region have been used to calculate percentages of the population.
3. Statistical groups are hierarchical as follows:
Jobseekers are recipients of jobseekers allowance.
Incapacity benefits refer to recipients of incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance.
Lone parents are single recipients of income support with a child under 16.
Carers are recipients of carers allowance (see note 4).
Others on income related benefit are other recipients of income support (including income support disability premium) or pension credit.
4. Figures for carers allowance include those cases with entitlement but where payment is currently suspended (for example, because of an extended stay in hospital or an overlapping benefit).
5. The key out-of-work benefits are jobseekers allowance, incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance, and income support for lone parents. They do not include carers allowance or income support paid to carers.
6. Jobseekers figures are from benefit records and may differ from those published by ONS.
Information Directorate, Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS) 100 per cent. data; population figures are mid-year estimates for 2006 as supplied by ONS
Caroline Flint: 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 how much the Government has spent developing the Better Off Calculation system. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
The Better Off Calculator system was developed from an existing stand alone system. The initial software development costs were £1.77 million. Several developments have taken place since. Over the last two financial years we have spent £590,000 (2006-07) and £813,000 (2007-08) in maintaining and enhancing the system.
I hope this is helpful.
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