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Amounts recovered by DWP broken down by benefit
Recoveries £ million
2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

IS

83.0

79.8

78.5

104.0

100.0

103.2

115.5

JSA(C)

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.2

0.3

0.8

1.1

JSA(IB)

8.5

7.7

9.2

17.0

12.5

15.6

15.8

PC

1.4

2.9

2.8

20.6

30.0

HB

0.9

1.7

2.2

3.3

3.2

6.6

4.0

Other benefits

95.3

100.5

92.6

61.4

61.7

73.9

88.9

Total

188.0

190.0

184.2

188.8

180.4

220.7

255.3


Social Security Benefits: Publications

Miss Begg: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 6 June 2008, Official Report, column 1234W, on social security benefits: publications, which benefit claims forms mention services provided by citizens advice bureaux. [212017]

Mrs. McGuire: The following 29 DWP claim forms mention services provided by the Citizens Advice Bureau or are accompanied by notes which mention their services:

Children, Schools and Families

Departmental Training

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on training courses for staff in the last (a) 12 months and (b) five years. [210554]

Kevin Brennan: The Department was formed on 28 June 2007. In the financial year 2007-08, we estimate a total spend of £2.7 million on learning and development across the Department—£813,000 was spent on internally provided courses.

The Department offers a range of corporate skills development including formal off the job training, e-learning and access to a range of learning and coaching materials from our learning and development function. All these are linked to the professional skills for Government agenda and our business and improvement objectives.

The Department has also placed great emphasis on good people management. Provision includes line manager coaching and supporting individuals while learning on the job. This is recognised as the most effective way to learn, apply, and develop skills and knowledge.

Internal programmes are available as follows:

Dyslexia: Essex

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point have teachers with specialist dyslexia qualifications. [212062]

Kevin Brennan: This information is not collected centrally. However, on 6 May, the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families announced that we have asked Sir Jim Rose to make recommendations on the identification and teaching of children with dyslexia. We expect to consider his recommendations early next year.

Some information about teachers’ qualifications will be gathered by the school work force census which will start in 2010. The information collected will be limited to ensure we do not place an undue burden on schools. So, although it will not collect information about all training, we expect to be able to provide more data than we currently hold on teacher’s qualifications.

The census will be seeking data on relevant qualifications for all teachers. A relevant qualification is any post A-level qualification that the school considers qualifies the teacher or teaching assistant to teach the subjects for which they are timetabled. We expect to see included,
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as a minimum, teachers’ ITT qualifications. For teachers with a PGCE, we are also requesting data on prior degrees. Qualification subjects will be coded using the Joint Academic Council principal subjects code set which includes ‘training teachers—special needs’.

Education: Young Offenders Institutions

Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2008, Official Report, column 361-4W, on young offenders: education, what training qualifications offered to young offenders aged 10 to 17 years are included under the term ‘other’. [212102]

Beverley Hughes: The following training qualifications offered to young offenders aged 10 to 17 years are included under the term ‘other’ in the answer to PQ number 206891.

Educational Visits: Low Incomes

Stephen Hesford: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what financial help is available to children from low income families wishing to participate in educational school trips abroad, with particular reference to visits to concentration camps. [211267]

Jim Knight: Many local authorities and schools recognise the importance of learning outside the classroom experiences and invest in them to meet the needs of children and young people regardless of their age, abilities or circumstances. It is important for young people to have a range of experiences including those within the school grounds, in the local area and day and residential visits further afield. Many schools arrange educational visits abroad including to concentration camps.

The Department announced on 4 February 2008 that we are providing £4.65 million of continuing support to the Holocaust Educational Trust’s “Lessons from Auschwitz” over the next three years. The project provides an opportunity for two students aged 16-18 from every school and college to participate in a one day visit to Auschwitz and our support makes it significantly cheaper for students who want to take advantage of this valuable educational opportunity.


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Educational Visits: Safety

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the recommendations of the report into the Glenridding Beck tragedy have been brought to the attention of (a) all teachers accompanying pupils to high-hazard environments and (b) those involved in the management and support of such teachers. [211032]

Jim Knight: The Health and Safety Executive, with my Department’s assistance, prepared and published in March 2005 a report following the incident in Glenridding Beck when a young pupil died. The criminal investigation had found inappropriate action on the part of the teacher in charge, who was subsequently convicted of manslaughter, and weaknesses in the employer’s management system. We drew the attention of school staff and their employers to the report and its recommendations.

This tragedy should not cloud the fact that the huge majority of educational visits of all kinds are run excellently by school staff skilled in risk management and committed to the care of those in their charge.

Extracurricular Activities: Chelmsford

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on after-school clubs in West Chelmsford constituency in each of the last five years. [210754]

Beverley Hughes: This information is not collected centrally. It is for local authorities, working with schools and children service partners, to develop strategies for how funding for extended schools is allocated, depending on local need.

The Department made a total of £840 million available to local authorities and schools between 2003 and 2008 to support start-up of extended services in schools. A further £1.3 billion will be made available over the next three years to support start-up and sustainability of services. Individual local authority allocations are available online at:

Other funding is also available to support extended schools, including money available to support personalised learning during and beyond the school day, and money available to support neighbourhood renewal.

Further Education: Free School Meals

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether 16 to 18 year olds in (a) sixth form colleges and (b) general further education colleges are entitled to free school meals; and if he will make a statement. [212000]

Kevin Brennan: Pupils aged 16 to 18 in (a) sixth form colleges and (b) general further education colleges are not entitled to free school meals. Only pupils registered at maintained schools are eligible to apply for free school meals. My hon. Friend at the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills, who is responsible
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for sixth form colleges and general further education colleges, has advised that they have no plans to provide free meals for students at FE or sixth form colleges.


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