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We do not have any projections of the number of children in low income households on an after housing costs basis in each of the next five years.

A projection of the number of children in relative low income, on a before housing costs basis, made using the Department for Work and Pensions’ microsimulation model, is outlined in the Marker Review (Delivering on Child Poverty: What Would It Take? DWP November 2006). This is available in the Library. It is important to note that there are many uncertainties around such projections and they should be treated as wide estimates.

There have been further policies announced since the Review was published. Progress in reducing the number of children is Policies announced in Budget 2007, the pre Budget report and Budget 2008 will help lift over 500,000 more children out of poverty from 2010-11 than otherwise on a before housing cost basis. In addition, the Government have announced further measures to improve parental employment since that projection was made.

Civil Service Appeal Board

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of appeals by employees of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies were (i) heard and (ii) upheld by the Civil Service Appeal Board in each of the last 10 years; how much was awarded in compensation by the Board to each successful appellant in each year; what the reason was for each compensation award; how many appellants were reinstated by the Board in each year; and what the reason was for each (A) dismissal and (B) reinstatement. [192507]

Mrs. McGuire: The Department for Work and Pensions does not collate a central record of data in respect of appeals to the Civil Service Appeal Board.

Copies of the outcome of the board's decision are informed to departmental officials dealing with the case on an individual basis. The cost of trying to extract this information from individual clerical records for the period requested would be at a disproportionate cost.


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Statistics on appeals heard for each of the last 10 years can be found in Appendix 2 of the Civil Service Appeal Board's annual reports. These are available on the Board's website at:

Copies are also available in the Library of the House.

Departmental Labour Turnover

Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the turnover rate of staff in (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in each year since 2004-05. [195386]

Mrs. McGuire: The percentage turnover of staff in the Department for Work and Pensions and its agencies for each year ending 31 March since 2004-05 is in the following table.

Percentage
Turnover 12 months ending:
31 March 2007 31 March 2006 31 March 2005

DWP Overall

6.37

7.11

7.65

Jobcentre Plus

6.12

6.69

6.65

The Pension Service

7.46

8.68

11

Child Support Agency

8.79

8.70

11.45

Disability and Carers Service

4.62

5.89

5.66

The Rent Service

5.87

8.28

9.66

Appeals Service

n/a

9.48

10.66

Departmental Corporate Units

5.13

6.76

6.69

Note:
The Appeals Service transferred to the Department for Constitutional Affairs on 1 April 2006.

Departmental Public Expenditure

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2008, Official Report, column 570W, on departmental public expenditure, whether HM Treasury has agreed to treat savings in annual managed expenditure arising from other programmes in the same way. [193937]

Mrs. McGuire: In Budget 2008 the Government announced their intention to explore using a new funding mechanism to reward private and voluntary sector specialist providers for investing in helping long-term incapacity benefit claimants to return to work. Detailed proposals will be announced in due course.

Departmental Video Conferencing

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will set a target to increase the use of video-conferencing by his Department to reduce the need to travel to meetings. [195883]


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Mrs. McGuire: The Department for Work and Pensions has in excess of 250 video-conferencing systems located throughout its office network. As part of an initiative to reduce business travel, there is an existing programme, established in November 2007, to improve video-conferencing facilities as well as the number of systems deployed. This programme is supported by numerous communication events to heighten awareness of managers and staff. The Department is tracking usage of both video and audio conferencing facilities but has not set arbitrary targets. An additional conferencing tool will also be provided later in 2008 and this is expected to help provide further options to conduct more business from home offices and as a consequence reduce the amount of business travel.

Discrimination: Special Educational Needs

Mr. McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases have (a) been brought under the Special Educational Needs and Disability Discrimination Act 2001 and (b) been ruled unlawful confirming that less favourable treatment has taken place; and how many of these cases have been brought against universities. [176803]

Bridget Prentice: I have been asked to reply.

The number of claims of disability discrimination made in England and Wales dealt with by special educational needs (SEN) and disability tribunals are detailed in the following table.

Claims and outcomes at SENDIST from 2002-07
Claims Decided Upheld Dismissed

2002-03

79

14

3

11

2003-04

83

71

23

48

2004-05

78

56

22

34

2005-06

128

57

21

36

2006-07

119

85

36

49

2007-dec

60

30

16

14


None of the claims in the table includes cases against universities, which are not covered by SENDIST —special educational needs and disability tribunal— jurisdiction.

Higher education institutions such as universities are independent autonomous organisations who are responsible for ensuring that their policies and practices fully comply with disability discrimination legislation. The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills does not hold any information centrally on the number of cases brought against universities in respect of this legislation.

In Scotland, claims of unlawful disability discrimination in relation to school education are brought as civil proceedings in the sheriff court. Such data is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Universities in respect of this legislation.

In Scotland, claims of unlawful disability discrimination in relation to school education are brought as civil proceedings in the sheriff court. Such data is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.


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Drinking Water

Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on bottled water in the latest period for which figures are available. [189751]

Mrs. McGuire: The Department for Work and Pensions currently has a single contract to supply DWP offices with water coolers and associated services and equipment. Bottled water may also be provided for business meetings but is sourced from a variety of contracts and is not accounted for separately.

From April 2006 to March 2007, DWP spent £880,546 on bottled water. So far this year, from April 2007 to January 2008, DWP has spent £746,983. These costs include the provision of cups and sanitisation of the installed water coolers in addition to the bottled water itself.

DWP is committed to phase out the use of bottled water for all business meetings and replace it with tap water. We are aiming to have this process in place by the summer of 2008.

Income Support: Lone Parents

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in which the first child is now older than 11 years have made a continuous claim for income support for lone parents since 1997. [185861]

Mr. Timms: Information on whether people have claimed continuously as lone parents could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Jobcentre Plus: Closures

Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the reasons are for the proposed closure of the Jobcentre Plus office in Shepherds Bush; and if he will make a statement. [194332]

Mr. Timms: 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.

Letter from Lesley Strathie, dated 27 March 2008:

Members: Correspondence

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will answer the letter to his predecessor of 14 January 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester Gorton with regard to Timothy Gordon. [195387]

Mrs. McGuire: I can confirm that a response to this letter was issued to the right hon. Member on 13 March 2008.

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will answer the letter of 1 February 2008 from the right hon. Member for Manchester Gorton with regard to Ms Claudette Murphy. [195389]

Mrs. McGuire: I can confirm that a response to this letter was issued to the right hon. Member on 19 February 2008.

New Deal Schemes: Lancashire

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of those participants who have taken part in (a) the new deal for young people, (b) new deal 25 plus, (c) new deal 50 plus, (d) new deal for lone parents, (e) new deal for disabled people, (f) new deal for parents in West Lancashire constituency have (i) entered employment and (ii) entered sustainable employment. [194833]

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


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New deal in Lancashire West
Programme Individual starts Of which : into employment Of which : into sustained employment

New deal for young people

2,220

1,550

1,330

New deal 25 plus

1,060

400

320

New deal 50 plus

140

(1)100

New deal for lone parents

1,610

1,160

690

New deal for disabled people

460

250

New deal for partners

20

10

(1) Information in the table for new deal 50 plus is from January 2004 when data for starts to the programme first became available. The total number of people who have been helped into work through new deal 50 plus since April 2000 in West Lancashire is 370.
Notes:
1. Information on sustained jobs for new deal for disabled people is not available at parliamentary constituency level.
2. A definition of sustainability is not available for new deal 50 plus and new deal for partners.
3. A job obtained through new deal for young people and new deal 25 plus is defined as sustained if no return to jobseeker’s allowance is made within 13 weeks of a person leaving these new deals. For new deal for lone parents, a sustained job is a job recorded as lasting at least 13 weeks as measured through the Work and Pensions longitudinal study.
4. Information at parliamentary constituency level for new deal for partners is only available from April 2004.
5. Starts and jobs data in the table for all new deals is to may 2007 to provide comparative starts and jobs data. Data for starts is available to August 2007 and data for jobs to May 2007.
6. Programme start dates are: New deal for young people: January 1998; New deal 25 plus: July 1998; New deal for lone parents: October 1998; New deal for partners: April 1999; New deal 50 plus: April 2000; New deal for disabled people: July 2001.
7. Data is rounded to the nearest 10.
Source:
DWP Information Directorate

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