Previous Section Index Home Page

15 Jan 2009 : Column 972W—continued

Jobcentre Plus: Temporary Employment

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to Jobcentre Plus of employing (a) fixed term temporary staff and (b) casual staff was (i) in each of the last three financial years and (ii) in 2008-09 to date. [245454]

Mr. McNulty: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the acting chief executive, Mel Groves. I have asked him to reply to the hon. Member.


15 Jan 2009 : Column 973W

Letter from Mel Groves:

Period £ million

2005-06

45.8

2006-07

26.4

2007-08

19.8

2008-09

16.9

Note:
2008-09 covers period from 1 April 2008 to 30 November 2008
Source:
DWP financial system

Jobseeker’s Allowance

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) North Yorkshire and (b) England claimed jobseeker's allowance in each year since it was introduced. [247593]

Mr. McNulty: The available information is in the table.


15 Jan 2009 : Column 974W
Jobseeker's allowance claimants in North Yorkshire and England
As at November each year England North Yorkshire

1996

1,528,620

11,990

1997

1,120,390

8,865

1998

1,030,330

8,070

1999

924,785

7,220

2000

800,200

6,105

2001

740,795

5,650

2002

730,620

5,030

2003

715,290

4,955

2004

651,320

4,240

2005

722,685

4,780

2006

771,165

5,350

2007

657,270

4,690

2008

878,045

6,430

Notes:
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest five.
2. Data are published at https://www.nomisweb.co.uk
3. Jobseeker's allowance replaced unemployment benefit and income support for unemployed people on 7 October 1996.
4. Figures exclude clerical cases.
Source:
100 per cent. count of claimants of unemployment-related benefits, Jobcentre Plus Computer Systems.

Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of jobseeker’s allowance have had that allowance withdrawn following a failure to meet the conditions attached to receipt of the allowance in the last 12 months for which figures are available, broken down by category. [243685]

Mr. McNulty: The available information is in the following table.


15 Jan 2009 : Column 975W

15 Jan 2009 : Column 976W
Number of individuals with jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) sanctions/disallowances in Great Britain
2007 2008

Aug Sep t Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul

Total

23,100

19,910

22,750

23,260

14,710

23,500

24,730

21,320

25,430

25,910

27,920

31,380

Varied sanctions —discharge from HM forces

Varied sanctions—leaving employment voluntarily

3,740

3,300

3,920

3,710

2,820

4,100

3,680

3,400

3,770'

3,890

3,760

3,820

Varied sanctions—lost employment through misconduct

800

730

720

800

580

970

1,060

880

1,010

1,040

950

940

Varied sanctions—NTA of an opportunity of employment

Varied sanctions—refusal of employment

730

700

850

1,050

820

1,060

990

860

1,080

1,070

1,190

1,360

Fixed Sanction—giving up place on training scheme/emp prog

240

190

220

190

150

200

220

170

210

210

240

280

Fixed Sanction—losing place on place on training scheme/emp prog due to misconduct

600

510

610

560

420

600

660

650

800

790

970

1,100

Fixed Sanction—refusal of place on training scheme/emp prog

10

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

40

Fixed Sanction—NTA of place on training scheme/emp prog

30

20

20

20

20

30

20

20

30

30

30

20

Fixed Sanction—FTA place on training scheme/emp prog

1,760

1,430

1,470

1,530

1,130

1,560

1,690

1,450

1,710

1,690

1,950

2,250

Fixed Sanction—Refusal to carry out a JS direction

270

210

280

230

180

200

220

210

210

240

270

320

Entitlement—Actively seeking employment

2,970

2,640

3,380

3,690

1,890

2,860

3,700

3,160

3,460

3,230

3,780

4,440

Entitlement—Availability questions

540

540

530

490

310

400

440

330

430

440

560

690

Entitlement—FTA Advisory interview/Failure to produce signed declaration

11,390

9,620

10,690

10,930

6,330

11,490

12,000

10,140

12,690

13,230

14,180

16,080

Entitlement—JSAg questions

20

20

30

30

30

10

30

30

20

30

20

30

Entitlement—Trade disputes

Entitlement—Joint Claim exemption

10

10

10

10

10

Definitions:
NTA—Neglected to avail themselves
FTA—Failed to attend
JSAg—Jobseeker’s agreement
Notes:
1. Individuals and decisions based figures are rounded to the nearest 10. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
2. The most recent adverse sanction is shown for each individual.
3. Figures include all individuals who have had all or just part of their JSA payments sanctioned or withdrawn.
4. Varied length sanctions are sanctions of between one week and 26 weeks imposed for leaving employment voluntarily without just cause, refusing employment without good cause, or losing employment through misconduct. The actual period in each case is at the discretion of the Adjudication Officer who makes the decision.
5. Fixed length sanctions are sanctions of two weeks (four weeks if repeated within 12 months, and 26 weeks if already received a four week sanction within last 12 months) imposed for refusal, without good cause, to attend an employment programme or carry out a Jobseeker’s direction. Payment of benefit continues in full pending the Adjudication Officer’s decision on a sanction question.
6. Entitlement sanctions apply to questions on which entitlement to JSA depends. For example, if there is doubt around whether the Jobseeker’s agreement (JSAg) is suitable, whether they are actively looking for work or making themselves available for work. In most cases payment of JSA will be suspended by benefit processing until the doubt is resolved.
Source:
DWP Information Directorate: Jobseeker's Allowance Sanctions and Disallowance Decisions Statistics Database

Next Section Index Home Page