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In addition to this, DECC funds the Energy Saving Trust (EST), which is a not-for-profit organisation, providing independent advice and support to consumers on sustainable energy and carbon emissions reductions. The EST raises awareness and support through regional advice centres that provide a one stop shop, which offers a range of free and impartial advice on energy efficiency and easy access to the full range of offers available, for example under Warm Front and for the over 70s under the Carbon Emission Reduction Target.
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The EST has an informative, user friendly website and can be contacted for free through the Government-funded Act on CO2 advice line.

The Act on CO2 campaign has been broadcast nationally on TV, in the press, on the radio and online, with a new campaign website featuring a range of advice, tools and guidance on saving money and saving energy.

Fuel Poverty: Hillingdon

Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) households and (b) pensioner households he estimates are in fuel poverty in (i) the London Borough of Hillingdon and (ii) Uxbridge constituency; how many there were in (A) the London Borough of Hillingdon and (B) Uxbridge constituency in 1996-97; and if he will make a statement. [231804]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: I have been asked to reply.

The most recent year for which sub-national estimates of fuel poverty are available is 2003. The data for fuel poverty levels for 2003 come from the Fuel Poverty Indicator dataset—available online at:

In 2003, there were around 4,800 households in the London borough of Hillingdon in fuel poverty and around 1,600 households in the Uxbridge constituency in fuel poverty.

The data are not split by type of household.

There is no consistent source of data available for sub-regional estimates of fuel poverty for 1996-97.

Incapacity Benefit

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people began a claim for (a) incapacity benefit and (b) disability living allowance in each of the last 12 months, broken down by category of incapacity; [226163]

(2) how many people began to claim disability living allowance in each of the last 60 months, broken down by disability. [226166]

Jonathan Shaw: The information has been placed in the Library.

Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were (a) passed as eligible for, (b) examined before being passed as eligible for and (c) on incapacity benefit and disability living allowance in (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08. [228246]

Jonathan Shaw: Incapacity benefit is generally awarded initially on the basis of a medical certificate and the claimant meeting the contribution conditions. Referral for the personal capability assessment takes place once incapacity benefit has been awarded.

The available information on new claims is in the following tables.


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New claims for incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance, Great Britain
Quarter ending Number

May 2006

145,400

August 2006

152,300

November 2006

161,900

February 2007

149,400

May 2007

150,900

August 2007

157,700

November 2007

158,400

February 2008

123,500

Notes:
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.
2. It has not been possible to supply this data on a financial year basis, due to the way datasets were created.
3. Figures for the latest quarter do not include any late notifications and are subject to major changes in future quarters. For illustration purposes, total commencements for May 2004 increased by 18 per cent. in the year following their initial release.
4. The best statistics on benefits are now derived from 100 per cent. data sources. However, the 5 per cent. sample data still provide some detail not yet available from the 100 per cent. data sources. Figures are subject to a high degree of sampling error and should only be used as a guide.
Source:
Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate, 5 per cent. sample.

Disability living allowance new awards, Great Britain
Quarter ending Number

May 2006

54,200

August 2006

59,800

November 2006

57,700

February 2007

58,400

May 2007

57,800

August 2007

61,700

Notes:
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred and have been uprated to be consistent with WPLS data.
2. Figures include people with entitlement where the payment has been suspended, for example, if they are in hospital.
3. No scan data was available for November 2007. This means that it is not possible to determine on-flows from August 2007 to November 2007 and from November 2007 to February 2008.
4. The best statistics on benefits are now derived from 100 per cent. data sources. However, the 5 per cent. sample data still provide some detail not yet available from the 100 per cent. data sources. Figures are subject to a high degree of sampling error and should only be used as a guide.
Source:
Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate, 5 per cent. sample.

Disability living allowance awards where the customer was examined by a health care professional, Great Britain

Number

2006-07

20,628

2007-08

18,149

Source:
The Disability Living Allowance Legacy Computer System.

It is not possible to provide details about the number of individuals who became entitled to both incapacity benefit and disability living allowance. Information about the number of people who receive both disability living allowance and incapacity benefit is in the following table.


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Incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance and disability living allowance (entitled cases)

Number

May 2006

1,288,510

August 2006

1,290,810

November 2006

1,299,010

February 2007

1,299,760

May 2007

1,301,180

August 2007

1,307,730

November 2007

1,314,210

February 2008

1,312,080

Notes:
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Disability living allowance figures represent all people with an entitlement, including cases where the payment has been suspended, for example, if they are in hospital.
Source:
WPLS 100 per cent. data

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average processing time was for incapacity benefit applications in each quarter of each of the last five years (a) in total and (b) in each of the smallest geographical areas for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [231032]

Jonathan Shaw: From 2003 to 2006 the lowest geographical area for which figures are available was at a district level. From 2006 to date the lowest geographical area for which figures are available is at benefit delivery centre (BDC) level.

The information has been placed in the Library.

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the completion date of the reassessment of incapacity benefit recipients via work capability assessment. [231509]

Jonathan Shaw: In the Green Paper ‘No-one written off: reforming welfare to reward responsibility’, Cm 7363, we proposed a process for migrating existing incapacity benefit claimants onto the employment and support allowance. As part of that process we proposed the application of the work capability assessment. The consultation period for this Green Paper ended on 22 October and we will be publishing our response to the consultation as soon as possible. We would expect the process of migration to be completed by the end of 2013, if we decide to proceed as proposed.

Inspections

Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many inspectors were employed by his Department in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98. [228087]

Jonathan Shaw: The Department for Work and Pensions was established in 2001. The core Department does not currently employ any inspectors. Details of any inspectors employed by its predecessor Departments is not available.

The Rent Service, an Agency of the Department, employs 311 rent officers. As part of their duties rent officers carry out inspections of properties to assess property rental rates in relation to housing benefit claims.

The Rent Service was established in 1999, prior to this rent officers were employed by local authorities. The number previously employed by local authorities is not available.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), a non-departmental public body, employs health and safety inspectors and security inspectors. The numbers are shown in the following table:


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1 April each year Health and safety inspectors Security inspectors

1998

1,473

0

2008

1,366

13

Notes: 1. All figures quoted are full-time equivalents. 2. Transfers of staff between inspection bodies have caused some fluctuations in the number of health and safety inspectors over the period covered by this question—in particular, the transfer of 99 FTE inspectors to the Office of Rail Regulation on 1 April 2006. 3. Security inspectors work in HSE's Nuclear Directorate and transferred to HSE, from what was the Department for Trade and Industry, on 1 April 2007.

New Deal for Lone Parents

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of leavers from the New Deal for Lone Parents Programme entered immediately into sustainable employment, broken down by (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district; and if he will make a statement. [230560]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 23 October 2008]: The information requested is shown in the following tables.

Number and proportion of leavers (spells) from new deal for lone parents into sustained employment by Jobcentre Plus region, cumulative data to February 2008

Sustained employment Proportion of known and unknown destinations (percentage) Proportion of known destinations (percentage)

Scotland

57,170

43.3

46.9

North East

33,190

45.1

48.7

North West

71,640

43.3

46.8

Yorkshire and the Humber

52,960

44.6

48.4

Wales

35,940

43.4

47.2

West Midlands

40,070

41.3

45.1

East Midlands

29,550

46.6

50.9

East of England

31,790

41.3

45.9

South East

45,250

43.7

47.8

London

47,120

29.9

33.6

South West

44,670

44.5

48.8

Region unknown

3,760

41.4

48.4

Total

493,100

41.8

45.7


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