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London South East South West Wales Scotland

February 1997

44

52

53

53

41

May 1997

45

53

56

56

44

August 1997

46

55

55

55

44

November 1997

45

55

55

53

44

February 1998

45

55

57

50

45

May 1998

44

56

58

53

48

August 1998

44

55

60

54

48

November 1998

46

56

61

56

50

February 1999

45

55

60

52

48

May 1999

48

56

61

56

49

August 1999

47

57

61

55

50

November 1999

47

56

57

56

51

February 2000

49

55

58

53

51

May 2000

51

55

58

54

53

August 2000

51

54

57

55

53

November 2000

52

56

60

59

54

February 2001

51

57

61

56

53

May 2001

52

58

64

61

56

August 2001

52

56

63

62

56

November 2001

52

56

60

62

56

February 2002

53

55

61

62

57

May 2002

54

57

65

62

60

August 2002

55

59

64

61

60

November 2002

53

60

66

62

60

February 2003

55

61

67

64

61

May 2003

56

63

66

63

64

August 2003

54

58

63

63

59

November 2003

50

56

60

58

58

February 2004

45

57

57

56

56

May 2004

44

54

56

55

55

August 2004

43

54

56

55

53

November 2004

44

52

53

51

51

February 2005

45

51

54

51

51

May 2005

44

51

55

52

53

August 2005

45

51

55

52

52

November 2005

47

52

55

51

51

February 2006

48

52

55

52

52

May 2006

51

54

57

57

55

August 2006

53

55

58

59

56

November 2006

54

54

57

57

56

February 2007

54

54

56

57

55

Notes: 1. Information includes the number of cases with a positive maintenance outcome where the parent with care is on Income Support or Income Based Jobseeker's Allowance as a proportion of all those with a positive assessment or calculation. This includes cases that are not charging. 2. A parent with care is deemed to be in receipt of Income Support or Income Based Jobseeker's Allowance if they or their partner is in receipt of the benefit. 3. The parent with care has been allocated to a Government office region through matching their residential postcode against the Office for National Statistics postcode directory. 4. The latest available benefits data is at February 2007. 5. Percentages are rounded to the nearest whole percent.

Christmas

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2008, Official Report, column 2084W, on Christmas, how much his Department spent on (a) Christmas cards and (b) postage of Christmas cards sent by Minister in 2007. [178640]

Mrs. McGuire [holding answer 31 January 2008]: The Department spent a total of £1,589.90 on Christmas cards sent by its six Ministers. We are unable to provide the cost of postage as some of these cards would have been issued by hand. Records of these were not kept.

Council Tax Benefits

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to increase the uptake of council tax benefits among (a) pensioners and (b) young families. [184482]

Mr. Plaskitt: Take-up of council tax benefit (CTB) is lowest among pensioners. Pensioners are, therefore, our priority and we have put in place measures to ensure take-up is improved.

People applying for pension credit by telephone can access CTB (and housing benefit) at the same time, using a shortened three-page claim form which is completed for them during the phone call. Customers only have to provide information once. The income and savings information supplied for the pension credit application is used for the CTB claim.

From October 2008 we will dispense with even the short claim form for claims made in this way. The Pension Service will collect the CTB claim information and pass it direct to the local authority for assessment.

There are also other measures to improve take-up generally which would include young families. Annual awareness campaigns providing data to local authorities to better target entitled non-recipients will improve the administration of CTB by local authorities.


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