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. 
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question concerning the cost to Jobcentre Plus of employing fixed term staff and casual staff in each of the last three financial years and in 2008-09 to date. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
Details of fixed term temporary staff are not separately identifiable in the accounts. However, I am able to provide details of expenditure on employing casual/temporary staff for the requested years as follows:
2008-09 covers period from 1 April 2008 to 30 November 2008
DWP financial system
|Jobseeker's allowance claimants in North Yorkshire and England
|As at November each year
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.
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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of jobseekers allowance have had that allowance withdrawn following a failure to meet the conditions attached to receipt of the allowance in the last 12 months for which figures are available, broken down by category. 
|Number of individuals with jobseekers allowance (JSA) sanctions/disallowances in Great Britain
NTANeglected to avail themselves
FTAFailed to attend
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 Figures include all individuals who have had all or just part of their JSA payments sanctioned or withdrawn.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 Jobseekers direction. Payment of benefit continues in full pending the Adjudication Officers 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 Jobseekers 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.
DWP Information Directorate: Jobseeker's Allowance Sanctions and Disallowance Decisions Statistics Database