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Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

Mr. Dunne: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many full-time jobcentre staffing positions have been (a) lost and (b) created in each parliamentary constituency since 1997; [213593]

(2) how many jobcentre premises have been closed in each constituency since 1997. [213594]

Mr. Timms: The information requested is not available.

Lone Parents: Income Support

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Department intends to spend before (a) October 2008, (b) October 2009 and (c) October 2010 on advertising and communicating to lone parents the changes to eligibility criteria for income support taking place on these dates; and if he will make a statement. [215831]

Mr. Timms: We are developing a communications strategy to support these changes, should they be agreed by Parliament. The associated costs will then be determined. In the interim we have provisionally set aside £330,000 in each of the three years to communicate the changes to all relevant audiences, including staff, customers and stakeholders.

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on advertising and communicating to lone parents the changes to eligibility criteria for income support taking place in October 2008; and if he will make a statement. [215834]

Mr. Timms: We have integrated messages about the proposed changes into current engagement with lone parents, such as local Options and Choices events, at no extra cost. We have spent a minimal amount, around £700, developing a factsheet to explain the proposed changes for distribution at the appropriate time.

New Deal Schemes

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times jobseeker’s allowance claimants requested, but were declined, fast track access to a New Deal Programme in each year since 1997 for which information is available. [211150]

Mr. Timms: The information requested is not available.

Pension Credit

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people made a claim for backdating of pension credit of (a) nine to 12 months, (b) six to nine months, (c) three to six months, (d) one to three months and (e) less than one month in each year since October 2003; and if he will make a statement. [213999]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 15 May 2008, Official Report, column 1700W to the hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Danny Alexander).

Post Office Card Account: Sedgefield

Phil Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people used the Post Office card account for the payment of benefits and pensions in Sedgefield constituency in 2007-08. [213993]

Mr. Plaskitt: The information is not available in the precise format requested.

Latest available information showing the number of DWP benefits and pension payments accounts paid into a Post Office card account in Sedgefield constituency has been placed in the Library.

Poverty

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of (a) 18 to 24-year-olds and (b) 24 to 30-year-olds lived in households with below 60 per cent. of median income (i) before and (ii) after deducting household costs in each year since 1997. [207146]

Mr. Timms: This information is in the following tables.


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Number and proportion of 18 to 24-year- olds in households below 6 0 per cent. of median income
Before housing costs After housing costs
Coverage

Number below 6 0 per cent. of median income (Million) Percentage below 6 0 per cent. of median incom e Number below 6 0 per cent. of median income (Million) Percentage below 6 0 per cent. of median incom e

GB

1997-98

0.8

17

1.2

25

1998-99

0.7

16

1.2

25

1999-2000

0.8

18

1.2

26

2000-01

0.8

17

1.0

23

2001-02

0.8

17

1.1

24

UK

2002-03

0.8

17

1.3

25

2003-04

0.8

16

1.3

25

2004-05

0.8

16

1.3

24

2005-06

1.0

19

1.5

28

2006-07

1.0

17

1.6

27


Number and proportion of 24 to 30 -year- olds in households below 6 0 per cent. of median income
Before housing costs After housing costs
Coverage

Number below 6 0 per cent. of median income (Million) Percentage below 6 0 per cent. of median incom e Number below 6 0 per cent. of median income (Million) Percentage below 6 0 per cent. of median incom e

GB

1997-98

0.8

15

1.2

20

1998-99

0.7

13

1.1

19

1999-2000

0.8

14

1.1

20

2000-01

0.8

14

1.1

20

2001-02

0.7

13

1.0

18

UK

2002-03

0.7

14

1.0

20

2003-04

0.7

14

1.0

20

2004-05

0.7

13

1.0

19

2005-06

0.7

13

1.0

19

2006-07

0.7

14

1.1

21

Notes:
1. These statistics are based on Households Below Average Income data.
2. Small changes should be treated with caution as these will be affected by sampling error and variability in non-response.
3. The reference period for Households Below Average Income figures is single financial years.
4. The income measures used to derive the estimates shown employ the same methodology as the Department for Work and Pensions publication “Households Below Average Income” series, which uses disposable household income, adjusted (or ‘equivalised’) for household size and composition, as an income measure as a proxy for standard of living.
5. The figures are based on OECD equalisation factors.
6. Figures have been presented on both a before housing cost and after housing cost basis. For before housing cost, housing costs (such as rent, water rates, mortgage interest payments, structural insurance payments and ground rent and service charges) are not deducted from income, while for after housing cost they are. This means that after housing cost incomes will generally be lower than before housing cost.
7. Numbers of individuals in each age range have been rounded to the nearest 100,000 individuals, while proportions of individuals in each age range have been rounded to the nearest percentage point.
8. Individuals aged 24 are included in both the 18 to 24-year-old age range and the 24 to 30-year-old age range.
Source:
Households Below Average Income, DWP.

Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate has been made of the proportion of (a) disabled and (b) non-disabled people living in poverty in (i) Kettering, (ii) Northamptonshire and (iii) England. [208186]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 2 June 2008]: The information requested is not available below the level of Government office region. Our poverty statistics, published in the Households Below Average Income series, allow a breakdown of poverty by Government office region.

In England in 2006-07, on a Before Housing Cost basis, 24 per cent. of disabled people were in households with incomes below 60 per cent. of median income, compared to 17 per cent. of non-disabled people. On an After Housing Cost basis, 26 per cent. of disabled people were in households with incomes below 60 per cent. of median income, compared to 22 per cent. of non-disabled people.

Poverty: Young People

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of 18 to 24-year-olds lived in households below 40 per cent. of median income (a) before and (b) after deducting household costs in each year since 1997. [207144]


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