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Incapacity Benefit

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the number of people receiving incapacity benefit (IB) in each parliamentary constituency; how many people made successful applications for IB in each constituency in 2007; and how many children are living in households dependent on IB in each London constituency. [215587]


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Mr. Timms: The available information for incapacity benefits claimants and on-flows has been placed in the Library.

For the available information about children, I refer the hon. Member to the written answer I gave her on 8 July 2008, Official Report, column 1562W.

Jobcentres: Closures

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many closures of Jobcentre or Jobcentre Plus offices are planned; and in which locations; [211141]

(2) which Jobcentre and Jobcentre Plus offices closed in each year since 1997. [211143]

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 14 July 2008:

Customer facing Jobcentre Plus offices planned for closure
Government office region District Site name Site address

East of England

Norfolk

Downham Market

6 High Street, Downham Market, Norfolk, PE38 9JX

East of England

Norfolk

Hunstanton

2-4 Northgate Precinct, Hunstanton, PE36 6BG

East of England

Norfolk

Wymondham

27 Fairland Street, Wymondham, NR18 OAW

London

South London

Wimbledon

153-157 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1NE

North West

Cumbria

Cockermouth

43 Station Street, Cockermouth, CA13 9QF

North West

Cumbria

Keswick

Unit 1, Packhorse Court, Keswick, CA12 5JB

North West

Cumbria

Millom

Government Buildings, St. Georges Road, Millom, LA18 5DN

North West

Cumbria

Ulverston

Glynis House, 25-27 Brogden Street, Ulverston, LA12 7AS

South East

Hampshire and IoW

Portsmouth

27 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth

South East

Hampshire and IoW

Portsmouth

Grd 1(st) and 2(nd) Floors, Lake Road, Portsmouth

South East

Hampshire and IoW

Portsmouth North

Kingston House, 227-229 Kingston Road, Portsmouth, P02 7ER


Jobseeker’s Allowance

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were receiving jobseekers allowance in each month since 2005, broken down by region; and if he will make a statement. [215895]

Mr. Plaskitt: The information has been placed in the Library.

Medical Certificates

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of sick notes issued by doctors in each of the last five years, broken down by region. [216577]

Mr. Timms: The information is not available.


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Pathways to Work: Contracts

Mrs. Humble: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he considered a departmental in-house bid following the entry into administration of the Pathways to Work contractor Instant Muscle. [214589]

Mr. Timms: No. We have always been clear that in order to benefit from the experience of the private and voluntary sectors in providing help to incapacity benefit claimants, delivery of Pathways to Work in phases two and three of the national roll out was to be provider led. Operational arrangements had been made on this basis both by providers and by Jobcentre Plus. The entry into administration of the chosen contractor did not affect these decisions or our ability to deliver Pathways to Work to customers in the relevant geographical areas.

Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of pensioner couples one or both of whom are aged 85 years or over entitled to but not claiming (a) guarantee credit and council tax benefit, (b) guarantee credit and housing benefit or local housing allowance and (c) guarantee credit, housing benefit or local housing allowance and council tax benefit in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement; [214956]

(2) what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of single pensioners of each sex aged 85 years or over entitled to but not claiming (a) guarantee credit and council tax benefit, (b) guarantee credit and housing benefit or local housing allowance and (c) guarantee credit, housing benefit or local housing allowance and council tax benefit in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement; [214959]

(3) what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of pensioner couples, where one or both were aged 85 years or over and living in poverty who were entitled to but not claiming (a) guarantee credit and council tax benefit, (b) guarantee credit and housing benefit/local housing allowance and (c) guarantee credit, housing benefit/local housing allowance and council tax benefit in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement; [215757]

(4) how many and what proportion of single pensioners aged 60 to 75 years or over were entitled to but not claiming (a) guarantee credit and council tax benefit, (b) guarantee credit and housing benefit/local housing allowance, (c) guarantee credit, housing benefit/local housing allowance and council tax benefit, broken down by sex, in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement; [215885]

(5) what estimates his Department has made of the number and proportion of single pensioners aged 60 to 75 years or over were living on incomes below 60 per cent. of the median income level and who were entitled to but not claiming (a) guarantee credit and council tax benefit, (b) guarantee credit and housing benefit/local housing allowance and (c) guarantee credit, housing benefit/local housing allowance and council tax benefit, broken down by sex, in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement; [215891]


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(6) how many and what proportion of pensioner couples, where one or both are aged 60 to 75 years old, who are entitled to, but not claiming (a) guarantee credit and council tax benefit, (b) guarantee credit and housing benefit/local housing allowance and (c) guarantee credit, housing benefit/local housing allowance and council tax benefit, in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement; [215986]

(7) what estimates the Department has made of the number and proportion of single pensioners aged 75 to 85 years old, who are living in poverty and who are entitled to, but are not claiming (a) guarantee credit and council tax benefit, (b) guarantee credit and housing benefit/local housing allowance and (c) guarantee credit, housing benefit/local housing allowance and council tax benefit, broken down by sex, in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement; [215987]

(8) how many and what proportion of single pensioners aged 75 to 85 years old who are entitled to, but not claiming (a) guarantee credit and council tax benefit, (b) guarantee credit and housing benefit/local housing allowance and (c) guarantee credit, housing benefit/local housing allowance and council tax benefit, broken down by sex in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement; [215989]

(9) what estimate the Department has made of the number and proportion of pensioner couples, where one or both are aged 75 to 85 years old, who are living in poverty and who are entitled to but not claiming (a) guarantee credit and council tax benefit, (b) guarantee credit and housing benefit/local housing allowance and (c) guarantee credit, housing benefit/local housing allowance and council tax benefit in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement; [215991]

(10) how many and what proportion of pensioner couples, where one or both are aged 75 to 85 years old, who are entitled to but not claiming (a) guarantee credit and council tax benefit, (b) guarantee credit and housing benefit/local housing allowance and (c) guarantee credit, housing benefit/local housing allowance and council tax benefit in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement; [215994]

(11) what estimate his Department has made of the number and proportion of pensioner couples, where one or both are aged 60 to 75 years old, who are living in poverty and who are entitled to but not claiming (a) guarantee credit and council tax benefit , (b) guarantee credit and housing benefit/local housing allowance and (c) guarantee credit, housing benefit/local housing allowance and council tax benefit in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [215995]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: Estimates of the numbers of entitled non-recipients of means-tested benefits in Great Britain, covering income support, pension credit, housing benefit, council tax benefit and jobseeker’s allowance (income based) are published in the report “Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up in 2006-07”.

The published estimates consider each benefit in isolation. I regret that no estimates are available for the numbers of people who are entitled to but not receiving combinations of income-related benefits.


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Social Fund: Finance

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the administrative costs of paying (a) crisis loans, (b) budgeting loans and (c) community care grants were in each year since 2003; and if he will make a statement. [216050]

Mr. Plaskitt: 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 14 July 2008:

Administrative costs of paying Crisis Loans, Budgeting Loans and Community Care Grants
£ million

Crisis Loans Budgeting Loans Community Care Grants

2003/04

21.5

26.2

n/a

2004/05

21.3

23

n/a

2005/06

24

24.5

n/a

2006/07

24

21.9

16.8

2007/08

38.9

15.3

16.1


Social Security Benefits

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the value of (a) income support and (b) jobseekers allowance as a percentage of forecast (i) mean and (ii) median earnings in each year until 2012; [200640]

(2) what (a) income support, (b) jobseeker's allowance and (c) child benefit was as a percentage of (i) mean and (ii) median earnings in each year since 1997. [200648]

Mr. Plaskitt: The available information is in the following tables. The percentage levels of benefits for future years will depend upon future movements in earning levels, uprating of benefits, changes in the composition of claimants' characteristics, and policy changes.


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Average weekly amount of income support (IS), jobseeker's allowance (JSA) child benefit (CHB) as a percentage of mean earnings
Percentage
Quarter ending May each year IS (excluding minimum income guarantee (MIG) JSA CHB per child (including premiums) CHB per family (including premiums)

1998

18.1

13.2

1999

17.9

12.9

3.0

5.5

2000

18.3

12.9

3.0

5.5

2001

18.7

12.4

3.0

5.3

2002

17.9

11.8

2.9

5.1

2003

18.6

11.7

2004

18.2

11.1

2005

16.6

10.2

2006

15.5

9.8

2007

14.9

9.9


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