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Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioner households will receive the extra £60 winter fuel allowance payment in (a) January, (b) February and (c) March 2009; and whether these households will be informed when they can expect to receive the payment. 
Around 12.5 million Christmas bonus recipients are pensioners. It is not possible to determine from the system generated payments the precise number of pensioners who have been paid the additional Christmas bonus as eligibility for the payment is not based on age. However out of the 12.2 million payments issued by 9 February we estimate that over 90 per cent. were to people of pension age.
|Actual and forecasted volumes for additional £60 payment|
|Volume payments to be made||Percentage of forecasted total|
|(1) Exceptionally some payments may be issued clerically after 15 March 2009|
1. All payment figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. As of 9 February 2009 DWP have issued 12,231,904 payments.
3. The total volume of payments forecast to be made is 14,857,929.
Special Payment Programme weekly review document 11 February 2009.
A series of newspaper advertisements were published in the week of 5 January to alert all recipients of the Christmas bonus to the additional £60 payments and to explain that payments would be made between January and March 2009.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The extra £60 is an increase in the Christmas bonus payment not the winter fuel payment. It is not possible to provide the number of pensioner households in receipt of the Christmas bonus as the Christmas bonus is paid according to an individuals eligibility.
|Complaints regarding incorrect winter fuel payments for the past five years|
Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people entitled to a winter fuel payment in Greater London are yet to receive their payment from the last round of applications. 
Of the 12 million winter fuel payments, the vast majority, over 95 per cent. are made automatically before Christmas based on information already held in DWP records. In these cases individuals do not need to make an application.
However there are a small group of people who may qualify for winter fuel payments who need to make an application. This is usually because they are not in receipt of a state pension or other benefit administered by the DWP. Applications for this year must be received by March 2009. Payments are made in stages between November 2008 and May 2009 depending on when the application and supporting information is received.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government is taking to protect the Jewish community from anti-Semitic attacks; and if she will make a statement. 
Following the dramatic rise in anti-Semitic attacks recorded since the onset of the conflict in Gaza, the Secretary of State and I met with representatives
from Jewish organisations to provide reassurance that we are taking the action necessary to tackle the recent upsurge in anti-Semitism. The Government will continue to engage with relevant agencies including the Community Security Trust to ensure that the Jewish community is fully protected from the scourge of anti-Semitism.
The All-Party Inquiry into Antisemitism: Government Response One year on Progress Report published in May 2008 set out the Government's current programme of work to combat anti-Semitism. On 11 February, I attended a ministerial seminar hosted by my hon. Friend the Minister for Culture, Creative Industries and Tourism to discuss the Government's strategy towards tackling anti-Semitism on the internet. This was one of the key commitments set out in the progress report.
The UK is also taking an international lead in tackling anti-Semitism and hosted a landmark conference in February which brought together MPs and experts from across the globe to tackle anti-Semitism.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was claimed under the Bellwin scheme following the summer floods of 2007; and how much has been paid out to local authorities. 
John Healey: Local authorities claimed a total of £24,074,196 under the Bellwin scheme for the 2007 summer floods. £5,278,917 was excluded as it was not eligible expenditure under the scheme. A total of £18,795,279 was therefore paid out under the Bellwin scheme by the Department.
Mr. Khan: In 2007 we announced a renewed commitment to community cohesion with a £50 million investment over three years and a new public service agreement to build cohesive, active and empowered communities. We continue to support local authorities in delivering improvements in cohesion by providing a framework of guidance and targeted local support.
In addition in July 2008 we published the Inter Faith framework which aims to facilitate inter faith dialogue, thus building understanding and celebrating the values held in common by the different faith communities, such as integrity in public life, care, compassion and respect. The framework, which is supported by a funding commitment of over £7.5 million, is also intended to increase the level of collaborative social action involving different faith communities and wider civil society, so that people work together to bring about positive and concrete change within their local communities. Finally, it aims to maintain and further develop good relations between faith communities and wider civil society.
This work will also make a positive contribution to work we are undertaking to deliver the Meaningful Interaction strand of PSA21 (Cohesive Engaged
Empowered Communities) which aim to encourage meaningful interaction between people from different backgrounds.
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people are on local authority housing waiting lists in (a) Winchester and (b) Hampshire; and what the equivalent figures were (i) five and (ii) 10 years ago. 
Mr. Khan: Information is available on numbers of households rather than people. The number of households registered on local authority housing waiting lists in each local authority, as at 1 April each year, is published on the Communities and Local Government website in Table 600. The latest available data are at April 2008. The link for this table is given below:
Local authorities in England report the numbers of households on their housing waiting list as at 1 April in their annual Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix returns. The number of households on local authorities waiting lists in Hampshire is provided in the following table. This includes numbers for each local authority in Hampshire, including Winchester.
|Number of households on the waiting list (excludes households looking for transfers)|
|April 1998||April 2003||April 2008|
The cities of Southampton and Portsmouth are not included in the administrative Hampshire total.
Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix (HSSA).
Further information on the number of households on the local authority housing waiting lists for England, can be found in the statistical release Local Authority Housing Statistics England: 2007-08: Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix (HSSA) and Business Plan Statistical Appendix (BPSA). This was published on 22 January 2009 on the Communities and Local Government website at:
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Falmouth and Camborne of 29 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1137-40W, on departmental contracts, what the (a) purpose and (b) project topic is of each consultancy contract in the table provided in the answer. 
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