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| 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.|
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. 
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.
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. 
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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