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Jobseeker's Allowance

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of men aged between 18 and 24 years of age have claimed jobseeker’s allowance since it was established. [184906]

Mr. Plaskitt: The available information is in the following table.

Number and percentage of male claimants of jobseeker’s allowance aged 18 to 24 in Great Britain
Month ending Number Percentage( 1)

October 1996

333,600

13.8

May 1997

272,045

11.5

May 1998

226,725

9.7

May 1999

195,505

8.3

May 2000

170,850

7.2

May 2001

158,205

6.6

May 2002

156,265

6.3

May 2003

164,330

6.4

May 2004

153,105

5.8

May 2005

164,950

6.1

May 2006

191,340

6.9

May 2007

173,465

6.2

December 2007

155,275

5.6

(1) Percentage of the population of men aged 18 to 24.
Notes:
1. Number of claimants are rounded to the nearest five. Percentages are rounded to one decimal place.
2. Jobseeker’s allowance was introduced in October 1996 and replaced unemployment benefit and income support as the benefit for unemployed people seeking work.
3. Some people may appear more than once in this table.
Source:
Count of unemployment-related benefits, Jobcentre Plus computer systems (computer held cases only). ONS population estimates.

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Jobseeker's Allowance: Disqualification

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many weeks sanctions were applied to those recipients of jobseeker's allowance who did not apply for a job opportunity on first offence, broken down by Jobcentre Plus or Careers Service in each local authority area in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement; [176851]

(2) how many recipients of jobseeker's allowance who have failed to apply for a job opportunity were sanctioned on the first offence, broken down by individual Jobcentre Plus or Careers Service in each local authority area in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement; [176852]

(3) how many recipients of jobseeker's allowance were found not to have applied for a job opportunity, broken down by individual Jobcentre Plus or Careers Service in each local authority area in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [176853]

Mr. Plaskitt: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus,
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Lesley Strathie. I have asked her to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Mel Groves, dated 18 February 2008:

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unemployed non-disabled persons had their jobseeker's allowance suspended for (a) two weeks and (b) more than two weeks in each of the last 10 years. [181002]

Mr. Plaskitt: The available information is in the following table:

Number of non-disabled people with jobseeker's allowance sanctions by length of sanction( 1)
April 2000 to March 2001 April 2001 to March 2002 April 2002 to March 2003 April 2003 to March 2004 April 2004 to March 2005 April 2005 to March 2006 April 2006 to March 2007 March 2007 to July 2007

All sanctions

157,650

148,850

160,010

143,890

134,800

148,510

181,240

81,750

Varied length sanctions(2)

73,500

72,960

79,660

68,040

60,500

56,460

50,320

17,080

2 weeks

2,140

650

Less than 2 weeks

10,760

3,370

More than 2 weeks

37,420

13,060

Fixed length sanctions

13,960

13,030

13,730

13,380

12,830

14,320

20,860

10,840

2 weeks

11,350

11,000

11,380

11,030

10,590

12,080

17,330

8,510

Less than 2 weeks

10

10

10

10

10

10

0

0

More than 2 weeks

2,610

2,020

2,350

2,350

2,230

2,240

3,530

2,330

Entitlement sanctions(3)

70,190

62,860

66,620

62,470

61,470

77,730

110,060

53,830

(1) Individuals and decisions based figures are rounded to the nearest 10. Totals may not sum due to rounding. (2 )Length of variable sanction is available only from October 2005. (3 )"Entitlement Sanctions" refer to cases where benefit is suspended because there is doubt about the claimant's availability, or whether they are actively seeking employment. Benefit can be suspended indefinitely until the doubts are resolved. They should be counted as a suspension rather than a sanction. Source: DWP Information Directorate: Jobseeker's Allowance Sanctions and Disallowance Decisions Statistics Database.

Low Incomes: Council Tax

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of people in relative poverty in each region paid full council tax in the last year for which information is available; and if he will make a statement; [179441]

(2) how many households in relative poverty in each region paid full council tax in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement; [179442]

(3) pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2008, Official Report, column 436W, on low incomes: council tax, how many people constitute the (a) 2.7 million households in relative poverty before housing costs and (b) the 3 million households in relative poverty after housing costs, broken down by region; and if he will make a statement. [179443]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 16 January 2008]: The available information is in the following tables.


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Fewer poor households would pay full council tax, if households took up their entitlement to council tax benefit.

Proportion of individuals in relative poverty paying full council tax, by region (three-year average)
Region Before H ousing C osts After H ousing C osts

North East

51

48

North West

54

52

Yorkshire and the Humber

56

53

East Midlands

63

62

West Midlands

56

54

East of England

67

65

London

57

51

South East

70

67

South West

66

64

Wales

59

55

Scotland

52

51

Great Britain

60

58

Source:
Family Resources Survey 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06

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