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Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households were in receipt of incapacity benefit in each parliamentary constituency in the North East in the most recent period for which figures are available. 
Mrs. McGuire: The information is not available for households in the format requested. The available information, which is for those claiming incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance, is in the following table.
|Number of incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance claimants in parliamentary constituencies in the North East; as at November 2007|
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Numbers of incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance claimants by parliamentary constituency at November 2007 are published on the NOMIS website at: www.nomisweb.co.uk.
DWP Information Directorate 100 per cent. WPLS
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2008, Official Report, columns 890-1W, on income support: disabled, if he will investigate the reasons for the inability of a constituent of the hon. Member for Torbay to receive income support with disability element on a weekly basis. 
Mr. Plaskitt: Jobcentre Plus wrote to the hon. Member on 30 June 2008 explaining what action his constituent needed to take to receive weekly payments of income support. The situation has now been rectified and the constituent is receiving their income support weekly.
It has been brought to my attention that the reply I gave the hon. Member for Torbay, on 2 July 2008, Official Report, columns 890-1W, incorrectly stated that
all claims to income support are paid weekly, the answer should have read as follows. I apologise for this oversight.
Most claims to income support are paid on a weekly basis in arrears. However, income support paid on the grounds of incapacity for work is generally paid fortnightly in arrears (except where the case has been continuous since before April 1995). Customers receiving income support with widows or bereavement benefit are normally paid in advance.
Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much and what proportion of each type of state benefit paid to residents in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency was paid into Post Office card accounts in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Plaskitt: The answer is not available in the precise format requested. The following table shows the number and percentage of state benefit payments paid into Post Office card accounts in Bexleyheath and Crayford in each of the last five years.
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1. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10, percentages to the nearest whole per cent.
2. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
3. Figures refer to payment accounts. Claimants with more than one account will be counted for each account. Figures only relate to accounts live and in payment on the specified date.
4. Child benefit is administered by HM Revenue and Customs and War Pensions are administered by MOD. These benefits have therefore been excluded.
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